Rijeka's surroundings - One of the best parts of staying in Rijeka is that it is so well connected and close to some of the most amazing parts of Croatia. A small town of Kastav is just a 15 minutes drive northeast of Rijeka. This Middle Ages town is famous for its old castle that housed nobility during the 16th and 17th centuries and charming Lokvine Square, containing many architectural treasures. On the other hand a beautiful coastal town of Opatija is less than half an hour drive from Rijeka City Center. Krk, the biggest Croatian island, is just a short ride over the bridge. Visit Vrbnik, a small medieval town set atop a limestone hill, standing dramatically above the Adriatic sea. The town is well know for its wine festival and Žlahtina, indigenous white wine from Vrbnik county. Make sure to add Baška on top of your list and find out why Krk is perceived as the cradle of Croatian culture. On top of that, you’ll find the best beaches on the island of Krk – from the popular tourist beaches in bigger towns such as Krk, Malinska and Omišalj, to those hidden beaches (Oprna Beach) that are located in smaller towns such as Stara Baška.
If you’re an outdoor lover, take a drive (less than an hour) to Risnjak National Park and try out its best known Leska Trail, which takes an intermediate two hours hike to complete or more challenging three hours long Veliki Risnjak trek. Two and half hours drive from Rijeka stand Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest national park in Croatia. With easy walking trails, stunning waterfalls, turquoise lakes and most amazing woods, Plitvice National Park is perfect for visitors of all ages.
Opatija is the center of a 30-kilometer-long riviera located between the green slopes of the Učka mountain and the blue sea. Whether you are touring the Riviera with an attractive winding road or a boat, you will be fascinated by the combination of tame landscaped places and untouched wildlife. For the most complete impression, there is the famous coastal promenade Lungomare, as long as 10 kilometers. To visit Opatija, and not to visit the Lungomare, is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. From the royal Opatija through the medieval fortified towns to the pastoral villages of Učka, you are only half an hour away from an attractive drive!
Grobnik & Čavle
A view worth admiring when you climb the historic Louisiana road to the Buzdohanj plateau from which you can see the Grobnik Alps. Sometimes they are gray, other times green or blue, but the people of Rijeka and their guests may prefer them when they are - snow white. It is a link to the slopes of Platak, a regional sports, recreation and tourist center, and in winter the ski resort is unique in that you ski while looking at the sea. From the lookout point of the City of Grobnik there is a beautiful view, and if that is not enough for us, we can go down to the Grobnik Airport and see all the beauty and splendor of the municipality of Čavle and beyond in one flight.
Bakar, 13 kilometres from Rijeka, is one of the oldest towns in the northern Adriatic and was granted the status of royal town by Maria Theresa in 1779. It was built like an amphitheatre on a hill and its historical nucleus was declared a cultural monument in 1968.
You will remember Bakar by its flavours as well - the famous sparkling wine “Bakarska vodica” made from a specific Beline vine grown on stone walls built by diligent farmer’s hands - dry stone walls, recently declared an ethno zone and entered in the cultural register. Another famous product is the Bakar “baškot”, a toasted or fresh baked product shaped in a circle that was taken on longer fishing trips.
Situated, as one poet said “ponad mora, kano soko” ("above the sea, like a hawk"), so similar and yet so different from other towns in this region, with its soul in a nest made of stone, it is large enough for everyone willing to experience it in its wholeness.
Kastav gives something to everyone and at the same time receives something in return. One who has listened once to the echo of their footsteps on the ancient cobblestone that many have walked before returns to it over and over again.
Kvarner Bay is a bay in north-eastern part of the Adriatic Sea between Istria and the Croatian coast. The largest islands in the Kvarner bay are Krk, Cres, Lošinj, Rab and Pag,while the smaller islands are Union, Susak, Ilovik, Plavnik, Prvić, Sv. Gregory, Goli otok etc
All together, these islands represent an extraordinary tourist value of the Kvarner region and provide an opportunity for a delightful stay, with quality service and a unique world of nature, customs and cultural heritage. Wonderful beaches are waiting for you on the islands and along the coast, many possibilities to practice sports on water and land as well as entertainment of your choice. Here you can enjoy in the crazy rhythm of clubs for the young.
Ski & Pleasure resort Platak
Only half an hour drive from the centre of Rijeka, there is a small family ski resort – Platak, unique for its unforgettable view of the sea. During the winter months it is possible to ski on Platak and then have lunch by the sea in the same day. Except in the winter season, Platak is a very popular destination all year round thanks to its numerous walking and hiking trails. After only few hours of walking along maintained and well-marked hiking trails you will see the peaks of Snježnik and Risnjak with their beautiful outlooks. Gravel roads at Platak are excellent for mountain biking or an easy walk through the nature, and the mountain houses are open during the whole year.
National park Plitvice Lake
Plitvice Lakes is the oldest and largest national park in the Republic of Croatia. The park is situated in the mountainous region of Croatia, between the Mala Kapela mountain range in the west and northwest, and the Lička Plješivica mountain range to the southeast.
With its exceptional natural beauty, this area has always attracted nature lovers, and already on 8 April 1949, it was proclaimed Croatia’s first national park. The process of tufa formation, which results in the building of the tufa, or travertine, barriers and resulted in the creation of the lakes, is the outstanding universal value, for which the Plitvice Lakes were internationally recognised on 26 October 1979 with their inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. Location
Risnjak National park
If you want to experience the National park not just by walking through the National park paths…
We suggest you take a mountain bike ride where you will surely enjoy the silence and odour of the forest. On the Risnjak National Park map are marked cycle tracks, from the shortest routes of 4.2 km up to the longest of 40 km.
If you would like to experience the park’s fauna more closely, especially the large animals, they have prepared special places for game observation for you. Come, listen and merge with the nature…
Fužine & Highlands
The highland riviera.
Fužine is the choice of lovers of nature and active vacations, and those who like to flee from overcrowded tourist spots in the summer but still want to enjoy easily accessible beaches. The Vrelo cave with its mountain spring, lake and abyss is the biggest attraction. As is usually the case, it was discovered by accident in the mid-20th century and because of the lay of the land, with no steps, it is the only tourist cave in Europe accessible to people with disabilities and suitable for children of all ages. You can take a boat, canoe or kayak across Bajer, and surfers love it because of the frequent wind.
Istria offers something for everyone and it doesn't matter if you prefer exquisite gourmet offer, exciting outdoor activities or culture, everyone will find something for themselves. The beautiful coastal part of Istria with numerous beaches and untouched inland with rich history are one of the reasons why Istria is your ideal destination to escape from everyday life with many possibilities for a relaxing vacation. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings.
Učka Nature park
Vojak is one of those places you absolutely must not miss. Here, at the highest peak of Učka and the Istrian peninsula you can enjoy the beauty of nature from the lookout - a tower built in 1911 with a view from all four sides. Učka is one of those mountains that ideally combine natural wealth and human activity which began as early as prehistoric times, as evidenced by material finds and archaeological sites.
Since the first climb by mountaineers from Rijeka in 1852, Učka has become interesting to everyone, not just scientists. It has become the favourite spot of alpinists, hikers and tourists on vacation in Opatija.
Riviera Crikvenica & Novi
The sun, fresh air, the scent of salt, and the green parks and promenades are just some of the reasons to visit the Crikvenica Riviera. You will be welcomed by a row of small charming coastal places: Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Dramalj, Jadranovo and Selce!
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