The Kvarner gulf and coast have been a summer playstation since the Austro-Hungarian empire. From Rijeka, a motorway runs north to Zagreb and beyond, making the Kvarner the easiest coast to reach from Central Europe. With high mountains protecting the coast from the harsh northern winds, the Gulf of Kvarner has a relatively mild climate even in spring and fall. Administratively, the Kvarner is known as the Primorsko-Garanska region.
Cres-- The least developed island in Kvarner and a paradise for nature-lovers.
Crikvenica--Spa-city on the Kvarner coast.
Losinj--The scenic port and coves of Mali Losinj and Veli Losinj are bustling with visitors in summer.
Lovran--A little nest of narrow streets makes this town particularly picturesque.
Novi Vinodolski--a coastal resort with a charming old town on a hill.
Opatija-- Geographically Istrian but administratively in the Kvarner region, the Austrian nobility built villas here and bathed from a 12km long seaside promenade.
Rijeka--It's a busy port and the major transport hub for the region
Getting to Kvarner
There's a catamaran connecting Mali Losinj with Venice from May to October. Local Jadrolinija passenger ferries connect Rijeka with Rab and Pag and local ferries shuttle cars from the mainland to Krk, Cres and Rab.
Jadrolinija local ferries connect the islands with each other and with the mainland. The connection between Valbiska, Krk and Lopar, Rab is particularly useful. Rapska Plovidba connects Rab with the mainland and with Pag island.
There are several trains a day between Rijeka and Zagreb. See the schedules and prices.
The motorway running from Zagreb to Rijeka makes access easy. See my driving distance chart to plan your trip.