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Things to do in Krk

Discover the best things to do in Krk with our insider's guide

© Dave Jepson/Time Out

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.

Franciscan Monastery: Archaeological Museum, Treasury and Sacral Collection

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.

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Vitezić Family Library

The former Bishop left his collection of more than 10,000 titles to the town, includes one of the two surviving copies of Johann David Kochler's World Atlas.

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Baška Glagolitic Path

Dedicated to the ancient language of glagolitics and it's writers, this meandering pathway will, when complete, end at Baška harbour's old pier. Before which you'll pass 35 stone sculptures, historical landmarks and significant natural areas.

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Cathedral of the Assumption

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.

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Trg Kamplin

Krk town's walls date to pre-Roman times, and the oldest of the towers in that wall, the square on at Trg Kamplin was built in 1191 as a Frankopan courtroom. The square is now home to classical concerts, theatre and a jazz festival.

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Biserujka Cave

Biserujka cave, 300ms north-west of Rudine village, has a walkway for tourists. Inside you'll find calcareous sinters, stalagmites, and stalactites. For tickets contact Šiloturist.

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Jurandvor village

Famed nationally for the discovery of a large stone tablet containing ancient Glagolitic text this tiny Krk village has become a kind of icon for Croatian cultural and literary heritage.

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Sacral Museum

Housed in the Frankopan church of St. Marija Magdalena this museum in Porat contains various utensils from the everyday life of the region.

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Baška Aquarium

Below ground near the bus station, the recently opened Baška Aquarium comprises some 20 tanks containing more than 100 species of fish, as well as one of the richest collections of shellfish and snails in Croatia.

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