Protected by three separate mountain ranges, and nestled within the Adriatic sea, the Kvarner Gulf and Islands enjoys a mild, Mediterranean climate that creates diverse flora all over. Some deforestation has made the bulk of certain islands rather barren, but that’s the one knock on an otherwise incredible region for vacation.The Plitvice Lakes are also in this area, and should be seen by any traveler as they are a once-in-a-lifetime sight.
The most popular islands to visit in the Kvarner gulf are:
Krk: The biggest island in the Adriatic sea has the physical space to offer a boatload of activities and adventures. Those looking for a Mediterranean atmosphere will find Krk easily accessible by a bridge that connects it to the mainland. Perfect for a summer getaway, Krk offers some of the best nightclubs in the Kvarner Islands, as well as pristine beaches for recovering during the day. Also, the City of Krk is home to the third largest set of defense walls in Croatia, two thousands years old and truly a sight to behold.
Rab: Rab Town is the cultural and tourist center of Rab, with four historic bell towers and a quaint old-world feel, Rab Town is bustling all summer long. Rab was declared a geopark in 2008 due to its diverse set of landscapes. Offering beaches, cliffs, fertile fields (complete with olives, grapes, and vegetables) and more - Rab clearly has something for everyone.
Mali Losinj: The journey to Losinj can be a difficult one complete with planes, trains, and automobiles - but it is worth it. 19th century scientist Ambroz Haracic claimed Losinj was the healthiest area in the Austro-Hungarian empire. The youthful, healthy glow of the locals proves that life on Losinj is like paradise on Earth. With spas and therapy stations galore, as well as outdoor activities like swimming and cycling, Losinj is ideal for those seeking relaxation.
FlipKey has over 1000 rentals available on the Kvarner Islands in Croatia. Some are extravagant mansions, others are affordable diamonds in the rough, but all of them will allow you to see Croatia as a local, on-the-ground and in the heart of it all. Vacation rentals offer travelers the space, privacy, and amenities of home while you’re abroad. Chances are you can find a vacation rental in the Kvarner Islands for much cheaper, and closer to the action, than a traditional hotel.