Kvarner

Where true diversities come together.

Perhaps you imagine an ideal holiday, one where you can set off from the shore towards sunny islands, and then sail back to seek the peace and quiet of a mountain peak.

 

In the process you dream of a sun-bathed Riviera that can, should you so wish, be replaced within a span of 10 km by ascetic peace and fresh mountain air where you are in the company of eagles, wolves and bears, and where your lungs are filled with forest scented air. Discover Kvarner and Gorski Kotar - areas that are so different, but so close.

Set off from the Opatija Riviera...

Where to go

Routes of fragrant rivieras and islands

An encounter with different worlds is just a mild comparison to what one can see and feel in the majestic Opatija and Crikvenica, the maritime Rijeka and stone-carved island of Krk. The diversity does not end there. It continues to our other islands Krk and Cres, the healing island of Lošinj, the sandy Susak, the flower-covered Ilovik and the wooded island of Rab. What is the common theme to all of them? Long ago in the 19th century, this was recognised by the European aristocracy, who chose this particular area, blessed with a mild climate and lush Mediterranean vegetation for their holidays. It is thanks to them that the first luxurious villas and hotels came to be built, and the foundations of the first Croatian resorts were laid: Opatija, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodol... The illustrious members of the nobility were not the only global travellers; the mariners of Lošinj also sailed all over the world, bringing back over 80 species of exotic plants from their voyages. The gardens of small towns are filled with flowers, the landscapes are resplendent with forests and olive groves; shrubs of sage, rosemary and lavender are all around you, wherever you go. Welcome to the fragrant gates of the Adriatic.

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The White and Samarske Rocks

This is where nature truly played an incredible game by creating amazing shapes of rocks, which by far surpass all that was made by human hand.

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Učka

Amongst the main attractions of Učka are the unique limestone formations in the area of Vrana and at the very top of Učka, where an old tower is erected.

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Fužine

Fužine is a famous place with a very long tourist tradition that dates back to 1874 when the first organized trip in history was recorded and guests arrived by special trains from Sušak, Rijeka.

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Lubenice

Lubenice is a small, stone-built village perched atop a 378 metre-high ridge, and makes a scenic viewpoint not only for visitors but also for the permanent residents of the island of Cres – its griffon vultures.

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Mošćenička Draga

Mošćenićka Draga, the jewel of Kvarner at the foot of the Učka Mountain, has carved itself into the rocky ravine. Its autochthonous Mediterranean architecture, history, coastal tradition...

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Opatija

Opatija is a fashionable Adriatic tourist resort. In the past it was a summer and winter destination for the Austro-Hungarian nobility because of its mild Mediterranean climate, and today it is a place of luxury hotels.

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Osor

Where the islands of Cres and Lošinj meet is the small town of Osor, famous for its evening music sessions and turbulent history.

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Paradise Beach

The largest and most famous Rajska beach (Paradise beach) is 1.5 kilometres long, and alongside it are the most important places of touristic capacity.

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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat and the City of Rijeka

Under the watchful eye of the Trsat fortress and the oldest sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady in Croatia is the maritime and cultural centre of Rijeka, which is also home to a Franciscan monastery, a church and the famous Chapel of votive gifts.

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Skrad

Skrad is one of Croatia’s gems in the heart of Gorski Kotar. It sits above a canyon that has Zeleni vir and the Vražji prolaz, surrounded by forests with wonderful views...

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The Baška Plaque

The Baška Plaque (Bašćanska ploča, island of Krk) — the largest Croatian written monument in old Glagolitic script, dating from the 12th century.

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The Island of Košljun

A mere 10-minute boat ride from Punat is all that is needed to transport you to this spiritual and scenic paradise.

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Town of Rab

The town of Rab, with its four Romanesque bell towers and three main streets – Gornja, Srednja and Donja (upper, middle and lower) – is also home to precious medieval churches and patrician palaces.

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Vrbnik

This ancient stone town on the island of Krk, which rises from the sea overwhelms with its beauty and spirit. It is a town of the Glagolitic script, Frankopan princes...

Aleksandar Gospić
To begin with, walk the wonderful Opatija Riviera and enjoy its 12 km long promenade by the sea. Here, the foundations of tourism were laid way back in 1844, when a wheat merchant with vision decided to build the first hotel in Opatija, the famous Villa Angiolina. It was not long before the town became one of the most elite summer resorts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, one that attracted many famous names - from members of the imperial family, to artists, scientists and politicians.

Then, allow the elegant villas and hotels, lush gardens and parks to lead you towards Rijeka, the metropolis of the littoral and today the largest trading and maritime centre of the northern Adriatic. Sitting under the watchful eye of the magnificent fortification of Trsat, with the oldest Marian sanctuary in Croatia, together with a Franciscan monastery, St. Vitus Cathedral and the famous votive chapel, Rijeka is a fascinating city, not just as a maritime centre but also one of enviable cultural and artistic life, and home to the greatest carnival event in Croatia.

Aleksandar Gospić

Epic images amid the blue of the sea

If you are yearning for the silence of the wide blue expanse and the charm of the islands, then set off into the Kvarner Bay, ringed by the mythical Absyrthian islands from the legend of the Argonauts: Rab, Krk, Cres and Lošinj. Apart from enjoying the epic sights of bora-bleached cliffs, coves and inlets reaching deep into the sea, small sunbathed towns with stone-built houses, abandon yourself to the intoxicating fragrances of lavender, sage, myrtle and umbrella pines, and the 2,700 unique plant species.

 

These islands will also reveal themselves as the habitat of an enviable number of animal species. Strolling through the towns of Lošinj, Osor on the island of Cres, or Vrbnik on Krk, will open up their nooks and crannies, revealing numerous remains of a rich heritage, like the famous Baška Plaque - a carved stone monument of the Croatian language dating from the year 1100. A climb to the peaks of cliffs will allow you to observe the habitat of rare griffons, and in the waters beneath them enjoy the magical play of dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals. All those seeking clean air with special medicinal properties should continue their journey in the direction of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera which, in 1906, was officially declared a climatic health resort, and where the Therapia Hotel - one of the most beautiful hotel buildings along the entire Croatian coast - was built in 1895.

Antun Cerovečki

Oases of peace and silence by the sea

A quite special experience awaits you on the steep hills of the Učka Mountain, overshadowing Istria and the western part of Kvarner, especially in its nature parks. Lovely green landscapes of exceptional ecological value with a high concentration of protected species, rising only about a dozen metres from the sea are true oases of peace and tranquillity which are becoming an increasingly popular destination of Croatian winter tourism. If you start travelling northward, you will get to the Risnjak National Park near Delnice and numerous reserves of diverse and rich indigenous flora and endangered animal species, spread across the green mountains. All are idyllic holiday locations for those seeking to truly become one with nature.

Maja Danica Pečanić

Kvarner offers the most diverse pleasures to the curious gourmet. In this cluster are caught and prepared the Adriatic's best scampi, which have received every possible compliment, including one that says there are none better in the world!

Kvarner – the cradle of healthy breathing and healthy sleep

The first association that many people make for business tourism in this region is, of course, the town of Opatija, a historic tourist destination. It began as a vacation resort, and then enhanced its reputation by expanding its MICE offer.