Krk City

Krk City on the map of Krk. Among the towns on the island, the City of Krk (Krk Town) is considered the centre. The status has been there from the beginnings of life on the island, and it is justified with an urbanised look and town features.

Town of Krk is the administrative, business and educational centre of the island inhabitants, while as far as tourism is concerned, Krk is a very attractive and picturesque summer holidays spot which above all offers the feeling of elegance and historical heritage on which the new and diverse tourism offer is based.

The City of Krk, as a field trip destination, is visited by tourists who walk around and get to know the basic facts about the town which is more than two thousand years old.

Krk City is a fortified town even today, with walls along its entire length. The town is entered through four doors and there are small and big streets, stopping when a detail attracts attention. The most important heritage in the town is certainly the sacred complex of three churches with the cathedral which was built over the leftovers of Roman thermae from the 5th century; Franciscan and Benedictine monastery with churches (12th and 13th century), archaeological locality Volsonis under the main town square and your personal exploration of details which will make Krk City the charming place you’ve been looking for.

Krk City, as a summer holidays spot, is visited by many tourists from around the world. They come because Krk has something to offer. At the beginning, accommodation: the advantage of Krk is the highly categorised accommodation in private rooms and apartments which will offer you the feeling of home. Guests who prefer hotel accommodation will certainly be thrilled by Krk hotels in the shadow of pine trees right next to the beaches. The guests will also be welcomed kindly by camps located right next to the sea.

The city beaches are either pebbles or paved, and the sea quality and the offer at the beaches is shown by the blue flag which has been there for eight years.

The City of Krk has a reputation of being a day trip destination. Nevertheless, the port is a starting point of many day field trips to far away beaches or nearby islands. Snorkelers choose Krk City as a starting point for their underwater adventures considering the attractiveness of the underwater in the town aquarium.

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Finally, the City of Krk is full of restaurants in which you will find refreshment: whether you decide for a local or an international menu, you will find it pleasant for sure!

Equally entertaining are Krk nights; there is a summer festival in town, which has been taking place for more than 50 years. There are concerts, dramas, operas, and art exhibitions. And besides this recognised programme, every night in the town, there are open air parties, especially in the port and on squares which become an ideal scene for summer evening parties.

The culmination of summer in the city takes place during the three days, on August 8, 9 and 10 when the Krk Fair is held. According to the tradition from the 16th century, the protector of the Krk City, St. Lovro, is honoured and there is a three day fair which puts a retro costume on the town, taking it back into Roman renaissance.

The level of tourism offer in City of Krk is also seen by tourism awards which make Krk the laureate year after year, justifying the slogan about Krk being a city of history and culture with which the tourism workers described so precisely the essence of Krk.

Since written word can never be compared to experience, we invite you to come to the City of Krk. Be a day trip visitor or a tourist who will come for their holidays. You will find something for yourself in Krk!

Why we love Krk town  (by J. Thompson)

The town of Krk is the place we have fallen in love with and have visited four summers in a row!

Why we love the Krk town.. well, while many other places in modern times have lost some of their character forever,  Krk town has managed to preserve its heritage, partially thanks to its stone city walls that have stood still through centuries.

The old city of Krk is encircled by stone walls which together with forts and the four city gates define the ancient part of the town. There are three preserved defense forts: Frankopan Castle at Kamplin Square, the City Hall at the main city square and the multi-angular Tower at the sea front, with inscription from 15th century.

Inside city walls there are stone cobbled streets with shops, ice cream shops, coffee bars, souvenir and jewelry shops, restaurants and galleries. The waterfront is the busy meeting place and the most crowded place during the summer. Densely dotted restaurants and coffee bars face the well protected port full of leisure, fishing and tourist boats. And the old stone walls meet the new technology in the city of Krk where the whole harbour is a free wireless wi-fi zone.

Kamplin square inside city walls faces Frankopan fortress built in 12th century and today the fortress has exchanged its defence function for cultural events such as Krk summer performances (mostly concerts) which have been organised by the City Tourist Board during the last several years. The busiest month is August which brings Krk Summer Festival with street performances, exhibitions, naval battle and local food tasting events – absolutely a must!

Accommodation in Krk consists of three hotels and a good offering of accommodation in private apartments. Hotels Drazica and Koralj are  about 10 minutes walk from the old city walls and hotel Marina is situated at the harbour waterfront. We also found very reasonably priced accommodation in a private apartment, which we prefer as we are traveling with pre-teen children, so holidaying in apartment is easier for us.

