Originally a monastery, it later became a fishing village and now Crikvenica is one of Croatia’s most popular seaside resorts. Only 100 km from Trieste and easily accessible by car or bus, Crikvenica boasts magnificent pebble and sandy beaches lapped by a crystal clear sea that invites refreshing dips.
With its numerous facilities, accommodation, bars and restaurants, it is ideal for those who want a beautiful sea with all the comforts and without having to go too far.
Particularly family-friendly, it is also suitable for young tourists who want fun without excess: the nightlife is not unbridled, but there are enough clubs to have fun until two in the morning. Even the more active will not be bored thanks to the numerous opportunities for outdoor sports activities.
Devoid of world-famous art treasures, transgressive nightlife and renowned beaches that attract crowds from all over the world, Crikvenica is the seaside resort for a no-frills beach holiday that will recharge your batteries 100 per cent.
Crikvenica is an ideal destination for those who love pebble beaches washed by a clear blue sea; almost all of Crikvenica’s beaches are free, but those who want comfort and services can find some equipped areas or areas where they can rent deckchairs and
The various beaches along the Crikvenica seafront are connected by a coastal path that runs through pine forests and gardens: going from one beach to the next is easy and relaxing.
Beaches not to be missed in and around Crikvenica are Balustrada, Crni Molo and Omorika. Near the port of Podvorska there is a beach for dogs, perfect for those travelling with their four-legged friends.
If you want to see more beaches, you can travel to the nearby island of Krk, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge; from Crikvenica you can also arrive by boat. Once you arrive on the island you can choose from numerous beaches, both sandy and rocky.
Tourism in Crikvenica has developed thanks to its beautiful beaches, considered among the most beautiful on the Kvarner Riviera. The town also offers a couple of interesting attractions for those who want to spend some time off the beach.
The liveliest part of town is the harbour area; here you can relax with a drink at sunset or an exquisite fish dinner and admire a bronze statue dedicated to fishermen.
Perfect for finding relief when the heat gets unbearable is Stjepan Radic Park, a city park not far from the coast, while to learn about local art and history, visit the municipal museum and gallery.
If you are attracted to the underwater world but scuba diving is not your thing, you will definitely enjoy the Crikvenica Aquarium, located in the heart of the town. Its 30 tanks reproduce the natural habitat of more than 100 species of fish from the Adriatic Sea and 50 species of tropical fish, including moray eels, seahorses, lobsters, rockfish, surgeonfish and piranhas.
With more time on your hands, you can take day trips to nearby locations such as Novi Vidonolski (just 10 km away), Rijeka and Krk.
Crikvenica is a popular tourist destination and owes part of its success to the wide range of hotel accommodation in all price ranges.
There is a greater choice of flats and holiday homes, but there are also a number of hotels, almost all of them 3 or 4 stars and some with swimming pools and spas. Those who prefer flats or houses will be able to choose between very basic accommodation at an inexpensive price and more comfortable accommodation at a higher price.
If travelling low-cost, we recommend booking well in advance to find the best deals.
Unfortunately, there are no airports in the vicinity of Crikvenica. The easiest way to get to Crikvenica is therefore by car: from the border head towards Rijeka, it will take you an hour and a half to get there (including a stretch of road in Slovenia).
Another possibility is to get to Rijeka by ferry or international bus and then from there to Crikvenica: in this case, however, the journey time will be much longer and the cost may also be higher, especially if you are travelling with your family or a group of friends.
It is not recommended that you travel to Crikvenica by train because there are no direct connections from the rest of Europe and you would have to make many changes, which would lengthen the journey too much.
If you are already in Croatia, you can take a direct bus to Crikvenica from all major locations in the north of the country, including Rijeka (journey time 45 minutes) and the capital Zagreb (3 to 4 hours); there is also a direct bus to the island of Krk.
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Crikvenica is located on the Adriatic coast of Kvarner Bay. It is located a few kilometres south-east of the city of Rijeka, just after the bridge to the island of Krk.