Legend and reality
1185 Croatian islands, only one of them is the golden one, the
Insula Aurea – the island of Krk. Located in the centre of
the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive
tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good
geographical position and variety of natural and cultural
beauties gave it, even in ancient times, the name "golden
island". Its cultural heritage has given it another name
– the cradle of Croatian culture.
The 45th parallel passes through the island, whilst its longest
part is 38 km and its widest 20 km long. Its coast is around
190 km long. The closest mainland is only about a hundred
metres away and its neighbouring islands are the islands of
Cres, Goli and Rab; a few smaller islands also pertain to it
(the largest being Plavnik, and the smaller Školjić );
it has an unusual and varied relief, climbing from the
north-western part to the south-eastern part – from
picturesque gentle coves and lagoons, along fertile fields and
dense forests with sub-mediterranean vegetation, to the parts
of bare limestone and real mountain landscape. On the island
of Krk there are three streams and two lakes.
On the highest mountain top, Obzovi (570 m), visitors may forget
that they are actually on an island. Here some very specific
phenomena can be found – such as the flora in Krk which
includes around 1400 species of land plants, which are almost
half of the total in Croatia. Its unique plant the “Barbašova
lazarkinja” is one of the world's rarities and it only grows
in the Baška lagoon.
Amongst its fauna, we can count rare species too, bird species, for
example, vary from eagles/vultures to the oriental steppe
"vrški tić". To all this complex contrast of
natural characteristics we should add a Mediterranean climate
– hot summers and mild winters, a cold continental wind that
blows from the north-east-the bura and the humid jugo, and a
pleasant summer wind, the maestral that blows from the west.
Literally all roads lead to the island of Krk: from the land –
over theKrk bridge; from the sea – by boats into the ports
or small marinas, and by ferry to the Valbiska harbour, from
the air – by plane to Rijeka's airport which is located
close to Omišalj.
The island of Krk is just 30 kilometres away from the city of
Rijeka – which is the traffic, business, commercial,
university and cultural centre of Kvarner. No matter which
road you choose, on your arrival to the island of Krk, you
will certainly find that the golden island has been honoured
with the uniqueness of variety – and is a connection between
present and past, modernity and the antiquated, legend and
Since ancient times it is believed that the destiny of the island
of Krk is connected to the number seven: it was inhabited by
the Croatian people in the 7th century, it has survived
attacks by pirates seven times, the seventh nobleman from the
Frankopan family was the last Prince of Krk. Today the island
of Krk has seven centres.
Discover our island – uncover its charms and treasures in every
season: cruise through its beautiful and varied landscapes,
visit its thousand year-old monuments, museums and galleries.
Breathe in the feeling of wellbeing whilst walking along the
romantic pathways by the sea or along the wild shepherd's rock
paths. Enjoy the magical tastes of Krk cuisine and delightful
home-made wine. Take advantage of your stay by enjoying the
delights the entire island is offers in the solidity of its
rich and varied accommodation, and tourist and catering offer.