The only activity on the minds of many visitors is an occasional wander from towel to water, but there's plenty to occupy those in need of a little more. Cycling is always a possibility, especially on the islands, while hiking trails buck and weave through the mountains in Risnjak National Park and Učka Nature Park.
Cycling the Kvarner
The Kvarner region offers a variety of options for biking enthusiasts, from gentle rides to heart-pumping climbs on steep island roads. There are several trails around Opatija: two easier paths depart from Mt Kastav (360m), while a challenging 4½-hour adventure goes from Lovran to Učka Nature Park. Lošinj offers a moderately difficult 2½-hour route that starts and ends in Mali Lošinj. On Krk, a leisurely two-hour ride from Krk Town shows you the meadows, fields and hamlets of the island’s little-visited interior. A biking route from Rab Town explores the virgin forests of the Kalifront Peninsula. On Cres, a 50km trail takes you from the marina at Cres Town past the medieval hilltop village of Lubenice and the seaside gem of Valun.
For details of these itineraries, ask at any tourist office for the Kvarner by Bicycle brochure, which outlines 19 routes across the region. The websites www.kvarner.hr and www.pedala.hr both have details of rides in this region.
As a major tourist destination, Kvarner Bay has the full range of accommodation: from swanky hotels in Opatija to beach campsites on the many islands, business hotels in Rijeka, and private apartments almost everywhere. Things fill up during July and August, but not as much as you might expect on the harder-to-reach islands.
Krk produces excellent olive oil, and the village of Volosko near Opatija has become something of a gourmet hot spot in recent years. Otherwise, seafood and Italian fare dominate most menus in these parts. Some restaurants on the islands close over winter.