56km (35 miles) S of Rijeka
Croatia's largest island (pronounced "Kirk" with a strong Scottish burr) is also the country's most developed, especially in the north where the island is connected to the mainland via a mile-long toll bridge that sometimes is congested with commuters who live on Krk but work in Rijeka. Add Rijeka's airport, an oil storage facility, and an oil pipeline to the mix, and you have the ingredients for an industrial region.
Tourism facilities on "The Golden Island" (Krk's official nickname) are mostly on the island's coasts, and they run the gamut from huge modern package resorts such as Omisalj, Njivice, and Malinska on the northwest coast, to historic, partially walled Krk Town midway on the island, to the beach with promenade that is Baska in the south.
Krk Town's settlement followed the familiar Illyrian-Roman-Byzantium-VenetianHungarian chain of control that is characteristic of many coastal cities. In the 11th century the city became an important...more local info