As the final leaves of autumn give way to the first whispers of winter, Krk Island begins its transformation into a festive paradise. The season of Advent here is not just a prelude to Christmas; it's an event in its own right, attracting visitors from near and far. From the 2nd to the 23rd of December, 2023, the island's quaint streets and historic venues, like the semi-dome near the Park, the Decumanus Gallery, and the monastery church of St. Francis of Assisi are imbued with the spirit of the season. As you step into the island's embrace during these days, you'll find a vibrant mix of music, art and culinary delights. Join us as we take you through a guide to enjoying Advent on Krk, where each moment is a celebration and every experience.
The semi-dome area, with its arching backdrop, sets the stage for an array of activities designed to delight every generation. Imagine wandering through a Christmas market where the air is crisp, the mulled wine steams gently in your hand, and the local artisans from the Handicrafts Association present their festive-inspired crafts, their stalls a treasure trove of ceramics and handcrafted wonders.
For families, the Advent season on Krk holds special charm. The little ones can revel in activities crafted just for them, including concerts and performances that celebrate the joy and innocence of childhood. They’ll be captivated by evenings filled with the melodies of Disney classics, and the "Secret of Christmas Night" play is sure to leave them wide-eyed with wonder. Krk will not be bypassed by the children's favorite Saint Nicholas, who, as befits the patron saint of sailors, will arrive by boat and bring gifts.
The island’s musical journey is equally impressive, featuring everything from children's choirs to DJ-saxophonist duos like The Funkables, ensuring that every night is alive with rhythm and song. The highlight for many will be the Christmas concert, graced by the talents of national opera champions, mezzo-soprano Kristina Kolar and baritone Robert Kolar. Their performances in the hallowed halls of St. Francis of Assisi offers a moment of sublime reflection.
Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Handicrafts Association's festive display, where the theme "Light in the Darkness" takes shape in ceramic and natural materials. It’s a place where local artisans share their passion and where each piece tells a story of the island's rich cultural fabric.
No festive experience is complete without the pleasures of the table, and Krk’s Advent is a testament to this. The gastronomic selection complements the festive mood perfectly. Visitors can indulge in classic holiday favorites and local specialties alike at the Advent houses. The cuisine ranges from well-known holiday dishes such as sausages, cabbage, grilled meat and various types of hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs, but also some traditional island delicacies such as sorrel, lamb chops, beans with sausage or sandwiches with homemade cheese. There are also sweet threats such as fritters, fragrant waffles, pancakes with cottage cheese and homemade jam, as well as a colorful selection of drinks will be available, including mulled wine, gin, rum or whiskey, winter cocktails and various beers, as well as boiled apple juice and various teas.
As the island of Krk decks itself out in its festive finery, we’ve curated a selection of cozy homes and charming rentals that promise to be the perfect retreat after a day of Advent celebrations, ensuring your stay is as magical as the season itself.
1. Villa KAMENICA
Nestled in the quaint village of Kras, Villa KAMENICA is an exquisite escape for seven, complete with both an outdoor and indoor heated pool, alongside a relaxing sauna. This villa boasts three elegant en-suite bedrooms, a well-appointed kitchen with a dining space, and a comfortable living area. The spa amenities and serene outdoor terrace with a lush garden offer a perfect blend of relaxation and luxury. Despite its peaceful location, you're just a stone's throw away from the beach and the vibrant town center. Villa KAMENICA is the ideal blend of modern comforts and tranquility, ideal for a family or friends' festive getaway.
2. Villa QUADRA
Villa QUADRA offers a slice of luxury with its stunning sea views and contemporary design, accommodating up to 10 guests. This new, stylishly furnished villa boasts a private heated swimming pool, a lush garden, five bedrooms, four bathrooms plus a guest toilet, and seamless living space with pool access. Air-conditioned interiors with underfloor heating make it an ideal family retreat for any season. Guests also enjoy the convenience of private parking and a garage, ensuring a comfortable and elegant stay.
3. Villa PHOENIX
Villa PHOENIX is an enchanting retreat right in the heart of the city of Krk, perfect for up to 8 guests. It features four luxurious en-suite bedrooms, a cozy living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a dining area that opens up to a generous outdoor space. Here, you can bask by the pool, lounge in the sun or refresh in the outdoor shower. Just a short 400-meter stroll from the beach, this villa provides all the essentials for a worry-free holiday, including air conditioning, WiFi, and satellite TV, all covered in the cost. And for those who love to travel with their furry friends, pets are warmly welcomed.
Advent on Krk is more than just a celebration; it's an invitation to slow down and savor the moment, to create new traditions while experiencing the island's timeless beauty. Can’t wait to see you in Krk this Christmas season!