One of the most famous travel and holiday destinations in Croatia, besides the second largest Croatian island Krk, is Košljun. This small island next to Punat, is surrounded by the crystal clear blue sea. Starting from Košljun you can reach Punat within a short time. On the island itself you can go for a walk and have a look at the sights like the abbey of the Franciscan, the museum and the library with its about 30 thousand books.The island Krk offers of course even more interesting places of excursions. The famous Frankopan Castle on the Kamplin place was built by the family Frankopan to protect the city from possible invaders.Or the cathedral of Krk, built in the 5th century, which combines different architectural styles – from the Romantic and Gothic style to the Renaissance and Baroque.
The Early Christian basilica was built in the 5th century on the area known for the Roman thermae, with clear visible influence of different styles from the Roman and Gothic period to Renaissance and Baroque. Alongside the Franciscan castle, the cathedral is the best-known building which should be certainly visited.
The castle is located on Kamplin Square in Krk, built by the Frankopani Krk family with the objective to defend the town. Visit the oldest part of the castle, the quadrangle tower posted in 1191 which once held the Franciscan courtroom, and the round tower additionally built in the 13th century.
As a visitor to Krk, you really should see one of the most important and Croatian monuments, the Baška tablet (Bašćanska ploča). The tablet was discovered in 1851 in the church of St. Lucija in Jurandvor with King Zvonimir's charter chiselled in the Glagolitic script in 13 rows. The tablet was inserted into a church pavement dating back to 1100. The Baška tablet is a significant monument in historical terms since it is the first record which mentions the name of a ruler in the Croatian language.
Visit the museum founded in 1970 and witness the Krk way of life. The museum holds an ethnographic collection of the Baška area, displaying items such as the Baška folk costume, old dishes and cutlery. You can also take a look at the memorial room dedicated to the local town doctor from the beginning of the twentieth century.
A cave named after the treasure (Biser - pearl) found in the area, which according to legend belonged to the local pirates, is located in the vicinity of the Rudine village. The cave has been known for over one hundred years but only open for the public since 1950. Although compact, it has a wide array of stalactites and stalagmites as well as a special inhabitant, the endemic crab "Alpioniscus christiani".
The small island of Košljun is situated in the midst of the crystal clear blue sea near Punat. It will take you only a few hours to see the sights of this impressive small island including the Franciscan monastery, a museum which holds a rich ethnographic collection and an interesting library with 30,000 books.
Visit a beach on the west side of the Klimno Bay and test the effect of the healing mud you can find there. Apart from the healing attributes, the beach is especially worth visiting for families since the sea is very shallow, ideal for the long summer days, which you can also spend playing volleyball or five-a-side soccer.
Vrbnik and Vrbnik wine
Go for a walk along the steep, stone alleys of the small town of Vrbnik where, apart from seeing the sights of the town, you can also enjoy the gastronomic specialties and first-class wine, the indigenous Vrbnik žlahtina wine which can be used a perfect souvenir of an interesting holiday.
Come to Baška and spend time in the aquarium and discover the wealth of the Adriatic underwater world in ten tanks. Learn something new about the animal sea life and take a look at one of the largest Croatian collections of Adriatic snails and shells.
Temple of Venus
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the newly discovered archaeological site, the Temple of Venus in the town of Krk, one of ten of its kind in the world, and the only one on the eastern Adriatic coast. Explore the temple of the goddess of love, fertility and beauty which dates back to 1st century BC, and witness the abundant cultural heritage of the island of Krk once again.