Kvarner is a region of Croatia that nurtures the longest tradition of tourism. This region extends between Istria and the northern Adriatic, and it includes the islands of Krk, Rab, Cres, Lošinj, Pag and the islands of the Union, Susak, Ilovnik, Goli otok, Prvić. It is an area of rich history and culture, ecological beauty, excellent tourist offer and an active holiday destination. It is a combination of the sea, big cities, small towns, islands and mountains on a small surface. The geographical position enables fast arrival from any part of Croatia, and also allows you to experience beach breaks, sailing on the open sea and walking on a mountain that provides refreshment in the shade of forest roads. Kvarner offers a tourist offer 365 days a year. In this area, health and wellness tourism has been developed, so in winter you can be engage in winter sports and then enjoy indoor pools with sea water, wellness treatments and nightlife in one of the places in Kvarner. Kvarner offers you accommodation in hotels, apartments, marinas, private accommodation of local renters or one of numerous campsites. Here you can learn how to cook local specialties according to traditional recipes such as Rapska torta, truffle ži, risotto from cuttlefish, or learn to write Glagolitic, do zipline, jump parachute, ride bicycle through numerous cycling trails, dive through ancient Greek finds and many more. In Kvarner the possibilities are countless. Bring home unforgettable memories, handmade souvenirs and beautiful pictures carved into your memory forever.
Opatija is the first Croatian tourist destination since the end of the 19th century. In Opatija, many emperors, kings, political elites and well-known people came to vacation at once, so look for a insight in older times in one of the Opatija’s parks with old, luxurious villas. The Opatija Riviera includes the towns of Ičići, Lovran, Volosko, Medveja and Mosćenićka Draga. The Opatija Riviera, with its extraordinary architecture that abounds in gifted villas, parkland parks with plants from all over the world, and a rich tourist offer provides its visitors with a perfect weekend getaway throughout the year. The whole Opatija Riviera is attractive for holding MICE events such as congresses, conferences, business meetings, team buildings and presentation of new offers due to the fact that, considering their long tradition in tourism, they have many experiences and an enviable reputation in that domain.
Rijeka ring and city of Rijeka
The city of Rijeka – a city that runs, is in the heart of Kvarner. The city of Rijeka and the Rijeka ring have everything that a top tourist destination should have: many hotels and apartment accommodation, rich cultural and gastronomic offer, numerous beaches, activity offerings, religious centers and rich nightlife. Places of the Rijeka Ring are Kraljevica, Bakar, Kastav, Čavle, Kostrena and Jelenje.
Rijeka is a city in which many historical events took place – it was under the rule of Venetians, Austro-Hungarian, Italian, and at the end of the 1st World War it became part of Croatia, and for this reason, it has many monuments to such events. In Rijeka you can find a special combination of tradition and modern – cultural sights and numerous clubs, festivals and events make Rijeka an exceptional holiday destination. Rijeka also nurtures the tradition of religious tourism due to its Marian sanctuary – Trsat. In 2003 the Holy Father John Paul II stayed here. The specialty of this region is also the possibility of skiing on Platak overlooking the sea, as well as the Grobnik motrod where adrenalin sports fans can find something for themselves. In Rijeka, as well as Opatija, the tourist offer lasts for the whole year, so its visitors can enjoy a rich cultural, tourist, gastronomic, musical and active offer at any time of the year – especially at the time of the “Maškare”, when the most famous carnival is held in Rijeka Croatia.
