The islanders’ traditional way of life is connected to the sea (fishing, navigation, ship building) and agriculture and livestock farming, especially sheep breeding, and this, along with other more modern activities, remained on the island until today.
The island of Krk’s life in the past and in the present can be followed through the symbolic number seven. It was inhabited by the Croatian people in the 7th century, the seventh Frankopan prince was the last prince of Krk, it successfully survived pirate attacks seven times.
Today the island has seven administrative units: The island of Krk and the municipalities: Omišalj, Malinska, Punat, Baška, Vrbnik and Dobrinj.
There are seven different Chakavian dialects of the Croatian language. There are seven different types of customs, dances and popular costumes.
The folk instrument, the sopile is an ancient wind instrument which even today is an integral part of all island festivities, often connected to ecclesiastical holidays and patron saint’s of specific villages.
The richness of the island’s folklore is represented at the summer Festival of Krk folklore every year and at the Festival of Krk’s sopile players.
The tradition also includes carollers during the Carnival period.
Take a look at our interpretation centers below;
Krk Island Maritime Heritage Interpretation Centre
Krk Interpretation Centre – The Frankopan Heritage Trail
Maritime Heritage Interpretation Center DUBoak