Among the 1185 Croatian islands, only one is golden, Insula Aurea – the island of Krk. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, excellent geographical position and a variety of natural and cultural beauties have earned it, even in ancient times, the name “golden island”. Its cultural heritage has given it another name – the cradle of Croatian culture, whilst at the beginning of the 20th century it was named the “sixth continent”.
The 45th parallel passes through the island, its longest part is 38 km and its widest 20 km long. Its coast is around 190 km long. The closest mainland is only about a hundred metres away and its neighbouring islands are the islands of Cres, Goli and Rab; several smaller islands also pertain to it (the largest being Plavnik, which has 17 km of coast, and the smallest Školjić with only 400 m of coast); it has an unusual and varied relief, ascending from the north-western to the south-eastern part – from picturesque gentle coves and lagoons, across fertile fields and dense forests with sub-mediterranean vegetation, to bare limestone and real mountain landscape. There are three streams and two lakes on the island of Krk.
On the highest mountain top, Obzovi (570 m), visitors might forget that they are actually on an island. Some very specific phenomena can be encountered here – for example, Krk’s flora includes around 1.400 species of land plants, or almost half of the Croatian total. Its endemic plant the “Barbašova lazarkinja” is one of the world's rarities and only grows in the Baška lagoon.
Its fauna also has some rare species, bird species, for example, vary from eagles/vultures to the oriental steppe “vrški tić”. To all this complex contrast of natural characteristics we should also add Mediterranean climate – hot summers and mild winters, a cold continental wind blowing from the northeast – bora, the humid southerly and a pleasant summer wind – maestral blowing from the west.
Literally all roads lead to the island of Krk: from the land – over the Krk bridge; from the sea – by boats into the ports or small marinas, and by ferry to the Valbiska harbour, from the air – by plane to Rijeka's airport nearby Omišalj.
Discover our island – uncover its charms and treasures in every season: roam through its beautiful and varied landscapes, visit its thousand year-old monuments, museums and galleries. Breathe in the feeling of wellbeing whilst walking along the romantic pathways by the sea or along the wild shepherd's rocky paths. Enjoy the magical tastes of Krk’s cuisine and delightful home-made wine. Take advantage of your stay by enjoying all the delights of the island in the fullness of its rich and varied accommodation, tourist and catering offer.