Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Rijeka

Trsat Castle

High on a hill above the city, this semiruined 13th-century fortress offers magnificent vistas from its bastions and ramparts, looking down the Rječina River valley to the docks, the Adriatic and the distant island …
Top Choice Beach in Lopar

Paradise Beach

One of Croatia's finest beaches, this sickle of fine sand hems Lopar's southern flank and is the biggest attraction in these parts. Backed by all sorts of attractions – from minigolf to ice-cream parlours – this is …
Museum in Opatija

Croatian Museum of Tourism

Spread between three historic buildings, this excellent museum houses a permanent collection of old photographs, postcards, brochures and posters tracing the history of tourism, and there’s always a well-presented t…
Church in Baška

St Lucy's Church

More than just a village church, little St Lucy's was the site of one of the most important cultural discoveries in Croatia – the 11th-century Baška tablet – which was found in the floor of the church in 1851. Writt…
Church in Rijeka

Our Lady of Trsat Church

According to legend, the angels carrying the house of Jesus' mother from Nazareth rested here in the late 13th century before moving it to Loreto across the Adriatic in Le Marche. Pilgrims started trickling into the…
Monastery in Punat

Košljun Franciscan Monastery

The tiny island of Košljun contains a 16th-century Franciscan monastery built on the site of a 12th-century Benedictine abbey. Taxi boats wait on the Punat harbourside, ready to shuttle people across to the island (…
Museum in Mali Lošinj

Fritzy Palace

The largest branch of the three-headed Lošinj Museum (the others are in Osor and Veli Lošinj), this grand mansion houses a trio of distinct collections: a moderately interesting set of mainly 17th- and 18th-century …
Museum in Kvarner

Nikola Tesla Memorial Centre

It's extraordinary to think that one of the greatest minds of the modern world originated from such a peaceful and obscure place as the tiny village of Smiljan, 5km west of Gospić. Yet it was here that Nikola Tesla …
Waterfront in Opatija

Lungomare

Lined with majestic villas and ample gardens, this wonderful path (more formally known as the Franz Joseph I Promenade) is a people-watcher’s dream and stroller’s delight. It winds along the coast, past villa after …
Village in Opatija

Volosko

The former village of Volosko on the northern edge of Opatija is one of the prettiest places on this coastline and still maintains a local ambience. It’s very scenic indeed – men repair fishing nets in the tiny harb…