Punat, located on the east coast of the more than 3 km long and 2 km wide Punat valley, is considered one of Krk’s more recent villages. However, this belief is connected to the fact that studies and more detailed reports regarding this area only began around a hundred years ago. Earlier it was part of the city of Krk, and the area of Vrbnik almost reached the village of Punat.

The town of Punat is situated in the southwest part of the Island of Krk, in one of the most protected bays on the Adriatic.

However the inhabitants have been settled here continuously since prehistoric times. Traces of settlement date back in prehistory through the Iliric tribes, the Greeks and the Romans. According to legend, during the Roman period a bridge passed through the narrow entrance to the Punat valley heading to the city of Krk. Supposedly, according to a variety of records, inhabitants from the Punat area were more precisely settled by the Krk noblemen, in order to protect the approach to the bridge and to the Punat valley. During the historical events on this area, Punat has shared the other villages’ destiny, and besides farming and cattle breeding, the inhabitants were, occupied with fishing and ship building, and the Austro-Croatian steamship society was founded here in 1906 whose first steam ship, the Frankopan, maintained the route from the village to the mainland.

Today Punat is one of the largest nautical centres in Croatia, and it is also the island’s olive-growing centre. To talk about Punat, and not to mention the small island of Košljun, is unimaginable. Punat and Košljun have being connected for centuries, the lives of the Franciscan friars and the people from Punat are mutually intertwined. So every visitor is sure to want to visit the island of Košljun which is served by “barkajoli” that continuously travel the 10 minutes journey from Punat to Košljun and back again. Although the distance from Punat is only 750 meters and it has been connected to it for centuries, the island of Košljun belongs to the city of Krk according to the cadastral map. The size of the small island with its rich vegetation is slightly larger than a thousand meters, its surface is 68 square metres, and its highest point is located 6 metres above sea level. On this relatively small surface 540 plant and mushroom species (almost half of those registered in whole of Great Britain) are registered here. The Franciscan Monastery is located on the island of Košljun where the friars, over the centuries, have conserved a number of values.


Exploring Punat on the island of Krk offers the charm of a traditional Mediterranean town and a plethora of activities, including wandering through its picturesque old town, indulging in local gastronomy, and discovering nearby beaches and coves. The island of Krk, with its rich history, untouched nature, and diverse cultural heritage, provides an unforgettable exploration experience for every visitor, whether they're history enthusiasts, nature lovers, or simply seeking relaxation in a laid-back Mediterranean setting.


Punat on the Island of Krk boasts a rich gastronomic scene influenced by its coastal location and Mediterranean heritage. Visitors can indulge in fresh seafood delicacies, locally sourced olive oil, aromatic herbs, and traditional dishes that showcase the vibrant flavors of the region.

Beaches and sea activities

The beaches of Punat on the Island of Krk offer pristine stretches of coastline and crystal-clear waters, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Sea enthusiasts can also enjoy a variety of activities such as snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, and sailing, taking full advantage of the stunning Adriatic Sea.

Cultural heritage

Punat on the Island of Krk is rich in cultural heritage, with a history spanning centuries. Visitors can explore historic sites such as the Franciscan Monastery of St. Mary, the Church of St. Dunat, and the remains of the ancient settlement Fulfinum. Additionally, the town's traditional festivals, museums, and local craftsmanship offer insight into its vibrant cultural tapestry.

Active vacation

Active vacationers in Punat on the Island of Krk have a plethora of options to choose from. With its diverse landscape of hills, valleys, and coastline, the island offers activities such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking, allowing visitors to explore its natural beauty up close. Additionally, adrenaline seekers can partake in thrilling water sports like jet skiing, parasailing, and wakeboarding, ensuring an action-packed experience for all adventure enthusiasts.

Island of Krk

Among the 1185 Croatian islands, only one of them is the golden one, the Insula Aurea – the island of Krk. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good geographical position and variety of natural and cultural beauties gave it, even in ancient times, the name “golden island”. Its cultural heritage has given it another name – the cradle of Croatian culture, whilst at the beginning of the 20th century it gained the name the “sixth continent”.

Literally all roads lead to the island of Krk: from the land – over theKrk bridge; from the sea – by boats into the ports or small marinas, and by ferry to the Valbiska harbour, from the air – by plane to Rijeka’s airport which is located close to Omišalj.

Discover our island – uncover its charms and treasures in every season: cruise through its beautiful and varied landscapes, visit its thousand year-old monuments, museums and galleries. Breathe in the feeling of wellbeing whilst walking along the romantic pathways by the sea or along the wild shepherd’s rock paths. Enjoy the magical tastes of Krk cuisine and delightful home-made wine. Take advantage of your stay by enjoying the delights the entire island is offers in the solidity of its rich and varied accommodation, and tourist and catering offer.

The "golden" island of Krk, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and rich history, captivates visitors with its golden sunsets, sandy beaches, and shimmering azure waters. With its picturesque villages, ancient towns, and lush olive groves, Krk offers a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. Whether wandering through its charming streets, indulging in local delicacies, or basking in the warm Mediterranean sun, Krk promises an unforgettable experience for every traveler seeking paradise.