The “golden island”, as the island of Krk has been called since ancient times, is the nearest island to western Europe. The latitude of the island is 45° and the longitude is 14°35'. We do not consider it an island so much anymore because it has been connected with mainland since 1980 a 1400m long bridge made of reinforced concrete. Krk has approximately 16500 year round inhabitants in seventy different settlements.
The island Krk has many different landscapes . The north part of the island is almost bare because of the strong wind called “bura” (Italian: bora) while the southernpart abounds with greenness and gentle bays. Inland, rocky hills alternate with fertile fields. This sort of relief favorably provides for the cultivation of grapes and the production of the well-known wine “Vrbnička Žlahtina.”
If you can't visit the island Krk during the summer, come in spring or autumn. If the weather is nice, you can have a swim in the sea in June, September and October. There are some (brave ones) who swim from April to November
Croatian, but many local people still speak Italian. English and German are also widely understood.
You can reach Krk by land, sea and by air because there is also an airport (Rijeka airport) which can handle large and small planes. The island doesn't have a railway. The nearest railway station is in Rijeka, only 30 km from Krk. There are daily trains to and from Italy, Austria, Germany and Hungary. Rijeka also has daily coach lines which connects all European points such as Munich, Zurich, Trieste, etc. If you like boat rides you can also reach Rijeka by ferry and one of the safe harbours of the island in your own boat. You can leave your boat during the winter in Marina Punat or in other marinas offering dry storage. For the sake of orientation, here are some rough distances for those who prefer coming by car:
München ~ 600 km, Wien ~ 500 km, Budapest ~ 600 km, Praha ~ 800 km, Bratislava ~ 600 km, Trieste ~ 100 km, Milano ~ 550 km, Ljubljana ~ 150 km, Zagreb ~ 200 km
There is a bus public transport but it is not very frequent. The best way to get around is by car. Krk is a diverse island and it is worth exploring. It is possible to hire a car, a scooter or a bicycle on the island.
Snorkeling is a popular activity during summer months – The Adriatic Sea is very clear around Krk Island offering great opportunity to explore the undersea world by using mask + snorkel only. The coastline is diverse: some beaches are sandy others are rocky, covered with seagrass or brown algae. You can see almost everywhere yellow tube sponges, sea cucumbers and different types of starfish and fish. Sea anemones are also visible almost everywhere and sea-silkwork can be found on some places. Be careful with sea urchins, wearing water shoes are recommended! Great places to snorkel:
Read more in the Snorkeling on Krk - Croatia article on Snorkel Around The World Site.
Cheese, domestic prosciutto (pršut), seafood, barbecued lamb
Domestic vine "Vrbnička žlahtina"