The nerve center of this island region is Rijeka, the largest port in Croatia, and it offers a festive calendar as well as the majesty and mystery of Trsat Castle.
The most popular travel destinations in Kvarner are Opatija, Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski. Each is highly developed, has ample pebble beaches, and a long history serving tourists of every stripe. Optatija has the longest history as a resort, having hosted Austro-Hungarian royalty in the 19th century, and is sometimes known as the Nice of the Adriatic. Even today, an excellent climate, exotic plant life and gardens, a well-maintained landscape, beautiful beaches and thumping nightlife preserve the area as perhaps the most celebrated of the region for travelers. In addition, if boating is your pleasure, there are multiple marinas and berths.
For a more heart-pumping holiday, look to the mountains of Gorski Kotar in the Risnjak National Park. It's a favorite spot for hikers and climbers seeking high-altitude adventure.
When you've had your fill of the sun, heights or history, retreat to a comfy cottage to prepare for the next adventure.
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