Krk: the golden island of Croatia
In this article:
- To do
- Travel time
- Practical information
- The nicest accommodations
- How do I get there?
- Our opinion
What to do in Krk
Our goal in Krk was to just relax and enjoy sun, sea and beach and fortunately that is very much possible here. Do you feel like doing something active? If so, this is also a great place to go hiking, biking, boating, snorkeling and even climbing. Plenty to do on the island of Krk.
Sightseeing in Krk in a nutshell:
- Visit the village of Krk
- Wine tasting visits in Vrbnik
- Walking along the promenade Punat
- Visit the monastery on the island of Košljun
- Visit one of the oldest villages on island Omišalj
- Admire the Biserujka cave
- Rent a boat or book a boat tour to explore the area
- Enjoy the most beautiful beaches on Krk
Visit the village of Krk
Visit the town of the same name on the island of Krk. Krk is bursting with history. Among other things, you can still find the remains of the Roman city walls from the 2nd century BC. You can also visit a beautiful cathedral from the 5th century AD. Besides lots of history, the town is also wonderful to visit for all the fun hotspots you’ll find here.
Sniffing culture and drinking wine in the medieval town of Vrbnik
Vrbnik – another (too) crazy name – is a cozy medieval town beautifully situated on a cliff. For example, you will find many churches and beautiful buildings here. But the area is also known for its wines. Consequently, this is the place for wine lovers. In fact, you can do wine tasting at several places here and taste wine made from the unique Žlahtina grape.
Stroll along the promenade of Punat
The town of Punat is bursting with cozy restaurants and cafes. This is partly due to the nearby port of Punat where the most exclusive yachts and sailboats are located. In addition to pleasant walks, you can also visit the island of Košljun in Punat. On this island you will find a small monastery where a number of Franciscan monks (the only inhabitants of the island) live.
Visit one of the oldest villages on Krk Omišalj
It is one of the first villages you encounter when crossing the bridge. The town of Omišalj is beautifully situated on a cliff. The center is car-free and has a charming feel. It’s a nice place to just pull your car over and take a walk.
The Biserujka cave is located on the island of Krk, 300 meters northwest of the village of Rudine. The cave is huge and full of stalactites and stalagmites. A visit to the great costs about 3 euros.
Rent a boat or book boat tour
At several places in Krk you can rent your own boat or explore the area with a boat tour. This is the best way to explore the island.
Most beautiful beaches on the island of Krk
- Stara Baska: Stara Baska is a small fishing village located in the south of Krk.In this part of the island you will find beautiful hidden coves. It is wonderfully quiet and plenty of room for everyone. Among other things, you will find the Oprna beach here.
- Rova beach: this beach in the most beautiful beach in Malinska and very popular with families.
- Golden Bay: this just sounds good already. This beautiful hidden bay finds between the towns of Punat and Stara Baska. You can reach the beach only by boat.
- Vela beach: this beach is located in Baska and is very popular with locals and tourists. The beach looks a lot like a sandy beach and there is an awful lot to do.
- Pecine beach: looking for a sandy beach? Then this is the place to be! The beautiful Pecine sandy beach can be found near Silo. By the way, the dog is also welcome.
- Magenli beach: this beach is found in the west and can be reached from the village of Brzac (yes another (too) crazy name). The beach is beautifully green and is very popular with naturists.
- Meline beach: this beach is very popular because of the mud that is said to help against all kinds of ailments. The water is quite shallow and perfect for a nice walk.
- Potovošće: The Potovošće beach can be found near Vrbnik on the eastern side of Krk. The sea is crystal clear and the beaches still nice and quiet.
- Punta beach: we found the beach at Punta very crowded, but if you walk all the way past Medana Beach you will find a lovely quiet stretch and the dog beach. Which was secretly much more beautiful and fun than the normal beach.
- Sunset beach: according to many, the most beautiful beach on Krk. You can find the beach near Njivica. Take a seat at one of the many trendy beach bars. In the evening, lively beach parties often take place here as well.
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Best time to travel to Krk
The best time to visit Krk is in June or September. Then the biggest crowds are over and you can still enjoy wonderful temperatures.
Transportation in Krk
It is actually a must to have your own transportation in Krk. The island is quite hilly and some beaches can only be reached by narrow roads. Therefore, we did not always enjoy driving around with the RV. Public transportation is not really there. You can rent bikes at several places, though. This is ideal for exploring the area
Which budget do i need in Krk?
beach and have a nice picnic. In the evening, we often chose a small simple restaurant. We also spent our days mostly camping, working or at the beach.
Below is our daily budget for Krk:
- Camping: +/- 15 euros per night
- Dinner: +/- 25 euros per day
- Lunch: +/- 10 euros per day
- Groceries: +/- 5 euros per day
- Other costs (fueling, parking, etc.): +/- 5 euros per day
Total budget per day Krk: 60 euros per day
Practical information about Krk
- You pay in Croatia with the Kuna
- The island is 400km in size
- There are special beaches for dogs
- Tolls for the bridge cost about 35 kuna
- If the dog is with you, a rabies vaccination is mandatory and your dog must be microchipped.
- A passport or valid ID of at least 6 months is required for Croatia. A visa is required only if you wish to stay in Croatia for more than 90 days.
- You can also buy medication for the dog in Croatia. For example, we had forgotten worming pills and bought them on the island. In the Netherlands, you quickly pay 10 euros per box. In Croatia, only 3 euros.
What are nice places to stay in Krk?
Our first night we booked a spot at Camping Marta after hearing an awful lot of good stories about it. Unfortunately, there was no more space available and were therefore put down in the parking lot, but for a while at the full price of about 25 euros per night.
Besides the impertinence of charging full price for a parking space, we found the campground very unsociable and the facilities quite outdated. For example, in the shower there is no space to change your clothes, which means you can cozy up in public. So we quickly moved to a new place the next day. No idea, why this campground gets such good reviews.
Camping Olive Garden
Our next stop became Campground Olive Garden near Punta. The campground is located among olive groves on quite a hill The drive up was therefore quite exciting. But once we arrived, we were sold. What a top place! This is definitely one of our favorite campsites we have ever stayed in.
The location is amazingly beautiful, natural and the sites are super spacious. You can stand anywhere. Tents are set up among the olive trees and we managed to get a spot with a great view of the sea. So we stayed here for several days. The facilities are indeed a bit outdated, but for the amount you have to pay and the location, this doesn’t really matter at all.
How to get to Krk?
From the mainland you can reach Krk very easily. for there is a giant toll bridge that you can use for 35 kuna. You can also fly directly to Krk.
We drove from Rovinj to Krk and took about 2 – 3 hours with the motorhome. From Krk we continued to Gospic, about 3 – 4 hours by motorhome (80 km per hour).