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Are you still unsure about where to go for a vacation? Or just bored of big cities stuffed with tourists? Punat is the best choice if you’d like to get away to enjoy the beauty of nature and sunshine. This town is a stunning mixture of eye-catching landscapes, fresh air, and culinary experiences.
Location of Punat
Punat lies in a narrow coastal area, on the eastern side of the 3 km long Krk peninsula, on the southern part of an island with the same name. The bridge to the island is 32 km from the town.
History of Punat
Punat is one of the youngest towns on Krk island. According to some studies and detailed reports, this area became an independent settlement only a hundred years ago. Residents, however, have settled down here constantly since the ancient times. There are signs of Illyrian tribes as well as Greeks and Romans, among the archaeological findings of the town. The legend says there was a bridge at the narrow entrance of the Punat valley in Roman times.
Besides farming and cattle breeding, residents worked in fishing and yachtbuilding. In 1906 they established an Austrian-Croatian steamyacht company here. Its first steamyacht, Frankopan, was a way to go from the village to the mainland. Nowadays Punat is one of Croatia’s biggest centres of yachting, and the olive centre of its region as well. The islands of Punat and Košljun have been connected for centuries through Franciscans.
Beaches in Punat
Punat is popular for its beautiful beaches that are right next to the town. Most of them are only accessible by boat. Thus, it’s not a coincidence, that most families and young travellers find it necessary to rent a boat.
Gulf of Punat:
The beach of the town called Puntarska Draga is more convenient with better accessibility of the sea, hence it’s ideal for children and elderly people. The water is shallow and there’s cladding for bathers’ safety. Leaving the gulf, you can choose between numerous pebble beaches. These offer pleasant pastimes, such as sports, water sports, beach volleyball, surfing, ski-lift, paragliding, jet ski and an aqua park. Visitors come with a boat or yacht, and anchor in one of the gulfs between Punat and Stara Baška. Amazing, outlying pebble beaches with crystal clear water welcome all guests. If you’d rather not rent a boat or yacht, you can still travel by taxi boats leaving from the port.
Stara Baška is just 9 km from the town of Punat. This place and its beaches are really popular, tourists visit them regularly.
Main sights of Punat
The town has two parts with different characteristics. The old town of Punta and its stone houses are on the north side. On the south, there’s a newer part called Buka, which evolved with tourism after World War II. Once there was a pasta factory there.
All visitors should see the island of Košljun, which is only 10 minutes away. Rent a yacht and explore this gorgeous island. Although the distance between Punat and Košljun is only 750 m, the island (which is part of the Krk peninsula) has been connected to it for centuries. The small island has rich flora. There are 540 species of mushrooms and plants on a relatively small area. The Franciscan monastery is also on the island of Košljun. It preserved many Christian values throughout the centuries. Don’t forget to visit it when you come here.
Punat’s port is the site of the international regatta race called “Croatia Cup”, which is a truly exciting annual program for lovers of sailing.
Weather in Punat
The Adriatic coast has the traits of the Mediterranean climate with a lot of sunshine. Summers are dry and warm, winters are mild and rainy.
Yacht charter in Punat
Nearly 50 years ago a port developed from the local heritage of boat manufacturing. It was the first port on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. First, it could only host 10 boats along a short pier. However, today it’s a modern yachting centre and a port for more than 1200 boats. Marina Punat was the first Croatian port that achieved blue flag rating for its high-quality service and preserved the natural environment. It has won the award every year since 1998.
Marina Punat has 850 places for boats on the sea and 500 on the coast. The port offers a wide variety of boats for sailors, with reparation and rental opportunities and culinary specialities. It has earned several important awards. For example, it won the title for the best port in Croatia multiple times, and the recognition of the Croatian Chamber of commerce in 2014.
In Punat, peace, silence and untouched nature all wait for you. It’s worth waking up early, so you can dip in the shining, clean seawater at sunrise. If you’re fond of nature and water discoveries, this section of the Adriatic Sea will certainly be a memorable experience for you. Find yacht routes in Kvarner Bay or choose another yacht charter in Kvarner Bay.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Punat. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Punat shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Punat shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Punat, and cruise around Punat
Day 1. Punat – Malinska 31.42 km (19.52 mi), Day 2. Malinska – Opatija 29.15 km (18.11 mi),Day 3. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 4. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi),Day 5. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 6. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 7. Baska – Lopar – Punat 38.29 km (23.79 mi).
Day 1. Punat – Lopar (Rab)23.59 km (14.66 mi), Day 2. Lopar – Opatija (Pag island) 42.52 km (26.42 mi), Day 3. Novalja – Susak 47.25 km (29.36 mi) Day 4. Susak – Mali Losinj 14.33 km (8.90 mi), Day 5. Mali Losinj – Unije 25.68 km (15.96 mi),Day 6. Unije – Pula 50.72 km (31.51 mi), Day 7. Pula – Medulin 27.90 km (17.34 mi), Day 8. Medulin – Rabac 41.84 km (26.00 mi), Day 9. Rabac – Opatija 33.26 km (20.66 mi), Day 10. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 11. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi), Day 12. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 13. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 14. Baska – Island of Rab – Punat 38.29 km (23.79 mi).
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