Kvarner Bay is located between the two peninsulas of Istria and Dalmatia in northern Croatia. It encompasses the Opatija Riviera on Istria's eastern coast, the coast at the foot of the Velebit massif, the mountains of Gorski Kotar, and the islands in the Kvarner Gulf.
The first seaside resorts and spas were created on the Riviera in the 19th century for the Austrian Danubian nobility, who knew how to enjoy the Mediterranean climate and the mild temperatures, especially in winter. Some of the luxury hotels and villas with urbane seaside architecture still bear witness to this period.
Opatija, the oldest and most renowned spa resort, with beautiful parks, villas and its 7.5 mile promenade along the beach, and Rijeka, a cultural centre, and university and industrial town, are among the most popular destinations in the area today.
The bay is full of small coastal communities worth visiting, most of which are highly developed in terms of tourism. The many islands, both inhabited and not, also add to the special charm of this region. They are especially known for being holiday and diving destinations thanks to their many small coves, their modern ports able to accommodate yachts, their beaches, and good weather conditions throughout the year. Each of these islands is different and beautiful in its own way.What is different about holidaying in Kvarner Bay is the unusual range of activities available, including a large choice of well-being offers in the urbane resort towns of Opatija and Rijeka. For something more active, a pleasant bike tour is perfect for discovering a multitude of small coastal communities. Excursions to explore the various coves or islands of the Riviera are two other interesting options. You can try your hand at various water sports or for those seeking quiet and solitude, there's hiking in the lost mountains of Gorski Kotar in the backcountry or the national parks in the Velebit massif.