The lush Island of Krk is located in the northern Adriatic Sea, positioning it as a natural first stop for tourists visiting Continental Europe from the Balkans – and vice versa. Krk is one of the largest islands in Croatia, but not so large that it can support a crowded megalopolis, so instead of being cluttered by enormous buildings, the landscape is open and inviting, except for the occasional small town or village. The largest settlement on the island, also called Krk, has just over 6,000 residents, and most others have less than 2,000. The second largest community, Omisalj, hosts Rijeka Airport, and is connected to Rijeka, Croatia, by one of the largest concrete bridges in the world.
People have been living on the island since before the Roman Empire, and it’s historically been seen as one of the most beautiful places in the world to live. That reputation hasn’t receded in the modern era, and Krk has been voted as one of the best islands to live on. One of the real estate agencies, Casa de Mar Krk, gets regularly field calls from tourists that want a more permanent place on the island – which only proves the fact that Krk is one of the property hotspots in Croatia.
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Tourism is the largest industry in Krk, thanks to it’s perfect location and rich history. Every village has something to see, from ancient buildings to beautiful vistas boasting fantastic weather. The island has been inhabited so long, just about any era in history can be explored without ever leaving island.
Frankopen Castle in the town of Krk was first built in 1191, but restorations in the 14th and 16th centuries show the growth of European architecture during the time. The village of Vrbnik has a political charter dating back to 1388, and besides being home to the Gothic Chapel of the Rosary, offers visitors a view of vineyards that stretch out to the horizon – along with the promise of some delicious local wines.
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The island’s cultural history makes it a fantastic destination for food and wine lovers from all over. Besides having it’s own Croatian cuisine to draw from, chefs in the area have centuries of experience experimenting with foreign flavors to draw from. The restaurants on the island are some of the best in the region, and their position in the sea mean that seafood is as fresh as seafood is capable of being. Since the island is so sparsely populated, visiting foodies can also be sure that nearly everything on their table isn’t too far away from where it was grown or made.
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Even though the communities are small, they know what tourists want and they want it themselves. There are nightclubs, like Boa in Malinska and Jungle in Krk, that stay open all night, and many of the communities hold regular village parties, where DJs play on the waterfront and the weather is good enough people can stay out all night.
Reaching Krk is easy. Besides all of the ship tours that go to the area, Rijeka Airport in Omisalj is one of the busiest tourist airports in the area, and many of Europe’s economy airlines stop there. Accommodations are easy to find, since every village and town has numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, and homes for rent. There’s even camping facilities.
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