THE ISLAND OF KRK

The Island of Krk is situated in the north Adriatic. It is close to the Italian border and benefits from an international airport. It is connected with the mainland by a bridge, the largest of it's kind in the world. For details about flights refer to the airport web page: http://www.rijeka-airport.hr/index-eng.asp.  
The city of Krk dates back from Roman times and features a typical mediterranean architectural style with narrow streets and traditional style houses made of stone. There is a cathedral, many small churches and chapels and a convent.  

Krk

Town of Krk

The biggest and most populated settlement of the island, as well as the cultural and historical centre, and a centre of fun and entertainment.

 

Krk - Town: Krk - The Cathedral

The Cathedral was first mentioned in a written document from 1189.Research on this as well as other documents has proven that the cathedral existed in early Christian times. The most significant elements to confirm this are: the Bishop's cathedra (seat), Scola cantorum (organs and choir) and a baptistery in a separate chapel outside the church. The Cathedral is dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary. The cathedral is adjoined by the church of St. Quirinus , the only church of an early period in Croatia that has a ground and first floor. It was built of white stone from the area and is a fine example of Romanesque architecture.

 

Krk - Town: Old City Hall building and the famous clock

It is located in the main plaza of the city, walking from the shore to the cathedral.

 

Krk - Town: Main square

This is the main square (or plaza if you like), where the clock tower/city hall is located. Surrounded by nicely paved streets, like all the settlements in this part of the world. They had a marvellous stone for builders; it came from the Island Brac.

 

Krk - Town: Krk - The castle of Frankopans

Huge and well preserved fortified defence castle with four bastions by the sea dates back in the 12th century. It was erected by the Frankopan Counts, the medieval rulers of the island and the town of Krk. Frankopans , along with Subic-Zrinski, were the most powerful noble families in the medieval Croatia . Today, especially during the summer season, the castle stages outstanding concerts and performances. The Jazz Festival is worth of your attention.

 

Krk - Town: The Marina

...where the yachts invite you to a nice sail on the sea.

 

Sun clock

Right next to Marina , this nice clock is telling the hour by the shade of the sun.

 
Rimski mozaik found while reconstruction of a private house in the town of Krk.  

Kosljun - Monastery Museum

The ethnographic collection of Kosljun Franciscan Monastery presents some very interesting and rare exhibits, from original one-trunk boat and boat models to pottery, tools, "sopele" local wooden flute, atlases and some odd examples of animals born with two heads or one eye.

 

Jurandvor - St Lucija Church

The church of St. Lucy was built at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries, on the remains of an early Christian church. It is graced by a main altar with the 14th century wooden polyptych by Luca and Giovanni, the sons of Paolo Veneziano. In the church today there is a facsimile of the Baška tablet, kept in the same place where the original was. Baška tablet is important for Croatian history, mentioning as it does for the first time the name of a Croatian king Zvonimir (1075-1089), as well as the world Creoatian.

 

Omisalj - location of Mirine

On the location of Mirine, in the vicinity of the town of Omišalj , the important founds from the 5th and 6th century can be seen. On the margins of Fulfinum in the 5th century emerged a grand Early Christian complex. The vast church is preserved, bell tower and atrium with early christian graveyard. The whole complex is part of the UNESCO world heritage.

For more about culture on the island visit:

http://www.krk.hr/english/kultura.htm

 

Local Customs

Olives, Olives Days and Nights!

Every autumn, usually during the third week of October, the Days of Olives festival is taking place in Punat, to mark the olives picking season. Restaurant Marina, located in Marina Punat, offers great food - all you can eat, self-service, every day from 12 to midnight . So what's on the menu? Everything with olives or olive oil or both. So many things to try. Seat and eat for hours, slowly, flushing the food down with good wine with regular music intermezzos with excellent Klapa singers. Just a short list of dishes: Squid salad, calamari salad, marinated mackerel, fish pate, tuna salad, prosciutto, cured meat, local hard sheep cheese, same cheese in honey - served with grapes, bread - different styles, also with chunks of olives inside, octopus stew, lamb roast, lamb goulash, grilled fish, fish stew, soups, grilled peppers, cabbage with potatoes, baked potatoes, polenta, "surlice" pasta, olives, olives, olives, all sorts of fresh salads, grapes, tangerines, dried figs etc. Fritule, krostule, walnut roll, kuglof, and all other cakes How much? Arround 100 Kunas = around 15 Euros.

 

Fishery

There has been a long tradition of fishing on island of Krk and the local fishermen are very skilful. The sea-water around the island of Krk is very rich of all kind of fishes and in particularly of scamps. Since the coastal part of the island is mostly rocky with numerous caves, it is the natural habitation of the scamps. These two fishermen in the picture are checking their nets before pulling it out. Late afternoons you will see many fishing boats sailing out for nights catches.