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Welcome to Apartman Vito in Kostrena

Food scene
http://pizzeriaanic.hr/ You can taste all kind of fruits from Adriatic Sea, there is as well excellent barbecue and pizzas
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Anić Kostrena
1b Rožići
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http://pizzeriaanic.hr/ You can taste all kind of fruits from Adriatic Sea, there is as well excellent barbecue and pizzas
http://www.taverna-vidikovac.hr/ Traditional meals with great prices and beautiful view to Historic town Bakar
Vidikovac
http://www.taverna-vidikovac.hr/ Traditional meals with great prices and beautiful view to Historic town Bakar
https://bistro-pizzeria-paris.eatbu.hr/?lang=en Bistro Pizzeria Paris just few hundred meters from Apartman Vito. Excellent choices of Pizzas and other local cuisine
Restaurant Pizzeria PARIS
https://bistro-pizzeria-paris.eatbu.hr/?lang=en Bistro Pizzeria Paris just few hundred meters from Apartman Vito. Excellent choices of Pizzas and other local cuisine
Konoba More is part of DCK Diving Center Kostrena. You can have a great dive and excellent meal with beautifull view to Kvarner
Konoba More
1A Rožići
Konoba More is part of DCK Diving Center Kostrena. You can have a great dive and excellent meal with beautifull view to Kvarner
Excellent burgers and barbecue right on the beach
SMOKEHOUSE Kostrena
Excellent burgers and barbecue right on the beach
Excellent Sushi Bar ! ! !
Taiyo
19A Verdijeva ulica
Excellent Sushi Bar ! ! !
City/town information
Rijeka is a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea. It’s known as a gateway to Croatia’s islands. Korzo, the main promenade, is lined with Habsburg-era buildings. Nearby, the 19th-century Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre has ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt. The hilltop Trsat Castle complex, which includes a religious shrine, has sweeping views of the islands of Kvarner Bay.
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Rijeka
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Rijeka is a Croatian port city on Kvarner Bay in the northern Adriatic Sea. It’s known as a gateway to Croatia’s islands. Korzo, the main promenade, is lined with Habsburg-era buildings. Nearby, the 19th-century Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre has ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt. The hilltop Trsat Castle complex, which includes a religious shrine, has sweeping views of the islands of Kvarner Bay.
We welcome you to Bakar, one of the oldest towns on the northern Adriatic with a long and rich history. The area of Bakar town stretches from the Bakar Bay to the peak of Risnjak Mountain occupying about 12,560 hectares and encompassing seven small towns: Bakar, Hreljin, Krasica, Kukuljanovo, Praputnjak, Škrljevo and Zlobin. Bakar, the ancient town and a port, a place where the Mediterranean Sea penetrated most deeply into the European land, looks like a pearl clasped by arms of the deep bay, 4.5 km long, 600 to 700 m wide and 40 m deep. The town is built in an amphitheatric form on a hill. In 1968 its old city centre was proclaimed a monument of culture. The area of the town of Bakar was inhabited as early as in the 3rd and the 2nd millennium before Christ. The Roman Empire and Croatian noble families of Frankopan and Zrinski left profound imprints. In 1779 the empress Maria Theresa awarded Bakar the status of a free town. It is important to note that the representatives of the Town of Bakar were among those who supported the famous Vinodol Code from 1288 where the name of Bakar was mentioned for the first time. A rich history has left an important cultural heritage which is reflected in the Bakar Citadel, Castle of Hreljin, St. Andrew’s Church (the third largest in Croatia), Roman and Turkish houses, Bakar ‘s dry stone walls and many other cultural and historical sights and peculiarities. Of numerous Bakar’s peculiarities, the famous Bakarska Vodica Grand Cuvée (sparkling wine) and Bakar’s biscuit are to be singled out. The world-wide famous sparkling wine Bakarska vodica originates from the Belina grape, which used to be cultivated in the Bakar region. The dry stone walls were built during the 18th century and abandoned in the ‘50s of the 20th century. In 1972 the dry stone walls were proclaimed ethno zone and included in the Registry of cultural monuments. The famous Bakar’s biscuit is a typical fresh or roasted bread