Punat lies on the eastern coast of the bay of Punat on the island of Krk in Croatia. It is well protected against storm, as well as the whole bay of Punat. In the bay of Punat there is a well known marina. In the middle of the bay of Punat there is a little island called Košljun, famous for a Franciscan monastery and ethnographic and sacral museum collections.
Punat has a long tradition of fishing and this is immediately obvious as one visits the port of Punat in the summer, bustling with boats of different shapes and sizes. Fishing is no longer reserved just for the locals, tourists may join on one of the fishing trips and also enjoy a delicious dinner made on board from the fresh catch. The owners of the boats Zlatopružica and Lenica offer this unique experience.
Punat has a range of restaurants for every taste. It is especially worth going to one of the fish restaurants, however a special tip is to eat in a konoba - a traditional rustic taverna usually featuring an open-hearth fireplace. Apart from fish, it is recommended to try the island delicacy - šurlice. A type of home-made pasta prepared with beef goulash. A good konoba in Punat is "Konoba Sidro" along the Punat promenade.
There are three popular places to go out, each with different kind of music.
- In the port, there is a small cafe Piccolo which hosts evenings with bands such as Boduli that play mostly Croatian popular songs, Dalmatian romantic tunes or traditional songs from continental Croatia that make you want to dance. They are multitalented musicians that sing in harmony at the same time playing on traditional Croatian instruments.
- Onix is a bar on the coast on the way to the beach that has a proper club-feel in the summer and hosts bigger concerts, ranging from Croatian pop music to DJ events to turbo folk.
- Cinema, a cafe in the centre of town hosting mostly DJ sets with a bit more hard-core music.