Sailing holidays in Kvarner
…with catamaran, sailboat, motorboat, luxury yacht or gulet
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The Kvarner cuisine is reminiscent of the Istrian cuisine but is, however, not quite as heavy on the herbs. On the one hand fish and seafood are again dominate in the kitchen, and on the hand there are plenty of hearty-heavy stews, wild-games dishes and lamb. Typical dishes of Kvarner include, for example, squid salad and lamb roasted on spit complemented by sage and lavender, a wide variety of sun-ripened olives, wild berries and aromatic honey. In addition to chestnuts and snails, it is primarily its air-dried ham and a large variety of cheeses, which accounts for the specialties of the Kvarner cuisine. In the mountain regions and on the islands of the Kvarner bay there are ideal conditions for the production of these not surprisingly, wonderful dishes. Numerous goats give an aromatic milk, which is enriched with wild herbs. Here where you find the salt of the sea, the burning sun and the typical winds, you can find a large assortment of cheeses that blend perfectly with the smoked ham in the region and the local differences brandies.
Opatija’s ideal position at the juncture between sea and mainland is reflected in its gastronomy. Craetive menus mix continental and Mediterranean cuisine, which cannot be imagined without perfectly fresh local organic food. No wonder, then, that Opatija boasts some of the best restaurants on the Croatian Adriatic. Let us mention but a few of the famous local delicacies: the Kvarner lagostines (scampi), fresh from the Kvarner Gulf, wild asparagi, chestnuts and cherries fro Lovran, Istrian truffles.
Kvarner covers the area of the mythical Absytrus islands and has unforgettable rivieras: Opatija, Crikvenica, Vinodol and Rijeka. Asides for being famous as the celebrated elite summer destination of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the coastal Rijeka metropolis is also here. The Kvarner islands are, however, a totally different story. Called the Absytrus islands, after Medea’s brother Absytrus, the islands of Krk, Cres and Lošinj have a rich antique and medieval heritage. The Apoxiomen should definitely be mentioned here, a very famous bronze statue of an athlete found in 1999 in the sea near Lošinj, which was the work of the Greek sculptor Lizip from the 4th century B.C. The Baška tablet should also be mentioned, the first sculpted memorial of the Croatian language from 1100 found on the island of Krk.
Attractive sailing destinations:
Opatija is a destination with the longest tradition of Croatian tourism, a modern tourist city located in the Kvarner Bay, rich with cultural and entertainment events. It is a leading tourist destination in Croatia for the organization of congresses, seminars and conferences. Opatija attracts tourists from all over the world for more than 160 years. The lush vegetation and a pleasant climate are the main reasons for the origins of tourism and its rapid development in this city which is called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Visit various historical monuments and numerous churches (the church of St. James-the saint patron of Opatija, the parish church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Protestant church, the church of St. Ana, the parish church of St. Marc) and landmarks (Lungomare, old Austrian villas, villa Angiolina , St. James park, fountains Helios and Selena) which have made Opatija famous.
Enjoy the attractive sandy and pebble beaches, the most famous of which is the Slatina beach. Sports fans can enjoy the versatile sport offer. You can relax in the evening hours and take a walk through the parks and along beautiful seaside promenades, or visit one of countless restaurants and dance on their terraces, as well as savor the delicacies of this region.
Did you know? There is a statue of a girl with a seagull on the point, which symbolizes a hostess of a new type of tourism. The statue of the Madonna used to be in her place. It was placed there by the count’s family, in memory of a girl who drowned after seeing her beloved count Keddeldstadt being pulled to the depths by the raging sea. After 60 years the statue was overthrown by the strong southern wind. The statue was moved under the tree tops, next to the St. Jacob church where the girl prays for the soul of her count.
Island Krk is one of the largest islands in the Adriatic Sea. With its area of 405.78 km2 it is geographically the closest to Central Europe.
It is connected to the mainland by the 1,430 m long bridge called Krčki most, built in 1980. With its impressive construction it perfectly fits in the picturesque island landscape. Therefore the island of Krk is close, accessible, interesting, full of beautiful and historic tales, of interesting past that makes it magical and mysterious but also most visited!
