Island Krk

The island of Krk is the most northerly island on the Mediterranean and is located in the Kvarner bay's group of islands in the northern Adriatic between the Istria peninsula in the west and the Croatian coast in the east.

Thanks to the geotraffic position, rich vegetation, many sources of drinking water and its mild Mediterranean climate, Krk has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The first known inhabitants of the island were Japodes, an Illyrian tribe, after which then came Liburns around 1000th BC. After them came the Romans, whose traces lead us to the end of the antique period and the first centuries of the new age period. The Romans made only two settlements – the already existing Krk and a new settlement, Fulfinum in Sepen bay near Omišalj (between 81st and 96th year), where traces of mosaics and other ancient elements are preserved to this day, including the remains of an early Christian basilica from the 5th century.

Today, residents live on the island in 68 permanent settlements, of which there are only a few of them with urban character, such as Baska, Dobrinj, Krk, Omisalj, Njivice, Malinska, Punat and Vrbnik. The traditional way of life on the island is linked to the sea (fishing, seafaring, shipbuilding), agriculture and livestock farming, and it remained on the island until today, in addition to other activities of recent date.

The folk instrument known as sopile is an ancient wind instrument, which is an integral part of the island's cultural and historical celebrations, often associated with religious holidays and patron saints of various places. The richness of the island's folklore is represented each year at the summer Festival of Krk folklore and Festival of Krk's sopile players. Also, there's the tradition of carol customs in the period of Carnival, which originated from the ancient Roman feast celebrating the arrival of summer and warm year period.

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