Kvarner Riviera

The Kvarner coast and its offshore islands are a microcosm of the many influences that have formed Croatian culture. Rijeka, Croatia's third largest city, owes its architecture to Hungary, which ruled the city in the late 19th century. The opening of a rail link to Vienna in 1857 made Opatija the resort of choice for the Austrian aristocracy. Venetian influence pervades the islands of Cres, Losinj and Rab, while Krk was the seat of Croatia's native nobility, the Frankopan dukes.

Attracted by it's mild climate and lush Mediterranean vegetation, nineteenth-century Vienna developed the area as the capital's winter resort and summer playground. The rich and famous - among them musicians, writers and European aristocrats - came to stroll along the seaside lungomare and dine in the sumptuous salons of its grand hotels and villas.

Opatija with a population of about 10,000 and lying about 14km west of Rijeka, Opatija is the grand dame of Croatian tourism.

Rijeka - is a transit post and with only one beach, it is not really a place to stay for your holiday.

Crikvenica - Some 32km southeast of Rijeka along the coast, one comes to Crikvenica.

Crikvenica rises from where sea air intermingles with that streaming down from the mountains.

Novi Vinodolski - town with a enviable cultural heritage. It was here that the Vinodol Codex, Croatia's oldest legal document was written.

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