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Kvarner Travel Guide

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Plan Your Kvarner Vacation

The Kvarner Gulf is a large, deep bay with the Istrian peninsula to the north and Dalmatia to the south. Four major islands, Cres, Krk, Lošinj, and Rab, along with numerous smaller specks of land, fill the heart of the bay and can be viewed from the gentle resort towns strung around the coastal arc. The lush, rolling hills of this coastal strip wind their way around the gulf from Opatija.

East of Rijeka, the scenic Magistrala costal highway cuts into the solid rock of the foothills on its way to the southern tip of Croatia.

Although the entire northern stretch of the Croatian coast exhibits a strong Italian influence, thanks to centuries of control from across the Adriatic, most of the mainland resorts developed during Habsburg rule. Robust and sophisticated Austro-Hungarian architecture and infrastructure predominate in these towns.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. On the waterfront. Opatija's Lungomare is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll anywhere between Opatija and Volosko; the path is over 7 miles long.
  2. The Great Bell Tower in Rab Town. The view from the top of the town's tallest and most beautiful tower (there are four) is of a perfectly preserved medieval square.
  3. The picturesque harbor of Lošinj. Watch yachts come in and dock in front of stately 19th-century villas on both sides of the marina.

When To Go

When to Go

Late May through early June and September are ideal times to visit, since you can expect good weather, warm seas, and open facilities. Early May ...

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