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.
In the centre of Punat Bay is the islet of Košljun with it's Franciscan monastery (Benedictine until the 15th century). This is part nature park, with over 400 plant species, and part cultural heritage; an ethnographic collection, a library with more than 30,000 titles and archaeological, natural-history and numismatic museum collections. A must see is Francesco Ughetto's 'Heaven, Purgatory, Hell' an epic 9.7m x 4.2m work by the 17th century Italian artist.
The best-preserved historical site in town, this three-nave Cathedral was built on the site of an early Christian basilica and dates from the early 1200s with a bell tower added later. An early Romanesque Church, unusually set on two levels, leans on the Cathedral and contains a museum of sacral art.