The Traveler's Guide
Top 10 Things to Do in Krk
You won’t regret leaving mainland Croatia behind if it’s in favor of this large, bridge-connected island. It’s close and easily accessible, so it’s great for a day trip. But as you’ll see here, there’s enough to do for a week long stay … or more.
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1. Wine Tour in Vrbnik
The Vrbnik area should be your first stop to find wine on the island of Krk. The family-operated Katunar Winery is an old wheat farm that now produces seven types of wine and four homemade spirits. Katunar has been visited by all sorts of important political figures, including former U.S. President George Bush and former Chinese President Hu Jintao. Rumor has it, their Biser Mora champagne is a favorite of Vladimir Putin!
2. Tour a Thousand-Year-Old Church — or Two
In Krk Town, the island’s hub, two landmark churches lay just steps from one another. The two-level Sveti Kvirin was built around 500 AD, and a tour there shows off the extravagance of the Dukes of the period. The Krk Cathedral is about 500 years newer and boasts Romanesque columns.
3. Bike the Adria Spring Trail
The stunning Adria Spring Trail hosts an annual 26 kilometer race beginning and ending in the coastal town of Njivice, and crossing over the towering Krk Bridge. Take on the trail at your own leisurely pace while admiring some of the most breathtaking sights on the island.
4. Go Shipwrecking
The waters around Krk island are clear, so it’s easy to spot wrecks. There’s a diving site at Dunat Beach where you can explore five sunken ships, including one as old as the Napoleonic times.
During the summer months, you can line up a Krk visit with one of its many festivals and celebrations. In mid-July, the Annual Days of Antiquity celebrate Krk Town’s Roman roots; for music fans, there’s Krk Music Festival in June, plus a folk festival and jazz festival; and Krk wine days, where local and non-local winemakers present their best products during the last weekend in August.
6. Dining Out
As we’ve written before, Croatia is one of the most underrated gastronomic destinations in Europe. Krk island is no exception. To enjoy Krk specialties — lamb meat and Zlahtina wine — we have a few recommendations. Konoba Nono is a rustic joint outside the old town that produces its own olive oil. Restaurant Nada leaves you the option of seaside views, or dining in a wine cellar surrounded by barrels.
7. Enjoy the Nightlife
Krk provides a wide range of different party experiences. You’ll find young crowds and DJs at places like Disco Bar Jungle and Club Boa. Or you can opt for something a little more laid back, like Pub Tiffany, where you can transition from an afternoon coffee to an evening cocktail with the same stunning sea views from an elevated terrace.
8. Go Spelunking
Also known as caving, this fun activity combines sightseeing and education. Visit the spooky Biserujka cave near the village of Rudine, where stalactites and stalagmites fill a sunken 42-foot hall sometimes used as a concert venue. Biserujka connects to Slivanjska Cove via a 30-minute walking trail with sea views along the way.
9. Have a Beach Day
For the best beaches on the island, look no further than Baška, the south coast’s holiday destination. Veli Plaža is actually more than a beach — you can split your day between sunbathing or swimming and jumping on trampolines. For more privacy, the intimate Vela Luka is only accessible by taxi boat.
10. Get Dirty
It’s not for everyone, but mudding could be one of the most memorable things you do on a vacation. At Soline Bay at the northeastern end of the island, the Meline mud is said to heal arthritic problems. Cover yourself head to toe in mud, then bask in the water that’s warmer than most other beaches around the island. It sounds crazy — but don’t knock it ‘til you try it!