Kvarner derives its name from Latin word Quaternarius, as Romans used to call Kvaerner, "four heavenly directions" . Actually, they were right, because at this point of Europe, where the Adriatic Sea cuts deep into Continental Europe, four sides of the world meet, metaphorically speaking, but given its historical background and culture this region was always considered as the place where the East meets the West, or where Europe meets the Balkans. If you travel to Croatia, Kvarner welcomes you, with a dazzling natural environment, old traditions, festivals, restaurants and a wide-range of Kvarner hotels.
The first thing that strikes visitors when they travel to Kvarner, is its unique geographical structure. On this small portion of land and sea, there are three diverse geographical types that merge together, a coast which indents itself deep into European continent, numerous and attractive Croatian islands with unspoilt nature, and the highlands with dense forests and fresh mountain air. Here you will find wide-range of Kvarner accommodation, whether it is small hotel on the island of Krk or Cres, a Kvarner apartment near the beach or hotel in Plitvice Lakes National Park. There are also many Kvarner luxury hotels for those looking to splurge during their Croatia holiday.
All of the diverse cultural influences of Roman, Hellenic, Slav, German, Hungarian, along with its turbulent history which has left many traces behind going back to prehistoric, ancient and medieval times, created a melting pot of diverse cultural influences , which resulted in many Kvarner events and Kvarner festivals that are held throughout the whole year.
One of the events that stands out is Rijeka International Carnival, one of the five largest in the world and a symbol of this Croatian region and city of Rijeka. Kvarner's Carnival festivities that span through January and February are a particular mixture of the bourgeois carnival, mostly Venetian and Austrian and the ancient Slavs' folklore that dates back to Pagan antiquity. During this time of year, it's a good idea to book your Kvaner hotel or your Kvarner hostel ahead of time.
This Croatian region also prides itself for having the oldest tourist tradition in the whole of Croatia, which started in 1844, when the first hotel in Opatija was built as a part of an elite resort of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
There are many diverse Kvarner attractions that travellers can explore on one of our many Kvarner tours. From the famous Plitvice Lakes National Park, the picturesque towns and hidden villages of Kvarner islands, to the cosmopolitan character of this Mediterranean-Middle European towns of Rijeka and Opatija.
Since it beginnings, RI AK TOURS has endeavoured to offer unique experience to travellers, with an emphasis on unique characteristics of our region. We want to show travellers that our region has much more to offer than mere mass tourism services and with that in mind we promote local traditional festivities of Kvarner region which keep centuries old local culture intact and fresh, ready to be discovered and offer visitors a chance to connect with local people and to be culturally enriched. Through these activities, travellers are also promoting local arts and crafts, products, heritage and in the end, local businesses. Please don't hesitate to contact us as you plan your travel to Kvarner and feel free to ask for any recommendations about our listed hotels in Kvarner.
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