On the Kvarner coast, with Krk Island just across a narrow strip of sea, Crikvenica is ideally located for a total resort experience. Wellness has been the watchword of Crikvenica ever since 1890 when the first spa-hotel was built to accommodate vacationing Austrians. That hotel is now the majestic Kvaner Palace which is still one of the finest wellness centres on the coast.
Crikvenica's reputation for healing energy inspired the construction of many other hotels over the years in a Crikvenica Riviera that stretches from Jadranovo in the north to Selce in the south. A shoreside promenade connects the coastal towns. Seniors are regular guests of the Thalassotherapy centre and there are plenty of public beaches for kids to romp around. Beaches are gravelly though!
For an unforgetable thrill, try Crikvenica's new zip line over the sea, opened in 2016 and already a hit. It's the first of its kind in Europe and offers a birds-eye view of the beautiful Kacjak peninsula from a height of 500 metres.
With its bevy of shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants, Crikvenica is not a place to commune with nature. Just a short distance northeast of town however, the forested hills rise over the sea which makes a nice outing for hikers.
Guesthouse in Crikvenica
At the end of June, Frankopan Days is an elaborate medieval fair with costumes, archery, traditional craft exhibitions, entertainers and musicians, all to evoke how people lived and partied in the Middle Ages. More from the Crikvenica tourist office.
Fisherman's Week is a fun traditional festival that takes place at the end of August. Celebrating the town's tradition of fishing, there are concerts, theatre, sports competitions and local food on offer. More from the Crikvenica tourist office.
The tourist office (tel 051-241 051) is at Trg Stjepana Radica 1
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