Somewhere between the mountains and crystal clear sea full of islands, at the northern coast of Croatia, stands Kvarner – an area with hospitality tradition longer than 170 years. From the middle of the 19th century, when the hotel Kvarner first began to host guests, the hospitality of Kvarner developed a long tradition. Kvarner is the place where even most demanding visitors can find something for themselves.
Whether you are seeking a peaceful family holiday, active outdoor vacation or a destination where you can relax and improve your health, Kvarner has everything to your liking!
Kvarner's rich cultural heritage is truly exceptional, as is its beautiful nature. You can also enjoy a vast array of local foods and activities that will satisfy the inner gourmand and thrill seeker in every visitor.
Kvarner has a mild Mediterranean climate so you can visit it all year round. The elegant and charming Opatija is a romantic city popular in the summer but during winter as well, especially for Advent and New Year season. It is well known for its parks surrounded by the romantic coastline and Austro-Hungarian villas. Rijeka, a port town with a rich history and numerous monuments and attractions, is a host of many manifestations and festivals during the whole year.
The Rijeka Carnival is the most popular manifestation when all the creativity and fun unleash in Rijeka.
Rijeka has been chosen as the European Capital of Culture (ECOC) for the year 2020 so make sure you check out all that this interesting city has to offer.
Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski make a great place for an active holiday and historic richness.
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Kvarner has traditionally been a destination where families come to relax and create memories. Here, you can enjoy the sun and breathtaking beaches that will exhilarate the entire family. A pleasant atmosphere and hospitality of local people will make every family feel welcome regardless of accommodation type they choose.
During their stay in Kvarner, families have plenty of activities to choose from: enjoying the beaches, visiting the rural parts in Gorski Kotar to exploring the rich cultural heritage and a lot of historical sights in Kvarner.
Krk is well known for family beaches like Vela plaža beach. This beach has become one of the most distinctive symbols of the island and the vacation on the Adriatic coast in general. It is beloved by many bathers of all ages, especially by families with children.
Cres, Rab and Lošinj islands make a peaceful place for a family holiday. With a lot of hidden spots and small wild beaches, families can find their piece of heaven in Kvarner. Lubenice is a small village on Cres island located at the top of the cliff 378 meters above the sea. This small village with a breathtaking view that stretches across the St Johns beach, becomes home to a number of events and concerts during the summer.
Spending active, adventurous vacation is a great way to get rid of stress and derive the maximum pleasure from nature and its endless beauties. In Kvarner, there are a lot of ways to spend an active vacation and enjoy the combination of islands, sea, and mountains. Here you can bicycle as much as you want. Near Opatija Rivijera you can bicycle through the old towns and fortresses in the Liburnia territory. Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski also have something to offer for the cyclest lovers and enthusiasts – cycle rides through breathtaking beaches and Mediterranean pine forests. Islands are also very popular for cycling routes, combining more challenging mountain biking paths as well as easier paths for beginners.
Kvarner outdoor Brand
Kvarner outdoor Brand
Kvarner outdoor Brand
Kvarner outdoor Brand
Kvarner outdoor Brand
Apart from biking in the Kvarner region, you can discover and appreciate its wonderful nature by hiking and running as well. The hiking reward, after reaching the top, is the beautiful view of the endless looking sea. There are hiking trails that connect the coastal and inland destinations. There are a lot of hiking trails with different difficulty levels for everyone who loves hiking. Nature lovers will enjoy islands in Kvarner that have rich networks of maintained walkways where visitors can combine being active with the cultural and historical entertainment.
Lungo Mare is a seaside promenade connecting tourist destinations in Opatija area. The promenade is 12km long so if you go by foot you'll pass by the most attractive locations, beautiful parks and villas. Walking alongside the promenade makes a great workout combined with seeing all the main attractions in this area.
Kvarner has a long tradition in health tourism. During the 19th and 20th century, the climatic health resorts were built in Opatija, Crikvenica, Veli Lošinj and Mali Lošinj. Opatija gained the status of a royal health destination in 1889 and the tradition continues until today spreding across the entire Kvarner region.
Opatija Riviera is a leader in wellness services combining the natural properties and long tradition. Modern thalassotherapy uses the power of the sea as a source of hydration, algae and air in the treatment aimed to increase vitality and beauty. Thalassotherapy Wellness centers can be found in Opatija, Crikvenica and Mali Losinj.
Islands make a great place to visit if you're looking to feel stress-free while walking through the ancient towns, beautiful coastline or a forest with the smell of aromatic herbs. In Veli Lošinj Health Resort visitors come to seek medical help associated with allergic, respiratory and skin diseases that are treated in an ambient of exotic Mediterranean plants and beautiful walkways through parks.
Just like the rest of the Kvarner region, the gastronomy is rich and diverse. The coastal cuisine is based on fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables. The taste is enriched with olive oil and superb wines that are combined with almost every meal. Krk wine, Vrbnička žlahtina is one of the local white wines that have extraordinary accord and harmony of taste with refined aroma and bouquet. Except for wines, Kvarner is also known for its homemade brandies enriched with aromatic herbs.
The clean seawater, rocky coastline and sea bottom, temperature and numerous freshwater springs provide a habitat for a variety of undersea life. Fish, shellfish, and cephalopods still thrive along the Croatian coast. Kvarner scampi is one of the best in the world and they distinguish themselves by their light red color that comes from a fact that they live in a very shallow sea. Kvarner scampi have very soft and sweet taste which is very pleasing to the palate.
Savoring a local specialties
Every island in the Kvarner region has its own specialty, healthy and tasty. Island of Cres is well known for its special high-quality lamb. The meat comes from the free-range sheep that are living on the island. On Rab and Lošinj people prefer fish stew, octopus salads, squids and mussels cooked in a traditional way and served with locally-grown ingredients from the local gardens.
In the Kvarner inland, the forest covered Gorski Kotar is well known for its berries, mushrooms, freshwater fish. Venison meat lovers will enjoy menus that include venison smoked ham, venison or deer stew with home-made „gnocchi“ or bread dumplings.
Kvarner is a destination full of diversity that comes together in one place and makes for one beautiful region where every travel lover can find a place, activity and taste they enjoy. Families with children, couples, adventure seekers and gastro lovers all enjoy everything that Kvarner has to offer.
You are thinking whether to spend your holidays with your family in the green oasis of Gorski kotar or on the beautiful beaches of the Kvarner Islands and Coastal Croatia? Whatever your choice may be, do not forget that time spent with your family is the most precious of all…
In the hinterland you will enjoy in mountain landscapes, pleasant summers and in a winter atmosphere seen only on old postcards. And one more thing: in winter, the Rijeka hinterland offers an unforgettable experience: you may ski or sleigh with a view of the sea!
If you wish to hike, walk, fly, sail, ride or dive… to enjoy an experience in the air, on the land, in or under the water, Kvarner offers numerous possibilities for you to break your daily routine, test your limits and feel the adrenaline.
Irrespective of the season in which you come here, Kvarner will welcome you with a great number of events and possibilities for a high quality and interesting holiday.
Kvarner is a region distinguished by lush landscape, a wealth of natural features and a rich offer. The region’s gastronomy is also diverse and rather difficult to describe in simple terms.