Njivice, Island of Krk

What to do on the wonderful island of Krk

Find out everything you need to know about the history and culture of the island of Krk, the most important activities and events, which beach to choose for swimming with children and which one to enjoy with your loved one, what to order in a restaurant and what extraordinary things to add to your bucket list.

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Island of Krk

Discover hidden gems of culture and nature

The island of Krk is an extraordinary place brimming with culture, history and wonders of nature. This popular sun and sea holiday destination is also the cradle of the Glagolitic script and Croatian aristocracy. An exceptionally diverse island, stretching on an area of 405 square kilometres, offers countless possibilities for an active holiday and exploration. Feed your appetite for adventure on the Moon Trail and wild shepherd trails or on 300-kilometre-long bike trails while falcons, swifts and griffon vultures fly high above you, and create a memorable experience.

Top 5 island attractions

  • Krk's old town with cathedral and Frankopan Castle
  • Košljun Islet near Punat, a forest reserve and a cultural heritage site
  • Hiking on the Moon Trail above Baška
  • Tasting the Vrbnik Žlahtina wine
  • Enjoying a medicinal mud bath in the Klimno Cove

Njivice

The harmony of green and blue

If you're stressed out by your everyday routine and longing to switch off completely, park your car in Njivice and forget about it for the rest of your stay. This fishermen's town is located in the northwest of Krk, close to the bridge and the airport. In the place where the clear blue sea kisses the green forest find a secluded cove of your dreams. Watching the rippling waves, the dancing of butterflies and children playing without a care in the world, you will feel the peace you have long been craving. Come to Njivice to come back to your true self.

Top 5 experiences in Njivice

  • Seaside yoga in the shade of trees
  • Hiking, running and cycling on the Kijac Panoramic Trail
  • Stand-up paddling at sunset
  • Fish dishes and a glass of Žlahtina in local taverns
  • Family picnic at the Jezero Bird Reserve

History

Where the sea routes intertwine

The earliest traces of human settlements on Krk date back to the time of the Illyrians, who built fortresses on the tops of hills. The island’s mild climate and plenty of arable land attracted first the Greeks, and then the Romans, who built baths, temples and military camps here. Christianity was adopted as early as the 5th century. From the 12th century on, there are records of the famous Croatian noble family Frankopan of Krk who owned a territory corresponding to a half of today's Croatia at the peak of their power. Many rulers reigned over Krk after their decline: from the Venetians, the French and the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Italy, Germany, Yugoslavia and presently Croatia.

Top 5 historic sites

  • The ancient Roman town of Fulfinum from the 1st century and the early Christian complex of Mirine near Omišalj from the 5th and 6th centuries
  • The Frankopan castle and fortified walls of the town of Krk
  • Dolova, an abandoned village in a magical forest near Dobrinj
  • The Church of St Donatus, a magnificent building with a dome near Punat
  • The Church of St Jerome in Stara Baška, surrounded by a mesmerising landscape above the Zala beach

Culture

A story written in the glagolitic script

You will encounter unusual letters of the Glagolitic script, a Slavic alphabet created in the mid-9th century, across many island locations. The text engraved on the 12th-century Baška Tablet, valuable proof of Croatian literacy weighing an incredible 800 kilograms, is also written in the Glagolitic script. You are also bound to come across the traces of a family inextricably linked to Krk's cultural life – the Frankopan family. Throughout its 6th-century-long history on Krk, many Frankopans were awarded the title of ban or were famous writers and warriors. The family's former residence and castle can be visited in the town of Krk, where a number of events dedicated to the memory of this grand and influential family are organised.

Top 5 cultural heritage sites

  • Replica of the Baška Tablet in the Church of St Lucy in Jurandvor, where it was found in 1851
  • Gradec, an abandoned castle of the Frankopan family near Vrbnik
  • Košljun Islet near Punat, a historical heritage site with a Franciscan monastery
  • Baška Glagolitic Trail with 34 stone sculptures
  • Ethnographic collection in Kornić near Punat

Activities

Back in sync with pure energy of the nature

The island of Krk offers a host of opportunities for a dynamic outdoor holiday. Peek into the Biserujka cave or go wreck diving near the islet of Plavnik in the north. If you plan to visit the south of the island, be sure to hike to the Moon Plateau above Baška, a rocky desert-like area resembling the Moon's surface. Nearby you can find magnificent mrgari, flower-shaped dry stone sheepfolds. Zip through the trees on the Edison zipline, and make sure to switch to pedal power and use a bicycle instead of car. It’s definitely worth the effort.

