The Kvarner Islands lie in the northern reaches of the Adriatic Sea, found off the Kvarner Coast of Croatia. The islands are amazingly diverse, with geological features of amazing variety and size, from hidden, sand lined bays to long, open beaches, lush Mediterranean forests to sparsely covered limestone karsts. Whatever you decide to do in the Kvarner Islands, the delightful culture and glorious scenery will certainly have you returning to your Kvarner Island holiday rental year after year.
Walking holidays are particularly popular in the Kvarner Islands of Croatia. There are plentiful routes for walking through the Kvarner Islands, marked and well mapped. The red markers on a trail denote nature trails, varying between 5 and 10km of easy walking, taking in some of the most beautiful viewpoints as well as the most interesting and impressive natural, historical and cultural attractions in the Kvarner Islands.
However it is the sea that facilitates most tourist activities in the Kvarner Islands. The small islands, sheltered bays and reliable winds make the Kvarner Islands an absolute favourite for sailing holidays, and both boat hire and sailing lessons can be easily arranged from all the major islands. Snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing excursions are of the highest quality in the Kvarner Islands too.
Krk is the largest island in the Kvarner Islands. The rocky, mountainous landscapes of the island make it hugely popular with walkers and nature lovers, and the coastline is an absolute dream for sailors and beach lovers, especially around the Krk Marina area.
Rab is an island famous for its idyllic little towns, which hide among the pine forests that cover the island. The wonderfully mild climate is a huge attraction to Rab, whose beaches are a covered in soft sand and protected from the wind by three large ridges. The ancient city of Rab is well worth exploring from any villa in the Kvarner Islands due to its plethora of medieval buildings of note.
The island of Losinj is a hugely popular destination, with a great range of little rocky coves, each with charming villages tucked in below the skyline to avoid the bura winds. There are some fantastic little beaches to discover in Losinj, and every year, the island is host to the New Year’s Spearfishing Cup, which is great fun to watch. The dolphin reserve is also well worth exploring.
The tiny island of Unije is a wonderful little haven in the Adriatic. The many little bays are perfect for dropping anchor and enjoying completely deserted beaches, as well as diving, fishing and walking holidays.
It is the wonderfully mild climate of the Kvarner Islands that has created both the amazingly varied landscapes and the thriving tourist industry across the islands. During the summer, daily temperatures usually peak in the high 20’s (°C) and low 30’s, rising further during July and August.
Most of the Kvarner Islands are connected to the mainland by large road bridges, meaning that visitors can drive all the way from Pula Airport (PUY) (which receives a great range of direct flights from the UK with Ryanair and ThomsonFly). Some of the smaller islands are accessible only by boat though, and there are a great range of connecting ferry services operating all along the Kvarner Mainland.