Island: Krk Island
Population: 1.973 (2011)
Postal code: 51 521
Area code: 051
Punat is a charming small town with 1,800 inhabitants in the island of Krk. It is also one of the most favourite tourist destinations in Croatia for tourists from all over the world.
Punat is located in the southern coast of the island of Krk and the one thing that is very unusual and very beautiful is the view. Whether you approach it from the sea or the land you will see that Punat is hedged in by the coast with a deep bay called Puntarska draga, where a miniature island Košljun is located, along with a Franciscan monastery.
Punat is known for its charming narrow little streets and passages. If you are more into drinking fine wines and eating good local food, you absolutely won’t miss by choosing any tavern with a beautiful terrace by a sparkling blue sea.
It has a lot to offer, whether you are a historian lover, a sight seeing addict, a fan of outdoor sea sports or just a simple gourmand. If you find yourself in all of the above even better, because Punat will delight you.
If you want to dig deeper into the past, Franciscan monestary in the island of Košljun, will inspire you for a blast from the past. It is considered that the beginning of tourism in Punat began in the 19th century, when the Francisian monastery was visited by empress Karolina, the widow of the Austrian emperor Ferdinad I, as well as Maksimilijan Ferdinand the younger brother of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph, Romanian king Karol I, and many other historical figures. Well if it was good enough for them, I suppose it is good enough for us “commoners” as well.
In the present days Punat will offer you an escape from a hectic everyday life, and the families that live there will be kind enough to offer you with its own high quality olive oil and in some cases if you are friendly to them, some top-quality homemade wine. The list goes on, but I guess you are just going to have come and see for yourselfs.