product made in a form of a ring, which sailors used to take on long fishing trips instead of fresh bread. It is eaten by dipping it into wine. Our town is particularly distinguished by its narrow streets and squares, which will tell you a fascinating story about the history gone with the wind. Even the glance at the Bakar’s sea, will create an image of people who used to sail and trade here once: Illyrians, Celts, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Croats who came here and settled down in the 7th century. Do not hesitate, visit the town of Bakar and all of our towns, discover its rich history and heritage, and with that enrich yourself for the future. We hope that your stay in our town will be pleasant and that the power of its glorious past will impress you and bring you back again…
Bakar
We welcome you to Bakar, one of the oldest towns on the northern Adriatic with a long and rich history. The area of Bakar town stretches from the Bakar Bay to the peak of Risnjak Mountain occupying about 12,560 hectares and encompassing seven small towns: Bakar, Hreljin, Krasica, Kukuljanovo, Praputnjak, Škrljevo and Zlobin. Bakar, the ancient town and a port, a place where the Mediterranean Sea penetrated most deeply into the European land, looks like a pearl clasped by arms of the deep bay, 4.5 km long, 600 to 700 m wide and 40 m deep. The town is built in an amphitheatric form on a hill. In 1968 its old city centre was proclaimed a monument of culture. The area of the town of Bakar was inhabited as early as in the 3rd and the 2nd millennium before Christ. The Roman Empire and Croatian noble families of Frankopan and Zrinski left profound imprints. In 1779 the empress Maria Theresa awarded Bakar the status of a free town. It is important to note that the representatives of the Town of Bakar were among those who supported the famous Vinodol Code from 1288 where the name of Bakar was mentioned for the first time. A rich history has left an important cultural heritage which is reflected in the Bakar Citadel, Castle of Hreljin, St. Andrew’s Church (the third largest in Croatia), Roman and Turkish houses, Bakar ‘s dry stone walls and many other cultural and historical sights and peculiarities. Of numerous Bakar’s peculiarities, the famous Bakarska Vodica Grand Cuvée (sparkling wine) and Bakar’s biscuit are to be singled out. The world-wide famous sparkling wine Bakarska vodica originates from the Belina grape, which used to be cultivated in the Bakar region. The dry stone walls were built during the 18th century and abandoned in the ‘50s of the 20th century. In 1972 the dry stone walls were proclaimed ethno zone and included in the Registry of cultural monuments. The famous Bakar’s biscuit is a typical fresh or roasted bread product made in a form of a ring, which sailors used to take on long fishing trips instead of fresh bread. It is eaten by dipping it into wine. Our town is particularly distinguished by its narrow streets and squares, which will tell you a fascinating story about the history gone with the wind. Even the glance at the Bakar’s sea, will create an image of people who used to sail and trade here once: Illyrians, Celts, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Croats who came here and settled down in the 7th century. Do not hesitate, visit the town of Bakar and all of our towns, discover its rich history and heritage, and with that enrich yourself for the future. We hope that your stay in our town will be pleasant and that the power of its glorious past will impress you and bring you back again…
Opatija is a Croatian coastal town on the Adriatic Sea. A fashionable resort in the 19th century, it's dotted with Habsburg-era villas. The Lungomare is a promenade that snakes along the coastline, offering views of the town and neighboring islands. The 1800s Villa Angiolina, set in a garden of exotic plants, houses the Croatian Museum of Tourism. Parts of St. Jacob’s Church date from the 16th century.
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Opatija
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Opatija is a Croatian coastal town on the Adriatic Sea. A fashionable resort in the 19th century, it's dotted with Habsburg-era villas. The Lungomare is a promenade that snakes along the coastline, offering views of the town and neighboring islands. The 1800s Villa Angiolina, set in a garden of exotic plants, houses the Croatian Museum of Tourism. Parts of St. Jacob’s Church date from the 16th century.
