Welcome to the Kvarner Region, the comfortable climate region where you can enjoy nature and culture, and much more, all year-round – Croatia’s best kept secret!
It is a great pleasure to be your hosts during the 81 SKÅL International World Congress in Kvarner Region – in Rijeka, European Capital of Culture and Opatija, the Cradle of Croatian tourism. The Kvarner region offers the unique combination of a stunning coast, islands and inland highland area plus an excellent geographical location. These features were described by the ancient Romans in the name Qu(te)rnarius, which implied the meeting point of the four places where various traditions and cultures came together.
Today, Kvarner is the tourism brand name for the County of Primorje-Gorski kotar and encompasses the coastal areas of Opatija, Rijeka, Crikvenica and the islands of Krk, Rab, Cres and Lošinj alongside the mountainous hinterland. This is the region where Croatian tourism started as early as the 19th century with the opening of the Grand Hotel Kvarner in Opatija which was the first hotel on the eastern Adriatic Sea.
The facilities in our region are extensive and of high quality: we have beautiful 5* hotels in many styles from boutique and eclectic to grand elegance. A wide range of luxury yachts, sailing boats and motor boats is available for visitors, there are stylish villas, both in the countryside and on the coast, surrounded by pristine natural environment. As a result of so much choice, the Kvarner region is acknowledged as a well established and worthy tourist destination.
Diversity is beautiful is the motto of the region, and it stands for a wealth of distinct locations which are offered to our visitors - lovers of the great outdoors - and are regularly praised. The coast, the islands and the mountains provide for a variety and a great experience of nature – from walking, hiking and cycling to playing tennis, swimming in the sea, enjoyable daytrips, historical sightseeing tours and cultural events. In addition, Kvarner Region boasts a particularly beneficial climate – simply breathing the sea air, and the fragrances of aromatic plants and green forests will essentially invigorate the body and the mind. Kvarner Region, as a tourist destination, is also well known for its superb Mediterranean cuisine, excellent wine, natural and cultural heritage together with a long tradition of health tourism.
Due to the comfortable climate, the season for all sort of activities on the Kvarner Region does not stop even during the winter months.
So, during your stay in Opatija and Rijeka enjoy our excellent local food and wine, experience the beauty of one of Opatija’s most beautiful parks, acquaint yourself with the local history while you walk along the picturesque paths, do not forget to breath and I hope that you will see for yourself why our whole Kvarner region is also called “the vintage Mediterranean”.
I am sure we will, all together, have another productive SKÅL world congress. While doing business among friends, enjoy your stay, take back home wonderful memories to treasure...and visit again!
Irena Peršić Živadinov, Ph.D.
Skål Club Kvarner