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Published on : Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Croatia is well-known for giving birth to world-class tennis players. Hence, London’s Queen’s Club, which hosts one of the most prestigious grass tennis tournaments in the world, Wimbledon, was chosen to promote tourism in Croatia. Presentations by the Croatian Tourism Board introduced guests to the attractions of Kvarner, which is a beautiful region of Croatia.
Located in the northern corner of the Croatian Adriatic, in Kvarner, the Mediterranean touches the heart of Europe with mountains to the north, islands to the south, rocky coastline to the east and a large peninsula to the south. The rich cultural heritage of this place has been shaped by influences from the East and West. Its stunning landscape combined with numerous historical and cultural monuments and sites has made the place a chosen destination for all tourists regardless of age and interest. With its hidden beaches and coves, the region is ideal for those who prefer to be by the coast. You can swim, sail or go on a boat trip to view dolphins. The island of Cres is a particular delight with more than 120 wild plant species.
There are trekking options along with cycling tours amid spectacular views of mountain ranges descending into the sea below. For those who love challenges, there are mountaineering and sailing. Lovers of art and architecture will find much to admire in the city of Rijeka in the center of Kvarner: Art Nouveau, ornate Baroque and Venetian Gothic. The city has unique architectural gems designed by famous Viennese, Hungarian and Italian masters. There are many museums and galleries to visit.
Young folks looking for action and fun can visit Rijeka’s squares, bars, terraces and beach clubs to dance or immerse them in music.
In the world-famous Rijeka Carnival, bell ringers, representing messengers of spring, dressed in sheep’s wool and wearing masks, symbolically drive away the demons of winter. This annual event has gained reputation as one of the biggest carnivals in Europe. On such occasions, streets are packed with people dressed as nobles, peasants, artisans, fishermen and even witches from the past. The food and drink here is equally diverse. You can visit traditional tavernas where local hosts share freshly baked bread, goat’s cheese, olive oil, delicious seafood all served with fruity local wine. Regional specialties include scampi, crab, octopus and mussels grilled or cooked in delicate sauces with tomato, white wine and garlic. There are ward winning restaurants offering top quality international cuisine.
Kvarner region is easy to reach from any part of Europe. It is a short, two-hour flight from London. Visitors can drive there in just hours from Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Germany. It is served by four international airports. Once you have arrived getting around is very easy.