The province of Kvarner is most notable for its offshore islands and coastal towns. The most popular holiday destinations in Kvarner are the islands of Krk, Rab, Cres, and Losinj. On the islands visitors will find resorts, fishing villages, beautiful beaches, historic towns, and more. The islands, for the most part, have a mild climate, which regularly attracts tourists from all over Croatia and Europe. During the summer months the islands of Kvarner are very busy but this is also when towns hold most of their annual festivals and events.In the northern interior of Kvarner is Risnjak National Park with some unique geological formations and beautiful forested country. The park offers skiing opportunities in the winter and hiking trails during the summer. The main city on mainland Kvarner is Rijeka, along the northern coast.
Rab Island is regarded as the highlight of the Kvarner Islands, with beautiful beaches, mild climate, and attractions. The scenery is a mix of rugged, barren terrain, and peaceful green areas, along side beaches.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
The beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of Croatia's biggest inland tourist attractions. The park, in the Lika region, contains a series of waterfalls which link the 16 turquoise color lakes between Mala Kapela and Pljesevica Mountains.A trail with walking bridges follows the lakes and rivers. There is a well established route which begins at Labudovac Falls, which receives water from the highest of the lakes, Proscansko Jezero. From this point you can do a walk, boat ride combination which will take you past falls, streams and lakes, to the lowest Lake, Kaluderovac. There are national park buses which drop visitors at the top and pick up at the bottom, returning people back to the park entrance. This complete trip takes about six hours.There are lots of walking opportunities in the park, as well as accommodation for those who want to spend a few days. The busiest time for the park is summer. In winter the park receives snow and in January and December the lakes may be covered in ice.
Krk Island is home to lovely beaches and popular resort towns, including the town of Baska.
Senj is located along the Adriatic Coast, and is primarily known as a jumping off point for the island of Krk, with ferry service to the town of Baska, and also the island of Rab. The town of Senj is affected by the cold bura winds making it one of the cold spots along the coast. It is not known for being a popular holiday destination but the town's long history has left a number of interesting monuments. The Nehaj Castle, set above the town, was built in the early 16th Century and now contains the Uskoks Museum on the first floor. On the main square of Cilnica is the 14th Century Frankopan Palace. Near the palace is the Cathedral of St Mary (Sv Marija). Also of note is the Vukasovic Palace, which is now home to the Museum of Senj (Gradski Muzej Senj) and covers the history of the local area.
The small town of Jablanac is situated on a deep cove across from the island of Rab, to which ferries run regularly. Jablanac is a beautiful little place with a nice harbor, old buildings, and some ruins in the nearby area. It is also a good base from which to explore the Velebit massif.The history of Jablanac dates to the 12th Century. Ruins of a fortified town or castle from the 13th Century can be found not far from the port. The Church of St Nicholas was first established in Jablanac in the 12th Century although much of what visitors see today dates from the 16th or 18th Centuries. There are also a number of older houses along the harbor, which is a nice area for walking.