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Punat – The former bishop’s summer house gets another star

Punat – The former bishop’s summer house gets another star
Hotel ‘Kanajt’ in Punat, on the island of Krk, has recently been enriched with various new contents, which has resulted in it aquiring a new star.

This hotel facility, which has for many years now been a part of the Punat Marina, is located at the very entrance to Punat and was awarded another star after additional investments.The hotel largely satisfied standards needed for a fourth star already, so most of the additional investments refered to preparation, storage and handling of food, i.e. equipping and widening the kitchen facilities. In the near future it is planned for the hotel to get a swimming pool along with the already existing tennis court.

Hotel Kanajt is located in a former building of the bishop’s summer house from the 16th century. It has 22 luxury rooms, is open throughout the year and because it is largely used by sailing enthusiasts and visitors of the Punat Marina, its offer is mostly aimed at sailors and lovers of the sea.

The town of Punat, once a famous wooden shipbuilding yard, is located in the southwest part of the island of Krk, in one of the most protected bays of the Adriatic and 8km from the town of Krk.

Punat is today a famous tourist destination thanks to its main tourist attraction – a small forested islet of Košljun which is located in the middle of the bay opposite the town and one of the largest and best equipped tourist marinas on the east Adriatic coast.

Apart from its natural beauty, the islet Košljun is famous for the Benedictine and later, in the 15th century, Franciscan monastery which marked the beginnings of tourism in Punat. As early as the beginning of the 19th century the islet and the monastery were visited by the European elite of that time. Some of the visitors were: the widow of the Austrian emperor Fredinand I - the empress Karolina, the younger brother of the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph - Maximilian Ferdinand, the Romanian King - Karol I and many others.

The monks at the monastery have throughout the centuries managed to preserve many valuable objects, so a museum was opened on the islet, with an ethnographic collection which contains various objects used by the fishermen and peasants as well as traditional costumes from all over the island of Krk. The monastery also holds a rich zoological collection, which contains a large collection of shells and unique species of animals, such as the one eyed lamb. The monastery also has a rich coin collection and library with around 30000 titles. Among them is Ptolemy’s Atlas, printed in Venice in 1511, as one of the three that have been preserved. On the islet there are also two churches, the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in which the largest Croatian painting `Heaven, Purgatory, Hell’ is kept and the chapel of St. Bernardine.

The Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorje County

The Tourist Board of Punat

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