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Krk, Croatia – On the Path of History and Culture.

There is more than one beautiful walled city in Croatia, other than the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik. Krk is another, resting along the Croatian coastline and often compared with Dubrovnik because of its old town beauty.

Many people are confused as to whether Krk is an island or a city? Actually, it is both. Pronounced in English as Kirk; today, it is one of the most sought out Croatian Islands by vacationers.

It holds the regarded Blue Flag, designated by the EU Commission for its beaches; the honor guarantees cleanliness and high international standards of environmental protection. The area is extraordinarily plentiful in cultural and historical heritage.

Krk, the city, has close to 3000 years of history with Romans once reigning here. But just as recently as 1995, an ancient artifact found, proved that the predecessors were the Greeks. Time will tell who came before them, as more discoveries are uncovered. The traditional way of life points towards to the sea, agriculture and sheep rearing as is today.

During the Middle Ages, patrician families established chapels throughout the town of Krk and it seems you can not walk more than a few steps without passing a house of worship.

The best way be In Krk with a vacation home.

The best way be In Krk with a vacation home.

Travel is one of those rare phenomena that connect people and places from all over the world. The Latin motto, “Splendidissima civitas Curictarum” (splendid town of the people of Krk) originated from an inscription on a tombstone from the 4th century and splendid it is.

So while enjoying your island hideaway in a modern vacation home that sleeps 6, a visit to Krk, the city, is in order. A vacation home is a  wonderful opportunity to do things your way.

With so many nooks and crannies to explore, shopping for food is a delight. What better way than to bring home fresh produce from the market? The fresh fish, the shrimp and other shellfish are a must prepared with Krk olive oil.

Rise early one morning and sit in a café along the waterfront, sipping a hot cappuccino. During this tranquil and quiet moment, watch the day progress. First hearing the seagulls and watching them follow the arriving boats of fisherman. Walk to the nearby fish market where the activities begin. You could buy your entree for the evening meal or can always grab a pole, head to the waterfront, be patient, and catch dinner yourself.

A great kitchen to create your fresh seafood feast!

A great kitchen to create your fresh seafood feast!

Of course, with the numerous restaurants, you will not want to miss out on any of them; but it is nice to know you can prepare a meal in your kitchen. The special quality time shared inside your holiday home or out on your veranda overlooking the green hills of the countryside with your companions and family is only enhanced.

Some of the many monuments and sights in Krk of historical purpose include:

• The Main Town Gate and Town Walls
When the town was surrounded by walls, this gate became the main entrance to the town from the seaside. The different layers expose different historical periods from Illyrian times to the fall of Venice.  The first layer is 1st century B.C. The last major reconstruction took place at the end of the 15th century.

• Vela Placa
The main city square, called Vela Placa (Big Square), presents the building of the Town Hall from the 15th century and has a Renaissance fountain. There is a most interesting archaeological site under the square.  Among the findings is the oldest part of the town wall from 4th-3rd century B.C.

• Frankopan Castle
The Frankopan castle is currently used for open-air performances in the summer months.

• Cathedral of the Assumption
The religious architecture dates to the 5th century with the churches of St Margaret and St Quirinus, patron saint of the town (11th/12th centuries), in which there is an exhibition of religious items, and a bell tower from the 18th century.

• The Celebrini House
The Celebrini House is a three-storey building with the facade having baroque elements of around 1700. In the past, the building also served as the seat of the district court.

• Franciscan Monastery
The monastery was originally part of the northern defence wall. The east wing was constructed in 1910 as a seminary. The monastery houses a painting by Renaissance painter Vittoreo Carpaccio of the Madonna and Child.

Krk, the island, has many villages to explore also. In the countryside, visit the Cave Biserujka. According to legend, a smuggler’s treasure is hidden within the cave. Even if you do not discover the treasure, the cave is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and calcite pillars in a comfortable spaciousness without feeling claustrophobic.  

It the past few years Krk has been repeatedly awarded for its high quality in tourism and it is no wonder. Between the many restaurants, cafés, boutiques, art galleries by the sea, in the harbor and within the town walls, Krk is a destination not to put off any longer.

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