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The Essential Guide to Kvarner

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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.
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Liganj 42, 51415, Lovran, Croatia
One of Croatia’s lesser-known nature parks, Učka spans an imposing mountain range, rising from the Gulf of Kvarner where the northern Adriatic meets continental Croatia. It’s a wilderness of oak and beech forests, alpine meadows,...
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51410, Opatija, Croatia
Konoba Tramerka serves some of Kvarner’s freshest seafood and locally sourced meats, all expertly prepared with a dash of soul. The restaurant is tucked away on a narrow cobblestone street just steps from the seafront in the tiny fishing...
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Riva, 51000, Rijeka, Croatia
At Botel Marina in Rijeka, guests are lulled to sleep by the sound of the Adriatic lapping against the hull of the 1936 ferry. A five-minute stroll from the city center, the now-moored boat sailed for more than seven decades before being...
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Trg Lokvina 3, 51215, Kastav, Croatia
Located in the ancient town of Kastav just outside of Rijeka, Kukuriku features a pale mustard facade that draws guests into its elegantly designed interiors. Many of the rooms overlook the pretty town square, with its small chapel and water well,...
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San Marino,, 51281, Rab, Croatia
To see one of Kvarner’s most gorgeous shallow beaches, make the trek to the island of Rab, where you’ll find over a mile of sandy shore known as Rajska Plaža (Paradise Beach). Surrounded by turquoise waters and the massive Velebit...
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Mali Losinj, Croatia
Located in Kvarner Bay, the island of Lošinj is known for its abundance of aromatic plants, most of which were brought over by seafarers from various corners of the globe in the late 19th century. Walk around the island and you’ll be...
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Mali Losinj, Croatia
At the Lošinj Marine Education Center, guests can learn all about the bottlenose dolphins that are native to the Adriatic. Opened by the Blue World Institute in 2003, the museum features exhibits and interactive multimedia presentations,...
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13 Riva lošinjskih kapetana, 51550, Mali Lošinj, Croatia
In 1997, a Belgian diver discovered an ancient bronze statue of a young athlete in the seabed near Lošinj. He had it excavated and sent to Zagreb for restoration, which lasted for six years and showed that the statue had been submerged for...
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Čikat ul. 16, 51550, Mali Lošinj, Croatia
Surrounded by towering pine trees, this boutique hideaway re-creates Lošinj's golden age of Austro-Hungarian grandeur, when the European elite flocked to the island for its pleasant microclimate. Located right on Čikat Bay, the hotel...