Kvarner is a region blessed with enchanting scenic contrast, shouldered on one side by the Adriatic and on the other by mountains. The lush forests of this region mark the beginning of a natural diversity, which flows eastwards down the coast into neighbouring Lika and the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Today Opatija and Lovran are open to everyone, occupying an idyllic place on the sheltered coastline of Kvarner's Gulf, which is also home to the popular summer islands of Krk and Rab, and within easy driving distance of the region's busy metropolitan capital Rijeka.
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Image a magical, sun-kissed coastline, dotted with islands and medieval towns. Imagine an unspoilt landscape of craggy, limestone cliffs and sparkling, sapphire lakes.
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There's more to Croatia than just the beaches and islands of the Dalmatian coast, as this fascinating five-day self-drive so neatly demonstrates.
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The Opatija region's initial success as a holiday destination for the Viennese elite is in part down to the area's pleasant year-round Mediterranean climate. Many of the town's grand residences now accommodate luxurious hotels, maintaining a connection to its illustrious past.
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