You can explore this Golden Island (as it used to be called in ancient times) in all seasons. It is particularly advisable to come in spring when the nature awakes and seduces you with the aromas of medicinal herbs or in autumn when you can still bathe in the sea, the smell of freshly picked grapes prevails and the olive groves are full of golden olives. Island settlements hide a thousand- yea r- old cultural monuments, churches, museums, galleries. Each historic period has left traces in the way of life and in the island culture and language.
Island towns are therefore little oases of rich heritage of natural, cultural, historic and spiritual values whose remains are visited by more and more tourists.
For nature lovers, the island of Krk offers various possibilities: walks along the romantic paths by the sea or along the wild rocky shepherds’ paths o ffering splendid views of the nearby hills or islands in Kvarner Bay: Rab, Cres and Lošinj. One can enjoy the tastes of renowned Krk cuisine, exquisite wine Vrbnièka žlahtina and unique sparkling wine Valomet. Of course, there are also products based on vi rgin olive oil.
Take advantage of the island as a whole, its rich and varied possibilities of accommodation, its touristic, cultural, wellness, outdoor and gastronomic offer.
The Island of Lošinj is part of the Cres-Lošinj island group, the largest island group on the Croatian Adriatic.
The therapeutic effect of the sea and herbs, sport and recreation, mountain climbing, walking in nature, a rich history and of course comfortable accommodation, excellent cuisine and kind hosts make Lošinj the ideal place during all parts of the year.
Lošinj will impress you with its numerous churches and works of art. The most impressive is the antic bronze statue of the Greek athlete Apoxyomenos in his natural size, found in the waters of Lošinj, approximately 2000 years old, which will be exhibited in Lošinj in 2010.
Discover and experience the magic of this unique island which has enchanted its visitors year after year.
Mali Lošinj is the largest town on the island and the Adriatic islands, and with 7 000 inhabitants the biggest island town in the Adriatic. It is a significant nautical port because it is located on a sea faring route between Istria and Dalmatia, and is one of the main tourist and maritime centres in the Croatian Adriatic.
The healthy effects of the island’s climate, the warm sea, beautiful bays and excellent infrastructure mean that is ranked as one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. The very clean and aromatic air has healing effects on the respiratory system, so visitors like to stay here throughout the year.
In the islands fragrant gardens, visitors can learn about the rich flora of the island, and there are several attractive promenades that go through the forest park Čikat. Lošinj’s Apoksiomen, a bronze statue from 1 to 2 B.C. was found in the sea near Lošinj and by the end of 2011 it will be permanently exhibited in the museum at Kvarner Palace.
One of the most beautiful, most sunny and cleanest beaches in Mali Losinj is Sunčana uvala, which has a pine wood beside it where you can find hotels, and beautiful walking and jogging trails. Lošinj archipelago is famous for its dolphins who like to live here, and you can even “adopt” one.
Island Cres has been inhabited since the Neolithic age. Life on the island has left a rich historical and cultural heritage. The island was declared a first “Eco – island” of Europe. In the village of Beli, there is an eco-center “Caput Insulae”, whose main task is to care for the survival of endangered griffon vulture. The island stretches through the whole Kvarner Bay to the south, its characteristic
feature is heavily forested northern part and the rocky coast, olive groves and vineyards in the middle part, and Mediterranean vegetation and with pebble beaches and beautiful coves in the south. Cres is the capital of the island – the ancient port town on the western coast surrounded by small hills. Inside the former Old City walls is a labyrinth of streets with historic houses, which take up the doorways, windows and coats of arms of the former owners. Cafes and restaurants are concentrated mainly around the old harbor promenade. The resort offers excellent conditions for a variety of sport activities- biking, hiking, jogging, clean water suitable for diving, sea fishing, windsurfing, sailing. Cres bay is cut deeply into the mainland and therefore well protected from winds. It is situated between Križice horn and kovačine horn. From the one side of the bay there is town Cres and from the other you’ll find well equipped marina, a modern heaven for boaters. Just on the other side of marina which can be reached by bike too, there is Dražica bay with it’s sunbathing half concrete beach. Nearby hotel Kimen there is a beach sorrounded by pine trees witch makes it a shady and pebble beach. The beach is facing west and sunset and it has all the necessary infastructure: showers, sunbeds, scuba diving, kids playground in the sand, bar, restaurant. Behind cape Kovačine, covered with olive trees, there is a campsite Kovačine known for it’s beautiful pebble and well equipped beach facing west, therefore always sunny one.
