The town of Krk is nestled in the wide bay on the southwestern coast of the island of Krk. It is the hub of the island and one of the oldest settlements in Croatia. Some believe that Homer was referring to Krk in his epic when he mentioned a town by the name of Koureto.
On the 4th-century stone tablet that is located on, the following inscription can be found: splendidissima civitas Curictarum, which means ˝the resplendent town of Krk˝. During its entire history, Krk has maintained its role of the hub of the island. The Romans named Krk Vecla, which means Old Town. Around the old town core, new streets, houses and parking lots are developing, striving to merge with their environment. For centuries, life within the old town core has been preserved by the town walls, the third largest walls in Croatia (after those in Ston and Dubrovnik).
Four town gates were oriented towards the four corners of the world, and the direction of movement was determined by the streets cardo, north – south and decumanus, east – west. The Krk Cathedral is the most important architectural and cultural monument in Krk, where it has stood proudly on the same place for more than 15 centuries. The cathedral complex consists of earlier preserved buildings, the church of St Quirinus leaning against it and the cathedral itself. The entire vista of the town is dominated by the bell tower with an angel on top. Of the six monasteries built on a relatively small area of the town of Krk (four for monks and two for nuns), only two remain: the Monastery of Franciscans of the Third Order and the Benedictine Convent.
A new Carmelite monastery is now active outside the town core. The main town square Vela Placa, dating back to the Roman era, is adorned with a six-sided cistern from 1558. It was donated to the town by the Venetian provveditore. In addition to the imposing Frankopan Castle on Kamplin Square, there is also the stone house of the Frankopan dukes of Krk on the square Mali Trg (Small Square).
The cultural and historical heritage of the town of Krk is very rich. Among the most important artefacts are the 1st-century Roman floor mosaic depicting the sea god Triton ( Ribarska ulica ), Roman stone slabs, parts of the Temple of Venus, the 11th century Krk glagolitic inscription and an Old Slavic printing press. Algarotti’s collection of musical instruments from 1563 was transported from Vienna and includes the Simon viola, and many more. Seafaring was once of great importance to the town, while today Krk’s port teems with fishing and tourist boats.
Models of bragoc (traditional boats) from Krk can be seen in the studio of Željko Skomeršić, located in the old town core. Krk also hosts a variety of concert, art and theatre events during the tourist season, which feature many famous names from Croatia and abroad. Accommodation is available in first-class campsites and hotels, all with beautiful beaches. The fusion of the culture and rich history of ancient Krk with all the perks of a modern holiday destination justifies the town’s status as the hub of the island.