Spice up your vacation on the island of Krk with cultural tours
If you follow our blogs, you will definitely agree that the island of Krk is a perfect destination for running away from every day life because it offers a multitude of possibilities for everyone of us. Beautiful intact nature with pleasant Mediterranean climate, numerous attractions and activities for adventurists and amateurs, and sights telling hundred-year-old stories of Krk. If you wish to get to know Croatian history and culture a little better, we suggest several top cultural and historical monuments you must not leave out.
Cultural heritage of the island of Krk
The first town you come across when you arrive to Krk is Omišalj. The old part of town with the church of Mary’s assumption is believed to originate from the 12th century. In the downhills of Omišalj, on your way to Malinska, you will find the Sepen cove and Fulfinum- remains of an ancient town from the second half of the 1st century. In spite of all research so far, the town is still mostly unexplored, and a part of it situated under the sea, and a part underground. In the western part of Fulfinum, Mirine, you can find an early Christian cross shaped basilic from the 5th century, at one point the largest in the Mediterranean.
Near Malinska in Cickino location, you can find an archaeological site with roman remains from the 1st and 2nd century, and an early Christian church complex built between 5th and 7th century. In the village of St. Vid- Miholjice, not far from Malinska, there is a small museum exhibition comprising all stone decorations and other decorative materials found during the exploration of this early Christian church complex. Not far from the village of Bogovići, there was an old parish church of St. Apolinar, and the old cemetery and the steeple exist to this day. It’s been around since the 12th century, and in the 15th century it was reconstructed and enlarged and became the parish church. The convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Porat, the parish of Dubašnica, on the island of Krk, was founded in 1480. Today’s convent and the little church were built in the first half of 16th century.
We are going further down south, all the way to Baška, but along the way, make sure to visit the town of Krk– the centre of the island. The old part of town is surrounded by walls built between the 12th and 15th century, preserved to this day. Besides the walls and the castle, a famous city location is the basilic from the 5th century. We must specifically point out the location of Volsonis with a café with the same name. Here is where the traces of roman culture were preserved at their finest.
Before entering Baška, we suggest visiting the little church of St. Lucy in Jurandvor and seeing the early Croatian monument written in Glagolitic, the Baška tablet (from the year 1100.) and watching a short film that tells a mystical story of its creation and discovery. Make sure to take a walk down the Baška Glagolitic path, a path formed by stone sculptures spreading from the Treskavac pass, all the way to Stara riva in the port of Baška. You can find 34 sculptures with Glagolitic lettering carved in stone.
This is just a part of what you can see and learn while exploring the history of the island. There is a lot more churches and convents, archaeological finds and early Christian remains telling ancient stories of the island. It is up to you to discover them.