Krk is a Croatian island that holds no secrets, but it’s not lacking in surprises. The first surprise is excellent traffic connection with the mainland, because of the Krk bridge, and a kilometer from Omišalj you can find an international airport capable of admitting all sizes of aircrafts by day and night (LDRI, 45°13ʹ01ʺN 14°34ʹ13ʺE). Krk is connected to the islands of Cres and Losinj by the Valbiska-Merag ferry, and to the mainland by a Crikvenica-Šilo passenger-boat. Island roads range from very good to great. After this short and intense traffic rhapsody you could expect a “but“. Here it is – traffic is jam-packed in July and August, so much so that crowds and parking become a big problem. If you are planning to stay in Krk during peak season, be sure to choose accommodation with a private parking space which should be stated in the offer.
When you’re parked and unpacked, you can start exploring this wonderful 400 square-kilometer island with many bays and coves, lush vegetation, interesting gastronomical offer and various day and nighttime fun activities.
What ever your ideal holiday may be, there is some things you really must taste, when staying in Krk:
1. Surlice (Shurlice) – hand-made pasta prepared in various ways throughout the island, you can eat them in almost every restaurant
2. Zlahtina (Zhlahtina) – white wine made from grapes in the Vrbnik fields which you will want to take home with you, in a more serious quantity. Buy it directly from local wineries which you will notice immediately when you enter the Vrbnik area, just follow the signs. If you are not (or if you are) particular about presenting the packaging to your neighbors and friends, ask the wine to be poured in your own bottles, it will cost less. Local people and informed tourists shop in this way.
If you need something exclusive to present to your business partners, perhaps, you can purchase sparkling wine, matured in a constant temperature of 12°C, in semi-darkness, peace and quiet, with stronger pressure then in wine-cellars. On the bottom of the sea.
3. Janjetina (lamb) – the tradition of sheep-herding in Krk is more than 1000 years old. The fields for grazing are rich in aromatic Mediterranean herbs that give a special flavor to the meat.
4. Riba (fish) – you are in an island with many professional and amateur fishermen, do not miss out on this opportunity. If you want to prepare the fish yourself, be one of the first at the fishmonger’s in the morning, to get the best selection. Sleepy-heads don’t get the good pieces.
Krk is filled with hiking and bicycle trails (very well-marked) and nature and views make you forget about the passage of time. Don’t miss out on the one-day cruises by boat. There is so many of them you will have problems deciding which one to take. For you boaters and sailors, the Punat marina is in a deep protected bay where you can even service your vessel. Architectural buffs have something to do for days, from ancient artefacts until today, most of the architecture has been used through all that time. Merger of different time-periods resulted in peculiar situations – there is a night-club where a museum should be facilitated, with a pool-table separated from the rest of the club by an ancient Roman wall! If you find this interesting, take an evening stroll through the center of the town of Krk and follow the beat which will unmistakably lead you there.
Krk is known in all tourist-maps, and it is always here to surprise you.