Found in the northern Adriatic, Kvarner Bay holds within it a wealth of Croatian islands, both large and small. Also known as the Kvarner Gulf, this bright blue body of water draws people from around the world to explore the wonders hidden within.
People have been drawn to this region throughout history. Kvarner is much deeper than the surrounding seas, giving easy access to even the innermost reaches of the bay. The narrow channels between the islands maintain their depth, giving ships a safe berth for travel.
Many of Croatia’s largest islands are tucked into this bay, some of the most prominent being Krk, Cres, and Pag. These mild, favorable destinations have become popular with visitors from around the world.
The many islands of Kvarner Bay each have fascinating destinations to explore. Krk Island is home to several beautiful old cities, especially Vrbnik. The beaches here are incredible, especially in the Baska region. Cres’s Mali Bok makes for a stellar day trip.
Rijeka in the far north of the bay, is awash with gorgeous architecture. The Trsat Castle is not to be missed!
Take a bus or rent a car to get to the shore of Kvarner Bay. The large cities of Rijeka and Pula are great jumping off points to the many islands within the bay. Ferry from one to the other, it’s inexpensive and exciting!