Nearby the campsite you’ll find Gavza bay. The bay is covered with Mediterranean plants and it has easy access to the sea.
Madly popular, Rab (Arbe in Italian) has some of the most diverse landscapes in the Kvarner region, leading to its declaration as a Geopark in 2008. The more densely populated southwest coast has pine forests and beaches, while the northeast coast is a windswept region with few settlements, high cliffs and a barren look. In the interior, fertile land is protected from cold winds by mountains, allowing the cultivation of olives, grapes and vegetables. The Lopar Peninsula offers the best sandy beaches.
The cultural and historical highlight of the island is enchanting Rab Town, characterised by four elegant bell towers rising from the ancient stone streets. Even at the peak of the summer season, when the island is overrun with visitors, you still get a sense of discovery wandering its old quarter and escaping to nearly deserted beaches just a quick boat ride away.
Rab island covers an area of 90.48 square km, is one of the greenest islands in the Adriatic and probably one of the most magical. It is covered with pine forests and has beautiful sandy beaches, and is well known for its mild climate that differs from the mainland. The reason for this particular climate is because three ridges are present which protect the island from cold winds that descend from the Velebit mountains.
With 30 sandy beaches Rab is a really Happy island with a lot of tiny, picturesque coves, recognised by tourists from all over the world almost 125 years ago, to this day, due to the crystal clear, warm and shallow sea, great for the entire family. Everyone can find their own private beach on Rab based on their preference: there are naturist beaches, solitary coves, beaches for dogs and beaches for single people looking for a bit of…love.
Crikvenica is a town with a hundred-year-old tourist tradition. It is located in the Kvarner bay of the Adriatic Sea – the most beautiful part of the Croatin littoral. The entire town is actually a Riviera with a series of almost connected urban places. It was named after the church of the Pauline monastery founded by Nikola Frankopan in 1412 on the delta of Dubracina. Numerous historical monuments and remains testify about the turbulent past of this town. Historical sites enthusiasts can visit the Pauline monastery ( it holds all of the valuable historical belongings of Crikvenica), Tos ( an old mill used for making and processing olive oil), Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Antun church, Memorial studio of Zvonko Car and the town museum of Crikvenica. Numerous happenings and manifestations take place during summer, as well as concerts, fashion shows, exhibitions, traditional festivities. The fun starts in the early morning hours on one of many beautiful sandy beaches and continues in countless disco clubs. Sports and active vacation enthusiasts can enjoy cycling, mini golf, table tennis, sailing, football, bowling,paintball, hiking, handball, basketball, beach volleyball, jet-ski, water skiing, paragliding, diving, swimming and many other activities. You can go on one-day trips to Krk, Kosljun, Vrbnik, Klimno, Kacjak, Biserujka cave on the island of Krk, as well as the island of Rab. If you are a gastronomy enthusiast and want to savor the delicacies of this region, as well as the Istrian cuisine, you have numerous restaurants and taverns at your disposal. Visit the restaurants “Galija”, “Bodulka”, “Ribica”, taverns “Mare”, “Dispet” and “Amfora”.
Marinas and Bases
ACI marina Cres
ACI marina Opatija
ACI marina Rab
ACI marina Supetarska Draga
Y/C Mali Lošinj
Crikvenica city Port
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Nautical adventure guidebook
- Visit the Fair of Rab in July, the three-day medieval annual fair where inhabitants of the Rab Island revive their rich and famous history.
- When on the northern side of the Rab Island, be sure to also stop at the well-known paradise beach of Lopar.
- Do not overlook the town of Rijeka, which offers a rich range of cultural and historical sites, churches, temples and museums.
- History enthusiasts should also visit Cres Island, where the streets full of renaissance palaces of noble families, remains of ancient cities and early Christian Church describe life in past times.
- All water sports enthusiasts should visit the “gold” Krk Island with the Krk Sports and Recreational Centre.
- If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the dolphins, a protected species due to their rarity, when navigating between the smaller islands from Cres to Lošinj.
- Nature enthusiasts should visit Susak Island, where asphalt roads and automobiles are nowhere to be seen. The island is famous for its extremely clear sea, sandy beaches and incredible biodiversity.