Krk Island - Croatia
Krk is the largest and most northern of Croatia's Adriatic islands. Archaeological findings suggest that Krk has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic Period. Romans in the 1st century BC, Slavs in the 7th century, Venice, the kingdom of Croatia and Austria all ruled here. The Bascanska Ploca ("Baska Inscription"), a cornerstone of Croatian literary development, was found on the island. Now joined to the mainland by a large concrete arch bridge, Krk has become more developed but it has some pleasant town and resorts. The small town of Vrbnik, is perched high on a 50 metre cliff on the eastern shore while the town of Krk is set on a hill with three old monastic churches. The 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and the 14th century castle of the Frankopan family are both in the lower town near the harbour. At the southern end of the island is the popular resort of Baska featuring an old town and harbour as well as a pebbly beach over a mile long set below dramatic mountains.