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Kvarner is known for having some of the best beaches in Croatia, with its stunning islands and expansive coastline. Surrounded by forest and mountains, you are spoilt for choice with hundreds of kilometres of biking, hiking and walking tracks.

Things to do

With a rich culture and history, there are charming old buildings, churches, museums and ancient monuments to see in the towns. You can charter a boat and visit various beaches and marinas around Kvarner Bay, or the islands are easily accessible by car or ferry.

Places to Visit and Beaches in the Kvarner region

Kvarner Towns and Regions: Opatija, Rijeka, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodol Riviera and the Kvarner Islands - Cres, Lošinj, Krk and Rab.

places to stay and visit

  • Kvarner Islands

    The Kvarner Islands are made up of four islands: Krk, Cres, Losinj & Rab. The islands have diverse vegetation. 

  • Opatija

    Situated at the bottom of the mountain and Nature Park Učka, Opatija has beautiful nature, climate and parks.

  • Rijeka and the Vinodol Coast

    With plenty of natural sites and recreational activities, these areas are sure to take you by pleasant surprise.

getting there

The most convenient airport for visiting Kvarner is Rijeka Airport, on the island of Krk. With flights less frequent to Rijeka in winter, you can fly into Pula Airport, Trieste Airport, both 90 minute drives away, or Zagreb Airport, two hours away.

Beaches in the Kvarner region are varied and picturesque, with a mix of pebbles, sand and rocks.

  • Paradise beach, Rab Island

  • Novi Vinodolski beach


In the past the Kvarner area has been praised for its mild “healing” weather. It has hot summers and mild winters. July is hottest with average highs of 30°C and lows of 20. January is coldest with average highs of 9 and lows of 3. Sea temperature of up to 26 in summer. It rains just enough to keep the landscape green - about 120 days of rain per year.

History and culture

The Kvarner region 

Food and wine

It’s not hard to find delicious food in Kvarner. The food is always very fresh and locally sourced with olives, grapes and vegetables grown on the islands, and fishermen bringing freshly caught seafood into the harbours each morning. The local cuisine includes seafood, pasta and other Italian or Mediterranean style dishes. Some of the best Croatian wine is made on Krk, so make sure you order Zlahtina wine when you’re in Kvarner. Local specialities you must try are Kvarner Bay scampi, locally grown asparagus, chestnuts cherries and Istrian truffles.