Punat, Krk

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Punat, Krk: Visitor Information

Punat is a charming town on the south coast of the Croatian island of Krk. Known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites and lively marina, Punat is a popular destination for tourists seeking both relaxation and fun. This comprehensive guide provides detailed information on what to see and do in Punat, ensuring visitors have an unforgettable experience.

Punat has a very well-protected natural harbor. When you look out to sea in Punat, you get the impression that you have a lake in front of you. However, the “lake” is a bay, part of the Adriatic Sea, with an exit to the sea. This makes the harbor extremely well protected and one of the largest marinas in the northern Adriatic. In Punat you will also see many large yachts in the huge harbor.

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History of Punat

Punat has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Originally a small fishing village, Punat has developed into a lively town that has retained its traditional charm. The area is famous for its olive groves and vineyards, which have been cultivated for centuries. Today, Punat combines old-world charm with modern amenities, making it an ideal destination for travelers. Punat has always had an important port due to its location, since ancient times.

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Getting to Punat

Punat can be reached by air, sea and road. The nearest airport is Rijeka Airport on the island of Krk, about 30 kilometers from Punat. Visitors can also travel to Krk by ferry from the mainland or from other Croatian islands. By car, the island of Krk is connected to the mainland by a bridge, making it easily accessible from Croatia’s larger cities. The capital city of Krk is a good 10 km from Punat by road, while the sea route is shorter. There are buses from Punat to Krk town and Rijeka, among others.

Boat tour Punat

The most popular boat tour on Krk (day tour) among tourists, the “5 island tour”, starts in Punat at the harbor in the center. You can see several islands, often vultures and the famous Blue Cave. There are also stops for swimming and much more. Well done and varied. Great atmosphere. About 6 hours, price of the boat tour 45 euros per person in 2024. >>>  More information and booking

Punat Attractions

Kostlejun Island and the Franciscan Monastery on the Island
One of the most unique attractions near Punat is the island of Kosljun, which is home to a beautiful Franciscan monastery. The island is located in the Puntarska Draga Bay in front of Punat and can be reached by a short boat ride from Punat. The monastery houses a museum with a collection of religious artifacts, ethnographic exhibits and an extensive library. The island itself is a quiet place with lush vegetation and peaceful hiking trails. Small ferries from Punat several times an hour in season (journey time under 10 minutes).

Church of St. Donatus
St. Donatus Church is a small, picturesque church in the center of Punat. Built in the 13th century, the Romanesque church is known for its simple but elegant architecture. It is a peaceful place that offers a glimpse into the region’s religious heritage.

Puntarska Draga Bay, the “lake” off Punat
Puntarska Draga Bay is a beautiful natural harbor that has been used since ancient times. The bay is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and offers a beautiful setting for a leisurely stroll or boat ride. The bay is also home to Marina Punat, one of the largest and most modern marinas on the Adriatic. Almost always wave-free, like a lake.

Ethnographic Museum in Stara Baška
The Ethnographic Museum in Stara Baška is just a short drive from Punat (10 km) and showcases the traditional way of life on the island of Krk. The museum exhibits local customs, traditional clothing and historical artifacts, offering a fascinating insight into the island’s cultural heritage.

Beaches Punat (Krk Island)

Punta Debij Beach
Punta Debij Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Punat. The pebble beach offers clear, shallow waters and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The beach is well equipped with sun loungers, umbrellas and nearby cafes, making it the perfect place to spend a relaxing day by the sea. South of town

Konobe Beach
Konobe Beach is a beautiful, secluded beach located just a short drive from Punat. This nudist beach offers a peaceful atmosphere and stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The beach is surrounded by pine trees, which provide plenty of shade and unspoiled nature. Also south of Punat town towards Stara Braska.

Medane Beach
Medane Beach is a pebble beach known for its crystal clear waters and peaceful atmosphere. The calm waters are ideal for swimming and playing, making it an ideal place for families. The beach is equipped with basic facilities such as showers and a beach bar. Dog beach nearby too.

Stara Baska Beach
Just a short drive from Punat is Stara Vaska Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Krk. This pebble beach is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The beach is known for its crystal clear waters and excellent snorkeling. A good 10 km from Punat.

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