Kvarner newsletter / no 4

Punat – the island of Krk
A hundred events for its 100th birthday

On the occasion of a great anniversary, the celebration of 100 years of tourism in Punat, the whole of 2008 will be marked by festive events in this small town located in the southern part of the island of Krk.

During this year, Punat will host no less than one hundred different cultural and entertainment events. The main celebration marking the occasion of the 100th anniversary of tourism will take place at the end of August, when there are the most visitors in town.

It would be impossible to count all the interesting events scheduled this year in Punat, so let us just mention the International Alpe Adria Folklore Festival, to be held at the end of August for the first time ever in Punat.

In mid-April there is the traditional Flowers Fair where visitors and local people will be able to buy various plants for their gardens and balconies to make this attractive holiday destination even more beautiful. Punat is located in one of the most picturesque and protected coves on the Adriatic, in the cove of Puntarska draga, at a distance of approximately 30 kilometres from the Krk Bridge that connects the island of Krk with the mainland.

The simple littoral ambience of Punat is characterised by charming tiny stone houses tightly packed together up narrow lanes in the old part of the town. The area surrounding the cove of Puntarska draga offers numerous pebble beaches. In the cove is the famous islet of Košljun with a Franciscan monastery, known for its centuries-old collection of valuable items. The monastery has a library of ca. 30,000 books, among them a Ptolemy’s atlas printed in Venice in 1511 (one of the three still preserved today) and an extensive zoological collection of shells and animals. The Franciscan monastery is protected as a monument of culture. On the island there is also a museum with ethnographical collection including various items that were used by local fishermen and farmers, as well as folk costumes from all over the island of Krk. Košljun has two churches – the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation and the Church of St. Bernardine.