Among the 1185 Croatian islands, only one of them is the golden one, the Insula Aurea – the island of Krk. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good geographical position and variety of natural and cultural beauties gave it, even in ancient times, the name "golden island". Its cultural heritage has given it another name – the cradle of Croatian culture, whilst at the beginning of the 20th century it gained the name the “sixth continent”.
Its coast is around 190 km long. The closest mainland is only about a hundred metres away and its neighbouring islands are the islands of Cres, Goli and Rab; a few smaller islands also pertain to it (the largest being Plavnik, which has 17 km of coast, and the smaller Školjić with just 400 m of coast); it has an unusual and varied relief, climbing from the north-western part to the south-eastern part – from picturesque gentle coves and lagoons, along fertile fields and dense forests with sub-mediterranean vegetation, to the parts of bare limestone and real mountain landscape. On the island of Krk there are three streams and two lakes. On the highest mountain top, Obzovi (570 m), visitors may forget that they are actually on an island. Here some very specific phenomena can be found – such as the flora in Krk which includes around 1400 species of land plants, which are almost half of the total in Croatia. Its unique plant the “Barbašova lazarkinja” is one of the world's rarities and it only grows in the Baška lagoon.
Literally all roads lead to the island of Krk: from the land – over theKrk bridge; from the sea – by boats into the ports or small marinas, and by ferry to the Valbiska harbour, from the air – by plane to Rijeka's airport which is located close to Omišalj.The island of Krk is just 30 kilometres away from the city of Rijeka – which is the traffic, business, commercial, university and cultural centre of Kvarner. No matter which road you choose, on your arrival to the island of Krk, you will certainly find that the golden island has been honoured with the uniqueness of variety – and is a connection between present and past, modernity and the antiquated, legend and reality.
Called the Golden Island since ancient times due to its mild climate, lush vegetation and favourable position in the Kvarner Bay, the island of Krk is the largest island in the Adriatic. Its proximity and connection to the mainland makes it an attractive tourist destination.
The island of Krk is the cradle of culture and literacy as visible by the many monuments, museums, sacral buildings, such as the medieval centre of the town of Krk, Baška tablet in Jurandvor, the Franciscan monastery on the islet of Košljun...
Thanks to the eco-projects and a systematic concern for cleanliness and environmental protection, the island of Krk is an island of Blue Flags, which fly in the towns of Krk, Malinska, Njivica, Vrbnik and Šilo and Punat marina.
The island of Krk is situated in the Bay of Kvarner. Krk is the biggest island in the Adriatic with area of 409,9 square kilometers. The higest peak is Obzova at 569 meters. There are 68 settlements on the island. Krk has mild Mediterranean climate with average summer air temperature 23 C. Sea water temperature is between 23-25 C. Island has almost 2,500 hours of sun a year.
There are two lakes on the island, first is called Ponikva and second Jezero. Near lake Ponikve can be almost 10 C colder than on any other place on the island.