Primorje-Gorski Kotar County covers a large part of the Adriatic coast of Croatia surrounding the Kvarner Bay. There are numerous holiday resorts, such as Opatija, Lovran and Crikvenica. The region also includes the popular islands of Krk, Cres and Rab.
The region has a typical tourist character. Its coastal part is sheltered from the interior of the land and its more severe climate by high mountains. The beaches of the northern part of the coast are rocky and pebbly, mostly well developed. The coastline here is highly fragmented, full of small bays and headlands.
The Kvarner coast is full of smaller and larger holiday resorts. The most important of them is Opatija, which developed during the Austro-Hungarian Empire as an exclusive resort for the elite. Former holiday villas have survived to this day. Lovran is very picturesque, with a stone old town and narrow streets, while Crikvenica offers a wide selection of water sports.
Tourists arriving on the northern coast of Croatia are eager to choose a holiday on the islands. On the island of Krk you can find one of the few sandy beaches in the country, while Cres is considered the perfect place for lovers of nature and peaceful holidays away from the hustle and bustle. Rab and Losinj with small resorts lying in secluded coves are also very popular.
The capital of the Rijeka region is topped with buildings from the Habsburg era and one of the largest ports in Croatia. The main street of the city, Korzo is full of shops and restaurants, while in winter the city is enjoying one of the largest Croatian carnivals.