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The Island of Krk in Croatia

Krk Croatia - typical of the slogan ‘The Mediterranean As It Once Was’. Known as the ‘Golden Island’ since the Roman empire gained control of the island in the 9th century A.D, Krk is situated off northern Croatia's Adriatic coast. Nestled in the Bay of Kvarner, Italy to the east is less than 60 miles away, and Austria to the north approximately 130 miles distance.

The island is Croatia's largest, boasting an area of almost 410 square kilometers. With a population of nearly 20,000 dotted amongst 70 towns and villages, the Island of Krk is also Croatia's most inhabited island.

Krk Island



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Location & Accessibility

With its position in the Kvarner Gulf, Krk provides an ideal stepping stone to a number of European countries, including Germany, Austria and Italy - the canals of romantic Venice are only 160 miles away - as well as to Croatia and the rest of the Adriatic.

Krk's international airport is what makes the island really convenient to get to.  International flight arrivals are scheduled  from London, Bristol, Cologne, Stuttgart and Hanover amongst others. 

The island is connected to mainland Croatia  by a mile long bridge, the Krk Bridge, which with a span of 1.3 km, exceeds the Sydney Harbour bridge by 85 meters. Since the bridge was built in 1981, having to wait for a ferry to get to Krk has become a thing of the past - though if you're so inclined a ferry service still operates from Senj on the mainland.

The city port of Rijeka is less than 30 minutes drive away; Istria is 1 hour; and the fashionable shops of Zagreb 2 hours away.

An Island of Contrasts

Contrasts in landscape dot the Island of Krk, from beautiful pebble beaches to rugged mountain terrain. In the north the island is almost bare because of the strong wind - the bura - while the southern part abounds with lush greenery and gentle bays. Inland, rocky hills alternate with fertile fields and woods.

Baska in the south is famed worldwide for its stunning beaches, while the mountain peak of  Obzova is the highest point.  Climbers agree that Obzova is the perfect background for seemingly endless journeys that culminate in breathtaking views of the island in its entire splendour.

Average daily temperature during the months of July and August tends to be around 27° C, occasionally rising to 33° C, with an average sea temperature of around 25° C. The coldest month is usually January with an average temperature of about 5° C. 

Above all, Krk maintains the characteristics of a typical Adriatic island: jagged coasts, small bays and inlets, many small uninhabited islands, small secluded beaches and great cuisine based on fresh fish caught from the surrounding Adriatic.

The Island of Krk is divided into municipalities, each that feature their own unique appeal and charm. The municipalities are Omišalj, Malinska, Punat, Dobrinj, Vrbnik, Baška and Krk.

For more information about Krk, you may wish to visit, a great website with lots of information about travel on the island and with some useful resources to help you find rented accomodation to stay in while you're looking around for your ideal property! Alternatively, you can find further accommodation in Croatia here.



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