We found Krk virtually unknown to British visitors and holidaymakers as there are very few there, but the town has been discovered long ago by Germans and Italians, and recently, Hungarians. Parts of the old fortified City of Krk may remind on one of the most beautiful and well know Croatian old city – Dubrovnik, but the coffee and meal in Krk is much cheaper and the city is much cosier!

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History of Krk City

The CITY OF KRK was known as the urban centre of the island as early as 3000 years ago. Although Krk is considered a smaller city in terms of the number of citizens, it is without a doubt one of the great cities in terms of historical heritage.

The first known inhabitants of the island and the city of Krk were the Liburni, an Illyrian tribe. After conquering the Illyrian tribes in the 1st century BC, the Romans annexed the island of Krk to their Empire and rearranged the city of Krk to serve their needs by building thermal baths, temples and other cultural institutions.

The inscription found on the ancient tombstone dating from the 4th century, Splendidissima civitas Curictarum (The Glorious City of the People of Krk), is a description of the ancient city of Krk. The city has preserved its glory to this day, as well as its heritage that is proudly presented today.


Tourist attractions

The ancient city of Krk, the old part of the city today, is encircled by walls that, together with the city door and the forts, define the inner city layout. The preserved defense forts are the Frankopan Castle at Kamplin Square, the Tower by the sea and the City Hall at the main city square.

The ambiance-filled Frankopan Castle at Kamplin Square, completed at the end of the 13th century, is used today as a venue for various cultural events.

The multi-angular Tower by the sea, with an inscription from the 15th century, embellishes the Krk waterfront, the favorite gathering place during the summer season with a rich offer of restaurants, cafes and tourist boats offering attractive excursions.

The old City Hall, embellished by coats of arms and a very interesting and unique clock, has been dominating the main city square since the end of the 16th century. The main city street with numerous small stores, jewelry shops, galleries and candy stores runs from the main square.


The KRK CATHEDRAL is the most famous city motif. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary.

The cathedral was built in the 5th century as an early-Romanesque basilica at the site of what used to be Roman thermal baths.

Over the years the cathedral has been built up in various styles.

The present-day architectural complex of the Cathedral includes the Church of St Quirinus, the patron saint of the city of Krk, which houses the Museum of Sacral Art, and a bell-tower that dominates the city today.

Outside the city walls, there are family homes with numerous rooms and apartments for tourist accommodation purposes, as well as hotels and camps. According to the latest census from 2001, the city of Krk has almost 5600 citizens. During the summer months, due to the arrival of tourists, this number doubles.

Krk Beaches

The prerequisites for the development of tourism in the city of Krk were the climate, the sun and the sea. Bathing-places and beaches in the city of Krk have been improved since the beginning of the twentieth century, while some beaches were developed several years ago.

KrkOne of the newest pebble beaches stretches from the town harbor along the breakwater toward Ježevac, the camp bathing-place partly made of concrete continues further on and after that, several more developed beaches.

Further down the coast lie little pebble and rocky beaches accessible to those who made the extra effort and walked a few kilometers down the coast. On the other side of the exit from the old part of the city of Krk, there are several coves underneath the hotels Koralj and Dražica where the first bathing-places were constructed.

The waterfront made of concrete and the sandy seabed in coves attract many swimmers during the summer, and on the first beach you can relax with a view of the ancient walls of Krk.

Drazica is another cove surrounded with pine groves and hotels, and further on, small beaches and a smaller cove stretch all the way to the naturist camp Politin, followed by the Prniba peninsula.

On the beaches of Krk you can refresh yourself in the sea or in catering facilities by the sea.

Maintained city beaches offer entertainment for all ages, from boat and pedal boat rentals, to sand volleyball, children's playgrounds, tennis courts...

Krk PrnibaThe „blue flags“ are the evidence of the sea cleanliness and each year, after the testing down the entire Adriatic coast, these flags are granted to those beaches that deserve them. On the area of the city of Krk there are five such beaches.

The green Prniba peninsula is the ideal place for an active holiday. You can make a tour of it by taking a walk or riding a bike on a non-asphalted road that is several kilometers long. In this natural ambience that is not disrupted by any constructions you may still encounter does, but this happens mostly in the springtime when it is quieter and less crowded. Beside hotels, the accommodation is available in numerous private apartments, rooms, guest houses, holiday houses and camps.

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