The largest Adriatic island, Krk is easily accessible as it is connected to the mainland by bridge. Krk is the largest island in the Adriatic. It is also one of the most populous with 17,000 inhabitants. It is well developed and very busy with tourists as it is connected by bridge to the mainland. Rijeka Airport is also located on the island of Krk.
The north-western coast of the island is rocky and steep with few settlements, probably because of the fierce bura wind that whips the coast in winter. The climate is milder in the south, with more vegetation and beaches, coves and inlets. The forests that account for 31% of the island are mainly found on the south-western coast, along with the major towns - Krk, Punat and Baska.
Krk town is centrally located and makes a good base for exploring the island. From Punat, you're within easy reach of the unique Kosljun Island and monastery, and Baska is on a wide sandy bay at the foot of a scenic mountain range. On the south-east coast, the main town is Vrbnik, a clifftop medieval village known for its fine Zlahtina wine.
We would not call this island the most beautiful or the greenest, but there are numerous tourist facilities which make it very popular. The main resorts are Baska, Malinska, Omisalj, Vrbnik, Punat and Krk Town. Krk Town is famous for St. Mary's Cathedral, the seat of the Krk bishopric.
Krk is very easy to get to as it is connected to the mainland. There are many daily buses from Rijeka to Krk Town, with a journey time of just over 1 hour. See the Autotrans website for more details.
The island boasts a pleasant and mild Mediterranean climate. The average summer air temperature is 23°C, and the sea water temperature is 23 - 25°C.The main winds come from the north-east, the south and the west - the bora, sirocco and maestral. In terms of insolation, Krk is one of the most favoured parts of Europe, with over 2,500 hours of sun a year.
There are two lakes on the island, called Jezero and Ponikva, and three rivers: the Veli or Dobrinja Brook, the Vretenica and the Vela Rika.
Coordinates: N 45° 01’ 48", E 14° 34’ 24"
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