Falkensteiner Destination Tips, Part 5: Krk – Pleasure and Culture on the Adriatic Sea

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The Croatian island of Krk has long since ceased to be an insider’s tip simply because of its size: at just over 400 square kilometres, the island in Kvarner Bay is, strictly speaking, the largest island in the Adriatic and has always been a popular destination for holidaymakers from near and far. There are good reasons for this: In addition to the climate, Krk is characterised by its distinctive flora and fauna, with 1,300 different plant species alone and a proven home to more than 220 bird species. Reason enough for us to dedicate our fifth part of the Destination Tips series to the island – as always based on the knowledge of our local colleagues!
“Insula Aurea”
Of Croatia’s 1,185 islands, only one is considered golden – and that is Krk! The island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia and is characterised by a mild Mediterranean climate, a favourable geographical position and a variety of natural and historical beauties. The name “Insula Aurea” was given to Krk in ancient times due to the richness of its lands, but also of the sea. The historical heritage has given it another name: the “cradle of Croatian culture”.
Krk justifies this with exceptional cultural treasures accumulated over the centuries, and at the same time is known for being the origin of the Glagolitic alphabet, i.e. the oldest known Slavic alphabet.
The island of blue flags
Did you know that Krk is also called the “island of blue flags”, which flutter all over the island as proof of the purity of the sea? Every year, countless visitors from all over the world come to enjoy their holidays in the dreamlike bathing bays. On a coastline of more than 200 kilometres, there are more than 100 beaches and bathing spots to choose from, and of the total of 37 Blue Flags in the entire Kvarner region, 15 are on Krk alone.
From sandy, gravelly to rocky sections with concrete plateaus, every water rat will find something to suit them here.
Discover the speleologist in you!
Krk is an island with an unusually diverse relief. Besides beautiful bays and picturesque towns, the island is also proud of its natural beauty in the interior: The speleologist in you will be thrilled by the Biseruljka Cave! The cave is rich in ornaments such as whitefish, stalactites and columns, and the bones of a cave bear have been found inside. P.S.: As the average temperature in summer is around 14°C, you should bring warmer clothes and enjoy the cooling, especially in summer.
The oily treasure of the island
For the Puntars, olive oil has been a currency for centuries, and locals often tell that owning olive oil was – and in some cases still is – like owning gold. In the old town of Punat, there is a permanent exhibition about traditional olive oil production. Here you can visit the old “Toš”, one of the best-preserved olive mills on the island, which is protected as a cultural asset.
The Interpretation Centre is a concept for a permanent exhibition in a unique space where stories about the culture of olive growing, olive harvesting and olive oil production are told. In the dialect of the island of Krk, “Toš” is the name for the millstone that was traditionally used to crush olives and produce olive oil. *** A seaside holiday, culture and pleasure all in one: that’s Krk. To experience all the adventures of the island life, we have the perfect hostel for your upcoming dream holiday in our portfolio with the Falkensteiner Hotel Park Punat.
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