Crikvenica is one of the oldest and the most famous resorts of the coast of Croatia. Crikvenica resort is located in the western part of Kvarner bay. Crikvenica is famous for its sandy beach, mild climate, a lot of vegetation, the Crikvenica carnival, which takes place every January/February, and the touristic infrastructure, which has been developed for over 100 years. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Sightseeing in Crikvenica Crikvenica is a small resort town stretching along the shore by the foot of a mountain. Private homes in Crikvenica are well-maintained, and have gardens. Along the embankment in Crikvenica, there are cosy cafes, shops and restaurants. There are children’s playgrounds, swings, trampolines and slides for children. Crikvenica is famous in Europe as one of the sunniest cities of Europe. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo The name of the town of Crikvenica comes from the name of an ancient monastery built in 1412. Nowadays, there is a hotel in the building of the monastery, and nearby there is the church of St Mary. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Among the main sights of Crikvenica there are also the ruins of the medieval town of Kotor with its well-preserved ruins of houses and the church. The museum of the town of Crikvenica tells the history of the Kvarner region, and of Crikvenica. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Those who rest with children can visit the Aquarium, which shows 150 types of fish and other sea creatures. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo The guests of Crikvenica are offered excursions to island of Krka. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica Crikvenica is famous for its thermal resorts — Thallasotherapy Crikvenica and Therme Selca. Many guests annually visit the spa hotel and the health centre of Crikvenica — Therapia hotel — and the largest in Europe hotel spa complex Novi Spa hotels&resort. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica Croatia photos Thallasotherapy Crikvenica is a medical centre with a hundred-year history of invigoration using thallasotherapeutical treatment with the purpose of preventive health care, medical rest and rehabilitation. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica specializes in treating ailments connected with rheumatism and muscoskeletal system disorders, as well as rehabilitation and treatment of upper and lower respiratory tracts of children, adults and the elderly. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica resort of Croatia is located on the very shore of a bay of the Adriatic sea, a pebbled beach and a 6 km long embankment backed by Mediterranean vegetation. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica is ideal for thallasotherapeutical treatment, restoration and rest. 100 years ago the medical centre of the town of Crikvenica opened for its first European visitors as a place of rest and treatment. The mild climate of the coast, with its mild winter and a relatively mild summer, a unique mix of mountain and sea air, and very clean sea. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica Today Thallasotherapy Crikvenica is a modernly equipped medical institution, which combines the fundamentals of thallasotherapeutical treatment with the advances of the modern science, thus achieving exceptional results in treating the muscoskeletal system and the respirotary organs of people of all ages.
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Crikvenica
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Crikvenica is one of the oldest and the most famous resorts of the coast of Croatia. Crikvenica resort is located in the western part of Kvarner bay. Crikvenica is famous for its sandy beach, mild climate, a lot of vegetation, the Crikvenica carnival, which takes place every January/February, and the touristic infrastructure, which has been developed for over 100 years. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Sightseeing in Crikvenica Crikvenica is a small resort town stretching along the shore by the foot of a mountain. Private homes in Crikvenica are well-maintained, and have gardens. Along the embankment in Crikvenica, there are cosy cafes, shops and restaurants. There are children’s playgrounds, swings, trampolines and slides for children. Crikvenica is famous in Europe as one of the sunniest cities of Europe. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo The name of the town of Crikvenica comes from the name of an ancient monastery built in 1412. Nowadays, there is a hotel in the building of the monastery, and nearby there is the church of St Mary. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Among the main sights of Crikvenica there are also the ruins of the medieval town of Kotor with its well-preserved ruins of houses and the church. The museum of the town of Crikvenica tells the history of the Kvarner region, and of Crikvenica. