Quintessential Krk Island, Croatia

Aside from being the largest and northern most island of the Adriatic, Krk Island is also a tourism powerhouse for Croatia because of its beauty and diversity. And if you have trouble pronouncing this island's name because of the lack of vowel, you may also call it (the way Italians or Germans do), “Veglia” and…

Aside from being the largest and northern most island of the Adriatic, Krk Island is also a tourism powerhouse for Croatia because of its beauty and diversity. And if you have trouble pronouncing this island's name because of the lack of vowel, you may also call it (the way Italians or Germans do), “Veglia” and “Vegl” respectively.

Krk is the quintessential Mediterranean island gifted with a dramatic coastline and gorgeous beaches. It is the closest island for those coming from the continental part of Europe, making it even more irresistible to tourists. Krk's accessibility has only been enhanced by the building of the Krk Bridge, which conveniently connects the island to mainland Europe. And if you prefer to fly, the island also maintains its own international airport.

This Croatian island boasts a number of spectacular coastal towns and lovely villas, but if there is one place that you should definitely experience before going to coastal towns, it would be the City of Krk. The city, which bears the same name of the island, is considered the center for administrative, business and education. This is where you will encounter most of the permanent residents of Krk Island.

Despite having more urbanized areas, Krk City exudes more of a town atmosphere. It has made itself attractive to tourism as it boasts a number of holiday spots. Being about two thousand years old, Krk also has historical and cultural sites that will make a visit here more diversified and a delight to explore.

Walk along the walls that have fortified the town for thousands of years, then head out to Kamplin square. This square faces the 12th century Frankopan fortress, which used to defend the city from invaders but is now cultural events venue. The Krk Cathedral and the sacred complex of three churches is another precious architectural heritage that testifies to the city's ancient past. The complex was built over the ruins of a basilica and monasteries created by the early Christians, who settled here in the 5th century.

If spending time on a beach is what you prefer, you do not have to go far from the city to do just that. The main city beach, Porporela, has the Mediterranean look and vibe that will most likely satisfy you. This pebble beach and Blue Flag awardee lies on the western section of the city, close to the Jezevac campsite. Aside from Porporela, there are other Blue Flag beaches between the city center and the popular Hotel Koralj.

At night, you can head out to the city center for some exciting Croatian nightlife experiences. Some of the popular bars to explore include the disco bar – Jungle, the night club – Casa del padrone and the cocktail lounge – Volsonis. If you want to visit when the locales are in high spirits and ready to party, then schedule your visit around the 7 through the 10th of August, as this is the period for celebrating Krk's traditional fair. At this time, the city transforms into a big marketplace and performance venue. Aside from taking part in the festivals, and enjoying the events organized during the fair, make sure to try the local culinary specialties.