Kvarner Region

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Kvarner region

From the Sea to the Sky...This diverse region will transport you from sea level up to the clouds in mere steps. Your dream holidays begin in Kvarner, a popular tourist resort with a 150-year history. Wind your way between sunny islands or visit Opatija, with its leafy parks and long seafront promenade. The landscape soon shifts entirely upon arriving in the wooded and mountainous region of Gorski Kotar. The lungs of Croatia, this area is home to eagles, wolves and bears, as well as the kind of pure air that appeals to hikers and cyclists all over the world. Dare to join them!

Beach

Kvarner’s greatest values are its beaches, preserved environment and clean sea. Find a beach that suits your preferences: maintained or natural, large or small, rocky, pebble, sand, hidden… The most beautiful beaches carry a Blue Flag, a symbol of a preserved, safe and pleasant environment intended for vacation, entertainment and recreation, high quality service, cleanliness of the sea and the coast, as well as of the beach and marina maintenance level. Our beaches are well known to naturists as well, who consider the ones on the islands on Cres, Krk, Lošinj and Rab ideal.

Gastronomy

Thanks to the Mediterranean and maritime influences, the cuisine of the coastal area (Primorje) is based on fish, shellfish, crabs, mollusks, lamb, pasta, Mediterranean fruit and vegetables, spices, olives and olive oil, chestnuts (maruni) and wine, while the cuisine of the mountainous area (Gorje) is based on game, milk and cheese, meat and mushrooms, frogs, snails, freshwater fish, vegetables, especially potatoes and cabbage, wild fruit and spices, as well as hard liquors, brandy (rakija), juniper brandy (brinjevac) and honey brandy (medovača or medica).

Cultural Tours

Kvarner is a region distinguished by an exceptionally dynamic past and a rich heritage of significance to the entire country. To explore the rich historical and cultural treasures, simply follow the paths of the Glagolitic writers and Croatian literacy, learn all there is to know about the Baška Tablet (Baščanska ploča) and the Vinodol Law Codex (Vinodolski zakonik), about the history of the Frankopan family, the precious items stored at the Franciscan Monastery on Košljun or about Apoxiomen, an ancient Greek athlete. There is a myriad of possibilities and interesting ways to get acquainted with the cultural identity of Kvarner and become richer for knowing something new and valuable about Kvarner´s, Croatian´s as well as world cultural heritage.

Active holiday

The Rijeka Hiking Transversal, the Kapela Hiking Trail, the hiking trail called Around the Torches of Rijeka and the Gorski kotar Mountain Trail are four interesting hiking routes. The first two connect different coastal and inland destinations, the third connects the islands, the coastal region and the inland, and the fourth passes through interesting areas of Gorski kotar. Departure locations are conveniently accessible by car.

There is a rich offer for those opting for less demanding trails as well. An exceptionally rich network of maintained walkways on the islands, across the coastal area and the mountains attracts with its beauty and the wealth of different experiences and sights it offers. Characterized by various difficulty levels, these walkways combine the wish for being active with the natural, cultural, historical, entertainment and other amenities. Enjoyment is guaranteed!