Our recommendations

  • Cycling along bike routes stretching for 300 km
  • Swimming and diving along pristine pebble beaches
  • Edison Zipline or Cable Krk ski lift
  • Hiking to the Moon's Plateau above Baška
  • Aquarium, terrarium and a tropical aquarium in the town of Krk

Events

Infused with the flavours of seasonal specialities

There's always something cooking on the island of Krk! The spring and the autumn days bring popular sports and gourmet events, while in the summer you can attend festivals and events that bring together concerts, performances and local produce such as šurlice pasta, lamb, asparagus and figs. Check the event calendar and be sure not to miss out on some of Krk's most enjoyable festivities!

Our recommendations

  • Krk Food Fest – in April and May at selected island restaurants
  • Black Sheep (Crna ovca) – an early May event in Baška, revolving around sports, music and Baška lamb
  • Krk Summer Events – in the town of Krk in July and August
  • Eat and Drink Fest (Popi' i pojedi) – a summer festival of wine and local specialities in Vrbnik
  • The Krk Fair and the naval battle – in the town of Krk in August, on St Laurence's day
  • Krk 'n' Roll MTB Marathon

Beaches

Our top 5

  • Beach of the Aminess Atea Camping Resort (Njivice): a pebble beach in the shade of pine trees, where you can enjoy the crystal clear sea and a view of the island of Cres, rent sun loungers and umbrellas, SUP boards, kayaks and pedal boats, have a drink at the lounge bar or sign up for an outdoor massage. Ideal for: families, couples, and active guests
  • Beach of the Aminess Veya Hotel (Njivice): a pebble and rocky beach right next to the hotel, where you can rent sun loungers, umbrellas and boats, or pop in the hotel lounge bar for a quick refreshment. Ideal for: families and couples
  • Vela plaža (Baška): the most famous and the most stunning natural pebble beach, stretching for 1.8 kilometres and boasting turquoise water and sandy bottom. It offers many facilities for both adults and children. Ideal for: all types of guests
  • Oprna (Stara Baška): a secluded beach with sand mixed with fine gravel. You can reach it by boat or on foot, following a karst path, to find true enjoyment in the sun and turquoise sea as well as a much-needed break at the beach bar. Ideal for: adventure-seekers and couples
  • Klimno Cove (between Rudine and Šilo): a beach known for its healing mud and exceptionally shallow sea where you will get to see people lazing around completely covered with mud. Ideal for: children and adults

Cuisine

Authentic flavours of the Krk island

The legend has it that the first barrel in the world was discovered on the nearby islet of St Mark. It therefore comes as no surprise that the people of Krk decided to fill their barrels with the excellent Vrbnik Žlahtina, a local white wine that many visitors cherish as their favourite souvenir. Žlahtina pairs perfectly with the Krk prosciutto and Magriž sheep's cheese, or with šurlice and makaruni pasta with wild asparagus, žgvacet sauce or shellfish. Make sure to save room for a dessert and try delightful fritule and kroštule literally melting in your mouth.

Top 5 dishes you simply must try

  • Krk prosciutto and cheese with a glass of Vrbnik Žlahtina
  • Šurlice or makaruni pasta with žgvacet sauce
  • Krk lamb
  • Kvarner shrimps
  • Wild asparagus
  • Presnac and povitica, traditional Vrbnik pastry

Weather

Blessed with 2,500 sunny hours a year

With 2,500 sunny hours a year, the island of Krk offers one of the sunniest holidays in Europe. It has a mild Mediterranean climate, with an average summer temperature of 25 °C and the average sea temperature of 24 °C. The winds of bura, jugo and maestral bring a refreshing feel, while the bathing season lasts from May to late October. Owing to the favourable climate and a diverse landscape, some 1,400 plant species can be found on the island – almost a half of the total number recorded in Croatia.

Climate characteristics

  • Warm summers with minimum rainfall and the sea temperature around 24°C
  • Bathing season from May until late October
  • Refreshing maestral often blows during the summer months
  • Pleasant springs, mild autumns, windy winters
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