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The close vicinity of the main emitting markets and accessibility by land, sea and air, place Kvarner among the tourist destinations with an exceptionally favourable geographical position. The coastal region, islands and mountains – three natural but very different regions at a relatively small distance from each other, make the Kvarner tourist offer diverse and very different, while its fundamental characteristics are numerous and good quality tourist product segments which rest on a rich 162 year tradition hotel-tourist, historical and cultural tradition and heritage. That is why the diversity and richness of natural resources and cultural-historical heritage are undoubtedly a comparative advantage of Kvarner and together with numerous other content and tourist segments adapted to contemporary guests, it represents, not only a motive for tourist arrivals, but always constantly new tourist exploration, understanding and discovery.

The Kvarner region, Primorje-Gorski kotar County, encompasses 6.3 percent of the area of the Republic of Croatia and extends over 3,588 square kilometres. According to the last census in 2001 it had a population of 305,505 people. The seat of the Primorje-Gorski kotar County is Rijeka and in the County region there are 14 cities, 21 municipalities and 510 settlements. The authors of the Main tourist development plan for the Primorje-Gorski kotar County, on which voting is expected soon, has divided the Kvarner region into five segments: the islands Rab, Krk, Cres and Loinj, into two waterfront regions: Opatija and Crikvenica-Vinodol rivieras, followed by Rijeka and surrounding areas and the region of Gorski kotar.

Cycling tours and walking trails

The segment of tourist offers in cycling tours has developed intensively from the year 2000 when the megaproject “Spring cycling tour of the Bavarian radio and television on the Kvarner islands” was realised. Since then, up to the present day, the number of cycling trails and tours has been constantly on the increase and are encompassing a greater area of Kvarner – coastal areas, islands and mountains. This is evident even in the name of cycling trails, among which are: Old cities of Liburnia, Trails of the zvončari (bell ringers), Mountain tour above the Opatija riviera, Kastav region, Eye of the spring Piječine, Hinterland of the Crikvenica Riviera, Vinodol region, Frankopan kaštels (castles), Lošinj and Cres, In the empire of the Griffon vulture, Trails of the Krk shepherds and field workers, Kalifronta and Lopar on Rab, Great tour of Gorskin kotar, Gorski kotar lakes, Intimate trail and others.

Winter programme

The close vicinity of the sea and mountains, that is coastal region and island on the one side and the mountains on the other, allows Kvarner to also offer guests a typical white-winter tourist offer. Hotel pools with warm sea water on the coast and snow in Gorski Kotar which is only about twenty to thirty kilometres away are a special characteristic of this tourist offer. The closest ski resort is on Platak which is 26 kilometres from Rijeka with ski slopes 9,000 metres in length – with four ski lifts and one two-seated ski-lift. In the Mrkopolje region, on the terrain Begova Razdolja there is a drag lift about 400 metres long and slopes about 1,000 metres in length.

Gastronomy offer

The diversity of the Kvarner area and tourist tradition significantly influenced the development and quality of gastronomy in which meals and specialties of coastal, island and Gorski kotar regions have become intertwined. These include the best quality species of fish, shells and shellfish, through to Gorski kotar and hunting specialties and specially represented local gastro offer in which dishes from specific regions come into their own.

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