The village of Punat, 7km east of Krk Town, is set on the tranquil, enclosed bay of Puntarska draga. A largely modern place made up of souvenir stalls, apartment blocks and a massive marina just to the north of town, it’s not the most evocative town on the island. However, there’s a promising sequence of gravel beaches to the south, which quickly fade into quieter, rockier stretches of coast.

Košljun: Franciscan monastery

The main reason to come to Punat is to take a taxi-boat across the bay to the islet of Košljun, about 800m offshore, where there is a Franciscan monastery (Franjevački samostan) founded in 1447. From Košljun’s jetty, a path leads up to the monastery church, which has a lofty, wood-beamed interior. Look out for the 1532 polyptych by Girolamo da Santacroce on the high altar, showing scenes from the life of the Virgin. Stretching across the arch above the altar is a large and dignified Last Judgement, executed in 1654 by E. Ughetto. There are some rather more off-the-wall exhibits in the cloister outside, like a one-eyed sheep in a glass case and a two-headed lamb in a bottle. The adjoining museum has an interesting mishmash of stuff, including some ancient typewriters and a display of local costumes. Outside, a confusing array of paths leads through the wilderness of the monastery gardens, although Košljun is so small that it’s difficult to get really lost.

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