The island’s main centre, Krk Town, centres on a small, partly walled city criss-crossed by narrow cobbled streets. Krk’s main bathing area lies to the east of town, where a sequence of small rocky coves provides a variety of atmospheric perches. There’s a naturist beach about twenty minutes’ walk east, by the Politin campsite.
Trg bana Jelačića and around
The main fulcrum of the town is Trg bana Jelačića, a large open space just outside the town walls to the west, looking out onto a busy little harbour. Watching over the southeastern corner of Trg bana Jelačića is a hexagonal guard tower of thirteenth-century vintage which, like many of Krk’s buildings, makes much use of Roman-era masonry. A Roman gravestone is positioned halfway up one wall of the tower, carved-relief portraits of the deceased peering down as if casually observing street life through an open window.
An opening on the eastern side of the square leads through to Vela placa, a smaller public space overlooked by another medieval guard tower, this time sporting a rare sixteenth-century 24-hour clock (noon is at the top, midnight at the bottom).
Heading roughly east from Vela placa is the Old Town’s main thoroughfare, J.J. Strossmayera, a 2m-wide alleyway that becomes virtually impassable on summer nights, when the entire tourist population of the island seems to choose it as the venue for their evening corso.