Island of Krk

Krk, Croatia’s golden island with miles of secluded beaches, turquoise seas and idyllic towns and villages

Explore the island of Krk

its rich history and stunning landscapes

Krk is Croatia’s largest and most populated island, it is also the most accessible one given that it has its own airport and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. With almost endless natural beaches, numerous intertwined authentic Mediterranean fishing villages and ancient towns boasting historical and cultural monuments, catchy laid back Mediterranean atmosphere and mouth-watering local culinary delights, Krk is one of most sought after island destinations in the northern part of the Croatian coast.

Visitors are sure to find the perfect destination and accommodation type since Krk offers a wealth of hotels, apartments and campsites suited for all guests from families, couples to adventure seekers.Wherever you go – quaint Glagolitic Vrbnik, Malinska, Baška, Krk, Omišalj or Jurandvor the sight of Croatian literacy monument Baščanska ploča from the 10th century, you will discover that the ancient world has seamlessly blended into the daily island life of today’s towns bursting with dynamic tourist life.

TOP REASONS TO VISIT KRK

  • Easiest island to reach

  • Charming medieval towns

  • Beautiful coast

  • Cultural heritage

  • Renowned wines

  • Active holiday haven

Culture & history on Island Krk

4 B.C. The Japods, the first known inhabitants of Krk are expelled by the other Illyrian tribe – the Liburnians.
Around 9 A.D The arrival of the Romans.
5th and 6th centuries The arrival of Christianity and the first Bishop of Krk.
6th and 7th centuries The arrival of Croats on the island of Krk. During this period the Christian basilica in Sepen bay and Krk cathedral are constructed.
9th and 10th centuries The Greek visitors Ćiril and Metod came to the island and spread literacy in the ancient Slav Glagolitic script.
1001 The Venetians conquered Krk for the first time and for the next seven centuries the history of Krk was intertwined with Venice’s history.
1118 The Venetians conquered Krk for the second time, and took over the local tribe Dujam in a feudal contract who thus became the closest relatives of the Krk Viceroys.
End of the 12th century This was the time when the famous Krk Viceroys, the Frankopans, formed the Vinodol Act (1288) and 100 years later (1388) introduced the Vrbnik Statute. The first famous Frankopan was Dujam 1 (1118) and the last was Fran Krsto who in 1671 ordered the death of King Leopold Hapsburg and the fall of the Empire. The Krk Frankopan viceroys developed power at European level, and because of their economic power and social position, rival sides fought for their affection. They were so strong that no power, until Ottoman times, could threaten them.
1480–1797 A period of Venetian rule. The island of Krk fell into Venetian hands in 1480, the last island in the Adriatic to fall.
1797 Austrian rule started after the fall of Venice, which for a short period of time (1806–1813) stopped during the time of Napoleon’s Illyrian province.
1822 The Austrian government separated the island from the Dalmatian system and joined it to the Imperial system, together with Cres and Lošinj. This status stimulated the renaissance of the Croatian nation and during this time in the town of Krk, as well as Kastav, Croatian education and culture spread.
New history After the fall of the Frankopans Krk had many governors, from the Venetians, the French, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Germany, and Yugoslavia all the way to the independent Republic of Croatia in 1991.
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By plane

If you chose an airplane for your arrival to Krk at this website, together with dohop.com we provide you with the opportunity to search through all flights to Krk.

  • Airport Rijeka (RJK), Krk island, Croatia, 22 km from Krk

  • Airport Pula (PUY), Croatia, 120 km from Krk

  • Airport Franjo Tuđman (ZAG), Zagreb, Croatia, 210 km from Krk

  • Airport Ronchi dei Legionari (TRS), Friulia Venezia Giulia, Trieste, Italy, Friulia Venezia Giulia, 120 km from Krk

  • Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Venice, Italy, 270 km from Krk

  • Brnik Airport (LJU), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 170 km from Krk

By train

If you have chosen to arrive in Krk by train, on this page you can find the closest railway station.

  • Rijeka, 50 km from Krk
    + 385 51 211 111

  • Zagreb, 210 km from Krk
    + 385 060 333 444

If you are travelling direct within Croatia, you can receive more information on the web page www.hznet.hr.
If you are arriving from Italy, the nearest station is Trieste. Look for more information on the web page www.fs-on-line.it.

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