Accommodation on Krk Island
Krk City

The Island of Krk

Krk Island is located in the Bay of Kvarner. With a surface area of 409 km2, it is the largest of the Adriatic islands (38 km in length and 20 km wide). The island has a population of approximately 16,500 inhabitants. Its highest peak is Obvoz (569 m), and is located in the southern karst area of the island. The harsh northwestern island coastline is plain, bare and sheer, which during "bura" (cold and strong northerly wind) periods can also be dangerous. The southwestern and southeastern island coastline is elaborated with many coves, bays and pebble beaches. The average atmospheric temperature in January is 5.6°C while in July it is 24.1°C. Annual precipitation is about 1,000 mm. Two lakes can be found on the island – "Jezero" (in the North near Omisalj) and "Ponikve" (in the central part of the Island). The lakes supply surrounding settlements with water. 30.9% of the Island's surface area, particularly in its central and western areas, is forested or cultivated in Mediterranean fruit and vegetable cultures, vineyards or olive groves. The northern and southern areas of the Island are characterized by rough stone strewn ground and pastureland. With the exception of Dobrinja, all larger settlements (Krk, Baska, Malinska, Njivice, Punat) are situated along the coast. Krk Island is connected by bridge to the mainland and by ferry links to neighboring islands Cres (Valbiska-Merag) and Rab (Baska-Lopar). "Rijeka" airport near Omisalj maintains air routes within Croatia and during the holiday (Summer) season with international destinations. 

The Town of Krk is the largest settlement within Krk Bay, located in the southwestern part of the island, and has a population of around 3.000 inhabitants. Of the older settlements on the Island (Omisalj, Dobrinj, Vrbnik and Baska), Krk is the only one that is situated immediately beside the sea. Its narrow streets and "warn" stone paving make the Old Town Center of Krk very appealing. Interesting visits include Frankopan Castle (XVth century) in the center of town, Krk Cathedral (XIIIth century), as well as several eminent galleries. 

Malinska is a tourist center in the northwestern part of the Island and accommodates about 1,000 inhabitants. At the beginning of the IXth century, Malinska underwent a transformation from a small village into a harbor settlement. Because of good ties with the mainland and mild climate, at the turn of the XXth century Malinska developed into a tourist destination, experiencing a boom between the two world wars and especially after the Second World War. Numerous beaches, natural beauty of a vibrant setting, cultural focal points and a mild Mediterranean climate with over 2,200 hours of sunshine per year, are features that attract most visitors, while the enchantment of the sea, sun and summer leave nobody indifferent. A high class hotel complex has been constructed in Haludovo Bay. 

Punat is located in the southern part of the Island in one of the most sheltered and most beautiful of bays. It is well known by recreational sailors for its Marina "Punat", one of the leading nautical centers on the Croatian coast. Punat has approximately 1,700 inhabitants. The name "Punat" originates from the Latin word "Pons", meaning bridge, which in past times linked the narrow pass in Puntarska gully from the south. In the middle of Puntarska Gully is tiny Kosljun Island with its Franciscan friary and small harbor. 

Vrbnik is located in the central area of the northeastern coastal section of Krk Island, overlooking Velebit Channel, beside the Gully of Sv. Marko (St. Mark). Vrbnik is located directly above the sea, on a 49 m high cliff, whose northern face falls almost vertically into the sea. Vrbnik has about 1,000 inhabitants. Access from the sea is difficult while a steep road leads from the harbor into town. In the nearby bay of Zgribnica, with its crystal clear sea water, a beach has been adapted for bathing. The harbor is well protected from winds. Vrbnik is particularly known for its refined wines (Zlatna Vrbnicka Zlahtina), making visits to wine cellars for wine connoisseurs quite worthwhile. 

Baska is located in the southwestern part of Krk Island. Because Baska is positioned at the termination point of the island road, it is also often known as "Kraje" (the edge). Baska is inhabited with about 820 persons, who in terms of dialect and lifestyle differ from all the other inhabitants of the island. Beside the old, densely developed town center, a new part of town has emerged, containing numerous hotels and guesthouses (pensions). The location of Baska has enabled continuous development and prosperity, by which today it is a recognized tourist destination, placing Baska in the "top ten" tourist destinations on the Adriatic Sea. 

Accommodation on Krk Island

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