Christianity appeared very early on the island, so that already in the 5th century A.D. the bishopric had been formed, with its centre in the city of Krk and with the first known bishop, Andrija (680). The Croatian people inhabited the land in clans within the castles, and for that reason, today the island has four different dialects.
At the end of the 12th century from the original clans the famous Krk noblemen, the Frankopan family emerged.
This was the only family within the Adriatic islands to develop its power in the range of European emperors – their origin is from Vrbnik, and they even spread their rule to the continent – to Trsat, Bakar, Kraljevica, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, as well as to Otočac, Brinje etc. so that at the height of their rule the Frankopans owned a territory equal to half of today’s Croatia.
Some of the noblemen from this family were also Croatian Viceroys or banus. The first known Frankopan was Dujam I (1118.) and the last was Fran Krsto who was executed in 1671 by the emperor and king Leopold Habsburg.
The island of Krk fell under Venetian rule in 1480 as the last island on the Adriatic, when the noble Ivan Frankopan was tricked and dragged into Venetian captivity.
After the fall of the Croatian aristocracy – the Frankopans in the 15th century, Krk changed many rulers, from the Venetians, through to the French, the Austro-Hungarians, the Italians, the Germans, the Yugoslavians and finally, after five centuries, the island of Krk finally became an integral part of the Croatian corpus again.
The island of Krk’s life in the past and in the present can be followed through the symbolic number seven. It was inhabited by the Croatian people in the 7th century, the seventh Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk, it successfully survived pirate attacks seven times.Today the island has seven administrative units: The island of Krk and the municipalities: Omišalj, Malinska, Punat, Baška, Vrbnik and Dobrinj.
There are seven different Chakavian dialects of the Croatian language. There are seven different types of customs, dances and popular costumes.
The folk instrument, the sopile is an ancient wind instrument which even today is an integral part of all island festivities, often connected to ecclesiastical holidays and patron saint’s of specific villages.
The richness of the island’s folklore is represented at the summer Festival of Krk folklore every year and at the Festival of Krk’s sopile players.
The tradition also includes carollers during the Carnival period.
- The island of Krk even in ancient times was known as the “golden island” thanks to its natural characteristics
- In 1100 the Croatian birth certificate – the tablet was created on the island of Krk.
- The island’s number of destiny is seven: it was inhabited by the Croatian people in the 7th century, it survived pirate attacks seven times, the seventh Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk and today the island has seven principal centres.
- At the height of their rule, the Frankopan family, owned territory equal to half of today’s Croatia
- The final resting place of Katarina Frankopan, one of the most famous members of Krk’s noble family is situated on the small island of Košljun
- The Krk folklore festival is one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Croatia (founded in 1938)
- The eminent song “Va se vrime godišća”comes exactly from the island of Krk
- The average life expectancy on the island of Krk is usually over the national average.
- 15 blue flags fly over beaches on the island of Krk.
- Marina Punat has won the blue flag continuously since 1998.
- The island of Krk is included amongst the most sunny parts of Europe having 2500 hours of sun per year
- Around 1400 species of land plants-almost half of the total flora in Croatia grow on the island of Krk
- The unique plant the “Barbašova lazarkinja” (Asperula Borbasiana) is a world endemic species: grows exclusively in the Baška bay
- 300 km of walking and cycling path extend across the island of Krk.
- The 45th parallell runs through the island of Krk
- Healing mud can be found on the island of Krk, more precisely on the west side of the Klimno bay. The seawater is shallow and for that reason suitable for families with children. The interesting fact is that you can walk in the seawater for a few hundred metres, and the sea only reaches your knees. Precisely for this reason, it is favoured by young people. It offers the possibility of good fun…from picigin (a sports game played by several players in a circle who pass a small ball around, keeping it in the air and out of the water for as long as possible) to beach volleyball. In fact, the beach has two volleyball courts, and a futsal court. Many people gain great satisfaction from the efficiency of the healing mud and so willingly come back to this resort. This particular type of healing mud is used for curing gout.
- An ornithology reserve (on the island of Prvić and the north-eastern, steeper part of the coast of the island of Krk) is the most northern habitat of Griffon vultures in the coastal zone. The Griffon vulture is a rare species of local fauna, which reaches sexual maturity when it is five or six years old, and the female only lays one or two eggs.
The island of Krk is included amongst the sunniest parts of Europe with 2500 hours of sun per year. The variety of relief and favourable climatatic conditions have contributed to the development of almost 1400 different plant species. In the central and western part of the island forests and cultivated cultures of Mediterranean fruit and vegetables prevail, with vineyards and olive groves. The north and south part of the island is marked with rocky land and pasture. The specificity of Krk’s landscape is its terrace shaped walls (gromače) and shepherd’s mrgarwhich have been conserved on the limestone plateaus above the Baška valley.
The relief is limestone, and has interesting shapes; caves and grottos (Biserujka close to Dobrinj), karst sink-holes and karrens.
The central part of the island is marked with fertile fields. The shore is indented, with a number of lagoons, bays and pebbled beaches.
Ornithology reserves: the island of Prvić and the north-eastern steeper part of the island of Krk’s coast is where the Griffin vulture’s habitat is located.