The Crikvenica riviera

In one of the most picturesque quarters of Kvarner lies the beautiful Riviera of Crikvenica. They call it the Riviera of health retreats, of marathons, of love... Whatever name you choose for it – it is that and so much more.

The Crikvenica Riviera lies in the embrace of the blue, clear sea and the green outback of Vinodol. It is graced with a healthy and mild climate, beautiful nature and rich cultural and historical heritage. The ideal destination for socializing with friends, holidaying with your family, enjoying an active vacation on the move or relaxing on the beach. The heart of the Riviera is Crikvenica, the proud owner of the most beautiful beach on the Adriatic Coast. The vibrant Selce captures the traditional, the charming Jadranovo wins with its untouched nature, while Dramalj explains why the stars here shine brighter and the music rings with more melody.

The Crikvenica Riviera is a storyteller of sorts – it has a rich history to feed the imagination, its city squares and street corners transform into open-space theatre sets, its gastronomy highlights both the traditional and the modern, a combination of the unique tastes of the Mediterranean and the infallible drop of Vinodol wine. The Riviera challenges its fitness, health and recreation enthusiast visitors with superb offers. If you get tired, take a break and relax in the warm embrace of the sea.

The destination itself is full of experiences, leaving only a little time for idle moments. For over 130 years the natural healing components of the Riviera of Crikvenica have worked to reveal a unique formula for good health - here the healthy sea air blends with the fresh mountain air only to enhance the scents of local aromatic herbs and sea salt drops. Whether you measure your love story in days, weeks, months or years, you will enjoy walking through the Love Path, exploring Crikvenica’s 10 Kissing Spots, walking through the Mediterranean labyrinth of love ... Here you will also find that special attention is directed toward pets, your friendly companions. So don’t be surprised if you see a mut enjoying his very own doggy pint on the beach or feasting on some beach cake.

In an area where the sun blissfully loves the sea, where tiny drops of well-being spring from all around, it is easy to forget the time and let yourself go to a tide of positive energy. When you are in need of a bluegreen hug, some nourishment for both body and soul, yearning for closeness to nature, the Crikvenica Riviera awaits as your most trusted friend, the one you are always happy to reunite with.

ACTIVE HOLIDAYS & YEAR-ROUND HEALTH

Wondering what time of year is best to visit the Crikvenica Riviera, or what the best time is for your favourite outdoor activities? In a nutshell: all year round! It's been proven that the climatic conditions for outdoor activities are perfect hear nearly the entire length of the year. Even in the coldest winder months, it is brisk or cool around 20% of the time, which means you don't have to give up on your morning seaside jog, afternoon bike ride, or evening stroll. Crikvenica is one of the sunniest parts of Croatia, and weather measurements show that both its seawater and drinking water are of excellent quality.

The mild Mediterranean climate and the local microclimate, the mixture of clean sea and mountain air, the warm sun, the healing sea aerosols, the aromatic herbs – these are just some of the benefits that will strengthen your body and soul. These natural health factors have been helping people prevent, treat, and recover from various illnesses and improve their quality of life for centuries. Thanks to this, the Crikvenica Riviera began developing its health tourism tradition way back in the 19th century. In 2018, Crikvenica victoriously celebrated its 130 years of organised tourism as it was named the most successful health tourism destination in Croatia. This is greatly because of its worldclass health experts and eminent health institutions. The longest-running and biggest of these is Thalassotherapia Crikvenica, specialised for respiratory and physical rehabilitation. Among other things, it offers a modern medical rehabilitation centre, accommodation and congress space, organised teaching for children staying for treatment, and a park for open-air rehabilitation. The complex also features the Oxy Baromedicine Clinic. The Terme Selce Clinic has long combined health and sports; it features a specially designed medical programme that has provided care for more than 150 European, international, and Olympic champions in 30 different sports (Ivica and Janica Kostelić, Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, Tanja Poutiainen, and many others). Katunar Clinic in Crikvenica offers a tourist clinic and high-quality specialist services. Crikvenica also features many dentist's and specialist offices, which offer high-quality service in accordance with the newest trends.

Healthy living is also a part of many events, such as cycling, swimming, and running marathons, regattas, or the Oily Fish Week and Fisherman's Week gourmet events. This is the best part – the Riviera is located on the coast, but it is close enough to the mountains that, within a half hour of relaxing on the beach, diving, sailing, or swimming, you can be soaking in the peace and quiet of the forest while sampling delicacies made with local healing herbs. The Crikvenica Riviera, Novi Vinodolski, and the municipality of Vinodol have more than 300 km of various hiking trails, and just as many cycling trails. The names "Riviera of Health" and "Town of Marathons" only affirm what many knew more than a hundred years ago – Crikvenica is ideal for the health of all generations and paradise for professional and amateur athletes alike.

More than 250 events per year

Did you know that the Crikvenica Riviera has more than 250 events per year? Fun here isn’t reserved just for summer – every season has its own charms. Winter is warmer with charming Advent events, boisterious Carnival days, and the romantic atmosphere of Valentine’s Day. The awakening of nature in spring is even more beautiful alongside a traditional Easter sweet roll and the scents and flavours of the Strawberry Festival or Oily Fish Week. The Crikvenica cross country cycling marathon opens the marathon season – let’s not forget, Crikvenica is known as a town of marathons. Interesting educational, creative, and entertaining workshops at various events allow every visitor to actively participate. The summer days bring fun to beaches along the Riviera, where you can enjoy fishing, sailing, or a game of bocce with your hosts. The warm, starlit evenings are made even more enjoyable by Melodies on the Seaside, Musical Summer Evenings, traditional evenings of klapa a cappella singing, and numerous concerts and plays.

The (Sr)etno Selce ethno festival, Tourism Days, and Fisherman’s Week are connected through rich tradition, just like the Šilo- Crikvenica Swimming Marathon, the oldest swimming marathon on the Adriatic, or the Jakovarska vesla rowing competition, which will awaken your sporting spirit. The unusual, endlessly entertaining street performers at CrikvArt will bring you back to your childhood. Of course, in this pet-friendly destination, pets even have their own event – Crikvenica 4 Pets. The warm colours of autumn make the perfect backdrop to the Feast Day of St. Martin and the Adria Advent Marathon, which is the perfect introduction to one of the most beautiful seasons. Of course, we haven’t given away all the tricks we have up our sleeve – it’s up to you to explore our Riviera and enjoy every moment.  

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