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Crikvenica resort Croatia photo Those who rest with children can visit the Aquarium, which shows 150 types of fish and other sea creatures. Crikvenica resort Croatia photo The guests of Crikvenica are offered excursions to island of Krka. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica Crikvenica is famous for its thermal resorts — Thallasotherapy Crikvenica and Therme Selca. Many guests annually visit the spa hotel and the health centre of Crikvenica — Therapia hotel — and the largest in Europe hotel spa complex Novi Spa hotels&resort. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica Croatia photos Thallasotherapy Crikvenica is a medical centre with a hundred-year history of invigoration using thallasotherapeutical treatment with the purpose of preventive health care, medical rest and rehabilitation. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica specializes in treating ailments connected with rheumatism and muscoskeletal system disorders, as well as rehabilitation and treatment of upper and lower respiratory tracts of children, adults and the elderly. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica resort of Croatia is located on the very shore of a bay of the Adriatic sea, a pebbled beach and a 6 km long embankment backed by Mediterranean vegetation. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica is ideal for thallasotherapeutical treatment, restoration and rest. 100 years ago the medical centre of the town of Crikvenica opened for its first European visitors as a place of rest and treatment. The mild climate of the coast, with its mild winter and a relatively mild summer, a unique mix of mountain and sea air, and very clean sea. Thallasotherapy Crikvenica Today Thallasotherapy Crikvenica is a modernly equipped medical institution, which combines the fundamentals of thallasotherapeutical treatment with the advances of the modern science, thus achieving exceptional results in treating the muscoskeletal system and the respirotary organs of people of all ages.
Fuzine is a famous tourist destination with very long tradition. There is a historical record from as early as 1874 about the first organized trip of guests who used to arrive from Susak, Rijeka and coastal villages nearby in special trains. Even earlier there were shelters called “konaci” and resting places for caravans on the road Karolina (1737), to which Fuzine owe its development, so Fuzine classify as one of the oldest tourist spots in Kvarner, Croatia, even in the central Europe. Long ago, in 1898 travel writer Dragutin Hirc wrote: „ … There is no other area in the homeland where there would be so many interesting things in such a small space, as there is around Fuzine. There are few areas even in foreign countries, where beauty is laid before you as in a palm of the hand. The surroundings of Fuzine are magnificent, it is a true alpine region. Encircled by high hills covered in evergreen woods, there are fir groves, … there are mountain ports and beaches, meadows with most luxuriant mountain and alpine flowers, there are streams, streamlets, little springs, valleys, plains, there are landscapes that elate your soul completely, there are many, many things and the attire that Fuzine wears is adorned and of which it is proud.” The first president of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Franjo Rački PhD (1828 -1894) was born in Fuzine. A famous scientist, Tadija Smičiklas, while writing about him noted that he was born in “MAGICAL FUZINE”. Even today, after more than half a century since our forefathers described it, Fuzine has preserved some of that “adorned attire” mentioned by Hirc or “magical quality” described by Smiciklas. The village is situated 730m above sea-level. Its climate is the continental variety of the mediterranean, with particularly beautiful spring, summer and autumn, and snowy, frequently quite long winters. The average annual temperature is 7.6 degrees Celsius. In summer the temperature rarely exceeds 30°, and the nights are virtually never warm. Therefore in summer the climate is very pleasant, as are winter days with stable weather and great amount of snow. Fuzine is known for its fresh mountain air continuously provided by Bora, wind prevailing during anticyclone periods. The nearby mountain tops (Bitoraj 1385m, Visevica 1428 m, Tuhobic 1106m, Preradovic 885m) offer magnificent views on picturesque woods of Gorski kotar and its surroundings: the lakes, the villages Vrata, Lic and Fuzine, the karst plain Licko polje; but also on the sea, coastline and the islands of Kvarner. Fuzine is very well connected. The area borders with the gulf of Kvarner so the distance to the seaside is only 30 km– the Riviera of Rijeka, Crikvenica and Vinodol – and only 22km to the island of Krk. Fuzine is situated in the proximity of the new highway Zagreb-Rijeka, and the village is easy to reach. You can also visit it by train, a trip now considered somewhat romantic. Therefore you can spend pleasant nights in Fuzine during hot summers, and