Krk nightlife doesn't quite match up to Croatia's primo-party island Hvar, but Krk town has crowded bars along the harbour and around nearby Vela Placa, the entrance to the Old Town. Most bars close around 1am. If you want to keep the party going longer, there’s Jungle in Krk town or the Boa in Malinska.
A doorway in the Old Town wall opens to the gorgeous garden terrace of this party hub, also a cavernous two-floor indoor club. It is often the liveliest bar in Krk, with drinkers packing in from early in the evening. The garden has a great bar, which serves cocktails until 2am but go inside for DJs from Italy and Croatia, live music and later drinking.
Editor's note: Disco Bar Jungle is closed with no immediate plans to reopen. A summer disco in the heart of Krk Old Town pumps out mainstream pop and disco hits for lighthearted holidaymakers. Guest DJs from around Europe break up the regular beat. The crowd is predominantly young but because there are few other places around, there is a little more age range than in most Croatian clubs. Open at sporadic weekends in winter.
Krk is most known for šurlice, thin tubes of pasta to be eaten with goulash or lamb stew; and the local white wine, Vrbnička, from Vrbnik, best tried in situ at the hilltop village itself The best options in Krk town are on the waterfront, including the Konoba Corsaro,
As you cross the high-altitude bridge connecting the Rijeka motorway to Krk island, the sea looks huge, but the tall rocky cliffs that swallow the road ahead are even more imposing. By the time you reach Croatia’s largest and most populous island, the mainland feels miles away. As you might expect, Croatia's largest island packs a decent range of activities and sightseeing destinations, the Baška Aquarium being a choice pick. Read on for our local expert's guide to the best things to do in Krk.
As you cross the high-altitude bridge connecting the Rijeka motorway to Krk island, the sea looks huge, but the tall rocky cliffs that swallow the road ahead are even more imposing. By the time you reach Croatia’s largest and most populous island, the mainland feels miles away. A widely varied group of attractive resort towns awaits. Heavily touristed Krk town has bustling bars, naff souvenir stands and fancy gift shops, arranged in and around ancient buildings. Near Krk island’s southern tip is another busy resort, Baška, with a famous Blue Flag sandy beach: at nearly two kilometres, it’s one of the longest of its kind on the coast. Malinska, with perhaps the island’s best concentration of good restaurants, is less hectic, though it does boast a destination late-night club. Vrbnik is a quieter place to go for gastronomic delights. Omišalj, one of the towns closest to the mainland bridge, is the home of Rijeka’s airport. RECOMMENDED: More great travel destinations in Croatia.
Of the decent restaurants on Krk town harbour, this is the more spacious, with 120 seats, 90 on the terrace. It also has the more attentive waiters. Along with recommended seafood – catch of the day and the platter for two in particular – the Konobar Corsaro offers šurlice with goulash, and a rather delicious steak with truffles.
An 80-year-old family business that has morphed into one of the Kvarner Gulf’s best-known gastronomic destinations, the smart, stylish Rivica is one of those places that strikes an almost perfect balance between local cuisine and modern European fine-dining expectations. The menu is obviously Mediterranean-seafood based, with plenty of favourites from the local recipe books (shrimp and courgette risotto), Kvarner classics such as škampi buzara (scampi in wine sauce), and the odd fusion recipe (a tuna starter with wasabi and soy sauce). If you just want expertly grilled fresh white fish, then Rivica is one of the best places to dig in.
This family-run three-star offers 20 rooms within easy reach of Krk town but closer to pretty Punat. Overlooking the marina, the Kanajt was a 16th-century summer retreat for local bishops, and calm still reigns. The warm welcome (and warm bathrooms) engender repeat custom.
The big terrace by the bustling harbour is not the only asset here – Franica offers some of the better food on tourist-swamped Baška. The seafood menu includes two types of fish platter for two, plus scallops, tuna steak and mackerel. They also focus on old-style recipes from Kvarner and Istria. Local delights, concocted with seasonal ingredients, include a hearty goulash with potatoes Krk-style, and a roasted octopus so rich and filling that, were it not for the taste, you would swear it was beef.