Kvarner is a wonderful combination of the sea, islands, and mountains! In a single day you can sail on a yacht or swim in the sea and then enjoy the shade in the nearby forests. In the winter you can go skiing with a view of the sea. Only a kilometer away you can enjoy a seawater swimming pool, relax with wellness treatments, or take long walks along the shore.
Rijeka is the main city in the region and an important commercial and maritime hub. It is also a center of Central European culture and tradition. The streets of the city are dominated by villas in the Baroque, secessionist and modern styles.
An increasing number of towns in Kvarner and its islands are now offering accommodations in their recently renovated traditional rural stone houses. Here you can delight in the swimming pools, native cuisine, excursions, and a variety of festivals. For a true rural experience we recommend Dobrinj and its neighboring villages. They offer old country stone houses, but you can also stay in newer ones that have been built in the "country style", but we highly recommend that you - experience the original! The vacation homes have swimming pools and provide complete enjoyment in a rural setting. A vacation in the interior can also be combined with a stay on the slightly different nearby coast, which is only half an hour away by car.
If you like active tourism, Kvarner has a wide offer of activities. There are more than 1,300 kilometers of marked bicycle trails and many walking paths. Windsurfing is an especially appealing adrenaline sport. The best locations are in Preluca on the island of Krk and in Baška. For bird lovers, birdwatching can be organized on the islands of Krk and Cres. There are also many underwater sites around Kvarner that every year are attracting more and more divers from around the world. In addition to diving, you can try paragliding, skydiving and the increasingly popular automotive sports.
If it is a little too warm on the Kvarner islands and you want to cool off, you can go to the mountains. True enjoyment awaits you at the Risnjak National Park and the Učka Nature Park. Traditional agriculture, local agricultural products, natural fruits and renovated stone house are today the cornerstones of the tourist offer of this region. Chestnuts, asparagus, cherries, honey and honey brandy are just part of the gastronomic offer that we recommend to visitors to Učka and its surrounding towns.
Here you are in Gorski Kotar! The natural beauties of Risnjak National Park will enchant you. In addition to the lynx, it is the natural habitat of two other European animals, bears and wolves. The park is covered by lush forests and rolling meadows and is home to many endemic, endangered and protected species of plants and animals. Take one of the many educational trails, such as the Predator Trail – wolves, bears and lynx – in Tršće and Fužina, the Bear Trail in Brod na Kupi, Fruits of the Mountain in Ravna Gora and the Devil's Passage and Zeleni vir in Skrad. There are still more attractions, but if you are tired you can stop at one of the restaurants where you hosts will prepare some of the outstanding traditional specialties. The locals base their gastronomy on the riches of the forest and the water, from wild game and fruits of the forest to river fish, frogs and snails. All of these pleasures can be complemented by accommodation in the traditional stone houses of the region. But that is not the end. You can also take advantage of the opportunity for an active vacation on the Kupa and Dobra Rivers, which are ideal for kayaking and rafting. The warmth of the picturesque towns of Gorski Kotar and their inhabitants will delight you. You will want to come again!