Interested in exploring the great outdoors in between sailing the seas? The Kvarner and Highlands area should be exactly what you are looking for!
The Kvarner Gulf is a part of the Adriatic Sea, located between the Istrian peninsula and the northern Croatian Littoral mainland. This is a beautiful region with tall mountains overlooking a picturesque archipelago.
Set in a privileged position on the north of the Adriatic coast, Kvarner is protected by three mountain ranges: The Velebit chain in the north east, the Gorski Kotar in the north and the Ucka mountain range to the west. Its clement climate has allowed the vegetation to become extremely diverse. With forests of oleander (rose) and chestnut tress growing alongside mandarins, kiwis and lemons. There are four beautiful islands protecting the coast of the Gulf of Kvarner: Krk, Cres, Losinj & Rab. The vegetation on the islands is as diverse; olives and figs grow twisting through the old stone walls, forests of huge pines reach up to the sun and ancient fortified towns melt into little fishing villages. The island of Krk is the most visited of the Kvarner isles because it is accessible via a bridge. Cres, Losinj & Rab have a charm of their own and being less visited give you the chance to find a little deserted beach all to yourself.
The town park Angiolina, with its living collection of plants from many different parts of the world, is well worth a visit. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is the most popular park in Croatia for a good reason; surrounded by three mountains, limestone caves, and numerous lakes this national park is breathtakingly gorgeous. A wide variety of animals reside in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and is a haven to birdwatchers with at least 126 recorded bird species in the area.
The lake, waterfall and cave district covers an area of roughly two square kilometers, containing 12 upper lakes and four lower lakes.
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