The Crikvenica-Vinodolski riviera is a place that in a unique way manages to unite natural and historical sights. In addition to the usual sea pleasures such as swimming, sunbathing, pedaling, water sports, you can also enjoy long walks by the sea, through the forests leading to beautiful gazebos, or enjoying the wellness and health treatments that this riviera is known for. The centers of this Riviera are Novi Vinodolski, Selce and Crikvenica – three tourist destinations, which along with Opatija nourish over 150 years old tradition of tourism. These places are ideal for those who are looking for variety of things to do during their vacation. The rich tourist, gastronomic, entertainment, historical, cultural, health and sports offer are the cornerstone of tourism in this area. In addition to Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski and Selce, you can find escape from everyday life in Dramalj and Jadranovo. All places are equally beautiful but also different. The oldest Croatian legal document – the Vinodolski Code – was created in Novi Vinodolski. The family Mažuranić, the family from which several leaders, writers and artists originated from this region. The glorious past of the Crikvenica-Vinodol riviera are reminiscent of the Frankopan castles, and the oldest historical record is the Roman record when the valley of Vinodol, which includes Drivenik, Grižane, Bribir and Tribalj, is named Vallis
The island of Krk is an island that may not even be an actual islannd – it is separated from the mainland by the sea, but it is connected with the mainland by a 1430-meter long bridge. The airport of Rijek is situated on the Krk island. Ancient people called Krk a golden island because of its special features in every way. With the arrival on Krk, you embark on a journey that goes back over a thousand years, but you come across a modern touristic reality – a quality offer of tourist accommodation in numerous hotels, apartments, marinas and campsites, rich ethno-gastronomic offer and countless possibilities of an active way of spending free time. Interesting around the island of Krk is that Krk is very closely connected with the number seven – the Croats settled the island of Krk in the 7th century, the islanders successfully defended the island from pirates for 7 times, 7. Frankopan was a Croatian prince, and today on the island you can find 7 large tourist centers – Krk, Malinska, Baška, Njivice, Omišalj, Punat and Vrbnik. Vrbnik is a famous Glagolitic town near Jurandvor, in which the church of St. Lucija found the Baška plate – the first written document in the Croatian language. The Baška plate dates back to 1025, and it is written in the Glagolitic. In the places of Malinska, Baska, Punat, Njivice, Omisalj and Krk you can find a wide tourist offer, beautiful pebbly, sandy and rocky beaches and countless opportunities to explore this island. A special feature is the islet of Košljun, which is located on the island of Krk. Košljun is a special world of distant history that perfectly combined with the dynamic tourist life of this island.
Cres is an island characterized by untouched nature, a protected animal species – a griffon vulture, the phenomenon of Vransko jezero, a wealth of historical and cultural attractions and the fact that the island is visited by dolphins. Cres is located in the northern part of the Kvarner Bay. It is connected to the Lošinj by a mobile bridge. The indented coast of the island has made this island specific because the northern and eastern parts are very steep, in the type of fjords, rough rocks, and in the southern and western parts you can find an enviable number of bays and pebbly beaches, which are paradise for visitors who enjoy privacy. Another indicator of sharp contrast on Cres is vegetation. In the northern, submediterranean part of Cres, there are high and dense forests of oak, chestnut, elm and hornbeam oak, and in the southern and middle parts of the Mediterranean there are many pastures and thick macchia. Cres abounds in the flora of the world, it is home to more than 1,300 species of plants, which suits the development of the animal world. Particularly interesting in the animal world is that Cres is one of the last two habitats of griffon vultures. On Cres you can find the unusual natural appearance of a freshwater lake on an island surrounded by salt water. Lake Vransko, is a lake whose bottom is 74 meters below the sea level. The long history of this island is reflected in the rich cultural and historical heritage of a number of forts from the time of the Liburnian tribes, remains of ancient cities, early Catholic churches, monasteries and remains of cities from the Venetian Republic to the monuments of today. All of the above, as well as the big accommodation capacity, cultural and entertainment events and specific traditional cuisine, as well as the fact that Cres was the first destination of Robinson tourism in Croatia, is what attracts a large number of visitors to this gem of Kvarner.
Lošinj is an island that has built its tourist offer on the long tradition of tourism, as well as all the places in the Kvarner area, rich offer of content, specific nature, and clean air that has medicinal benefits. A pleasant climate, air of exceptional quality that is rich in aerosols make this island an aromatherapy in the open air. The word about favorable climate spread at the end of the 19th century, so the places Veli and Mali Lošinj were proclaimed in 1892 by a climatic health clinic in 1895. In that time the first tourist was recorded in Lošinj, and in 1897 the first hotel was opened in Lošinj, so that this island can surely say that for many years now it has been cultivating the tradition of rich and imaginative tourist offers. Luxurious villas and houses dating back to the 19th century, parks and gardens with plants from all over the world and stone houses preserve memories of ancient times and contribute to making this island a special ambience for its visitors. Lošinj can thank the rapid development in the past to the fact that in the 19th century there were 6 shipyards, and that it was the nautical force of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. The cultural sights of the island of Lošinj are very rich – Renaissance buildings, churches, basilicas and monasteries from the early Christian period, and antique remains that are scattered around the island give visitors the opportunity to curb the past, art and culture of those times. The discovery of the sculpture of the Greek athlete Apoxiomen, which was found in the sea near Lošinj also gives the importance to Lošinj. Lošinj underwater is extremely suitable for diving, and the sea itself is perfect for sailing and water sports. The islands that make up the Lošinj archipelago hold a total of 250 kilometers of promenades, and these islands are the Union, Ilovik, Vele Srakane and Susak. Especially interesting fact about Lošinj is that there are frequent encounters with the sociable dolphins.