Krk, Croatia

The island of Krk is one of the oldest and most popular holiday resorts on the Adriatic. Tourism on the island is believed to have started in 1866, when the Society for Town Improvement issued the first picture postcard. Today, Krk attracts visitors from all over the world. Its typical Mediterranean landscape, narrow, meandering alleyways and picturesque shale beaches have lent the town its charming character for centuries.

But contemporary life has not passed the town by. Beautiful villas and houses abound outside the old city walls. Tourist accommodation ranges from top-class hotels, guest houses and apartments to camp sites. The climate is extremely pleasant, ideal for all water sports and for visiting the underwater life and corals of the small island of Plavnik. Summer sees many traditional local festivals, including the colourful Krk summer festival from 16 July - 24 August. The mild winter climate also attracts many visitors in the carnival season during January and February.

The bridge that connects Krk to the mainland is a feat of engineering not to be missed. It is 1430m long and carries over a million vehicles a year. It is made of reinforced concrete arches and is a spectacular sight. Designed and built between 1976 and 1980, it has made Krk so accessible that it is now an even more popular tourist destination than it ever was – even with its history of tourism dating back to the late 1800s. You’ll see streams of campers travelling across Krk Bridge in the summer months. If you’re joining them, you’ll need to pay a toll fee, which varies according to vehicle type.

Accommodation on Krk
Only 100m from the beach in Rova Bay on the north of the island you will find the Villa Rova 4 star hotel with 22 rooms which were renovated in 2015. This hotel has a wellness centre which offers massage and beauty treatments, and there are cycling and walking paths in the vicinity. This hotel is less than 2km from the island’s main tourist town, Malinska. Even closer to the centre of Malinska is the Hotel Malin (also 4 star). This hotel has a child-friendly beach with water sports, and in the summer months there are staff offering entertainment. Most of its 155 rooms have balconies and there are family rooms for two adults and one child.

In the 3 star category, just a ten minute walk from Krk town, is the Valamar Koralj Hotel, situated high above a bay but with its own pool and children’s pool for those who don’t want to walk down to the sea. There is a restaurant and tavern serving food, and a pool bar offering drinks. The hotel has 190 rooms and is part of the Valamar chain.

On Krk a lot of people choose apartments or villas rather than a hotel, such as the 25 apartment complex Villas Almar, just a short walk from Soline Bay beach. These are smart, stylish apartments in the 4 star category, but are quite a way from Malinska (9 km) and Krk town (18 km), and the nearest restaurant/shopping area is 1 km away. A 3 star option in Krk town itself would be Apartments Vejas, whose 4 units have simple kitchens and dining areas, but there is also a restaurant on the complex and Porporela Beach is only a short walk away.

For those who want to camp, whether in a mobile home or tent, there are a number of sites to choose from, some of them for naturists. One of the largest is Camping Jezevac, a 4 star site on a pebble beach just a short walk from Krk town. This site has 40 mobile homes or bungalows and 12 tents to rent if you don’t want to take your own. (Jezevac was voted Croatia’s Best campsite in 2015.) Camping Krk is another large 4 star site, and is near to a naturist beach yet within easy walking distance of Krk town. For those preferring a less-devloped, slightly smaller campsite, the 2 star Camping Glavotok near Malinska might be suitable. This is a family oriented site, with a mini club and children’s playground, organised beach activities for children, and a programme of entertainment especially for teenagers. The Glavotok Tavern on the site serves Mediterranean food.

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