Punat, a place on the southwest coast of the island located in Puntarska Draga, stretches along the coast to about 34 km2 and there live around 1,913 inhabitants. Municipality Punat comprises two places, Punat and Stara Baška. Punat is more recent origin, and the place is divided into old and new parts.
The inhabitants of this town have always been occupied with fishing, farming and shipbuilding, from which was once created the first marina on the island with three berths, and today it is the largest and one of the oldest marina on the Adriatic. Local people are also known for its olive groves, which are used in health care and tourism purposes, and there is a mill for processing olive oil.
Tourism in Punat
As in most places on the island, the most important activity in Punat is tourism. Here is particulary important, because of the before mentioned marine, nautical tourism, and the most frequent visitors are Germans and Austrians who here have their own boats and yachts.
Punat, as a tourist location, offers hotel accommodation in its three hotels, private accommodation in private houses, and has three camps from which one is nudist camp.
Along the coast there is a 3,5 km long promenade with pebbled and concrete beaches with cafes and restaurants located directly on the beach, but also with lots of recreational content such as beach volleyball, water slides, rent a jet ski, paragliding and many other activities.
As cultivation of olive trees is developed here, and olives are harvested in the fall, guests at that time staying in Punat can participate in the harvest, visit an oil mill and taste olive oil.