Krk is an island in Croatia. It is one of the largest one in that country. It is connected to the mainland via a long concrete bridge since 1980.
I went on holiday on this island twice and precisely in Punat both times.
I travelled by coach to Punat. I went to Rijeka from Trieste (IT) by direct coach. I took another one from Rijeka to Punat. If I remember correctly, the journey from Rijeka to Punat should takes around 1.30 hours. I suppose Punat is one of the latest stops on Krk Island if not the last.
There are many buses from Rijeka to Krk Island every day. They stop at various villages on the island.
It is also possible to go to this island by airplane from various countries. In fact there is an airport there. It is named Rijeka Airport and it is located close to the town of Omisalij.
Krk Town is located on the south west coast of the island. It has a nice waterfront with several restaurants and cafes.
Getting lost is a thing to do in Krk Town. This is a way to discover several nice things, as old houses, cafes, restaurants and a small park overlooking the sea.
One of the main sights of the town is the cathedral that forms a complex with the church of Saint Quirinus.
The church of Saint Quirinus has a bell tower with an angel playing a trumpet on the top. Inside there is an exibition of sacred art. You have to climb some stairs to go inside.
After your visit, you pass through a door and go downstairs where you get inside the cathedral. This was built in 1188 where there had been a V century basilica. This had been built on the site of a Roman spa.
Vela Placa; one of the squares in Krk Town has a Medieval tower with a clock built in the XVI century and an ancient well.
As I have already said, Punat was my base both times I was on the island.
In my opinion the main reason to visit Punat is to take a boat to Kosljun Island. On this islet there is a Franciscan monastery. It was founded in 1447.
Kosljun Island is a very green area with several paths and chapels. It is a kind of little forest.
On this island you can visit a church which was built on the ruins of a Benedictine church. Moreover there is a museum of ethnography, a collection of paintings and a small archaeological museum.
At the museum of ethnography.
Baska is a large village situated on the southern part of the island.
One of the main reasons to visit Baska is to spend some time on its long beach. It is a beach with peebles and sand named Vela Plaza. Along the waterfront there are lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and souvenirs stalls.
There is a small ethnoghraphic museum in Baska. I didn' t find it very interesting. It takes around twenty minutes to visit it. It is quite small. The entry fee is only some kunas.
Vrbnik is a beautiful village on a hill. It is situated on a 49 meters high rock overlooking the sea; on the north - east coast of the island.
This is a small village with old stone houses where you can get lost strolling along several narrow cobbled streets.
Vrbnik has some shops, restaurants and cafes. There are some beaches nearby.
You can go to Vrbnik by bus. Unfortunately only a few of them operate every day either from Krk Town or from Punat.
I booked my room (twice) at Hotel Omorika in Punat. It is a quite large hotel situated some meters from the sea. It has a garden with a playground area for kids and a big terrace. It is not far from the main bus stop.
Here they served beakfast and dinner buffet style. I have to say I was really satisfied about the food at the hotel.
I had lunch at Cafe bar Bistro twice. Both times I had some very good palacinke Riva. These are three crepes with finely grounded nuts, ice cream, some liquid chocolate and whipped cream. It is a complete meal in my opinion.
Here you can also have pasta (noodles), njoki (dumplings) and various fish and meat dishes. I had a taste of njoki with gorgorzola cheese as well. These were really good.
Cafe bar Bistro has also an outdoor area to enjoy your lunch, if the weather is fine. This restaurant is located in Punat; near the sea and not too far from hotel Omorika.