The Essential Guide to Kvarner
Backed by rugged mountains and dotted with delightful islands, the Gulf of Kvarner has been renowned for its mild climate and cerulean sea since the Hapsburg era, when it was the preferred holiday destination of the European elite. It remains a favorite vacation spot to this day, with the booming port city of Rijeka (tapped to be the European Capital of Culture in 2020) and the elegant Opatija Riviera just next door. The islands of Cres and Lošinj boast a fascinating museum, a fragrant garden, a marine education center, and dazzling hilltop villages, while Rab features the region’s loveliest beach. When you want to get off the beaten path, explore Učka Nature Park and Risnjak National Park, where lynx still roam freely.