at the same time have the advantage of staying at the seaside. Fuzine is characterized by rich water resources. Today there are three accumulation lakes: Bajer, Lepenica and Potkos which fit beautifully in the mountain landscape. They are rich in fish and easily attract anglers. The clear water abounds in trout, round chub, marble trout, common carp, pike, grass carp etc. The lakes host sailing regattas and diving contests, and surfing, boat rides and canoeing is also available. The deep woods of Gorski kotar are perfect for hunters because they abound mostly in large animals, but in other game animals as well. Tourist attraction of a significant importance is the cave Vrelo. It was discovered in the 1950s during the construction of the accumulation lake Bajer. It is well lighted and adapted for professionally guided visits. It is 300m long and quite specific for the underground water which flows through it –the only Croatian cave adapted for tourists which has this feature. Its relief has no steps and it is suitable even for visitors in wheelchair. Because of its accessibility and attractiveness it is visited by all generations, from kindergarten children to the elderly. As a popular tourist destination, Fuzine offers many sports and recreational activities. In the surroundings you can find nine marked walking and cycling trails, marked trekking paths, and the most popular is the walking path with trim trail around Bajer. The beautiful park Gorica with three tennis courts offers the possibility of practicing active sports and recreating. In the village of Vrata there is the sports and recreation centre “Gmajna”. The village has all the services necessary to ensure a normal life for the inhabitants and a pleasant stay for the guest. There are: medical centre, pharmacy, bank, post office, railway station, petrol station, public utility services, municipal administration, and tourist office. The area around Fuzine and Lic abounds in cultural and sacral buildings. The oldest church is St. Juraj in Lic dated in 1662, and the construction of the church of St. Antun of Padova in Fuzine lasted for entire 25 years, from 1808 to 1833. It is the largest building of the type in Gorski kotar. An attraction of particular interest is the Sanctuary of Blessed Virgin Mary of Snow in the plain Licko polje. Tradition has it that in 1733 Our Lady appeared in snow on that very spot. Pilgrimages to the Sanctuary continue for centuries in search of prayer and healing, and every year, on 5th of August a traditional pilgrimage is organized to the spot. Instead of the big church, which was ruined in World War II, today the Sanctuary is adorned by a little church built in 2002. In the oldest village of the area, Lic (marked on Venetian maps in the 12th century), there is a very appealing and by many things special County collection, which encompasses many interesting ethnographic objects and archival material that speak of the history of the area. The early start of organized education was very significant for the development of the area of Fuzine and Lic. Fuzine gets its first school building in 1785. It is one of the oldest schools in this part of the country, and it has affected the high level of literacy and culture of the population throughout the history. In the villages of the county of Fuzine, the dialects which are spoken are Shtokavian, Kaikavian and Chakavian: the fact that is valid until this day so all three dialects and their specific question words: “ca”, “kaj” and “sto” stand as an interesting specificity of the area. Cultural associations have a long standing tradition in Fuzine, and one which holds a distinct place in history as well as today is the association “Fuzinarska glazba” (the music of Fuzine), the Croatian Red Cross Orchestra, founded in 1848. “Fuzinarska glazba” is the trademark of Fuzine, it performs with great success in the country and abroad and numbers more than 50 active members. Fuzine is very famous for its gastronomic offer. Excellent restaurants offer a wide choice of indigenous, homemade dishes or dishes with mushrooms, game meat, and forest fruit prepared according to original recipes. The village is also known for comfortable accommodation units in guesthouses, hotels, apartments and mountain lodges, and here you can also find wellness and fitness facilities. In Fuzine you can always find entertaining events. In the hotel Bitoraj there are daily live music kocerts, and some entertaining events are already widely known: the “Summer in Fuzine” with its sailing regattas, biker meeting and famous summer carnival, concerts of various orchestras, “klape” (Dalmatian choirs) and pop singers. In winter what has to be noted are the carnival festivities, concert of “Fuzinarska glazba” for Christmas and the New Year, as well as very original outdoor Farewell to the old year, every year on 31st December, precisely at noon.
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Fužine, Croatia
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Fuzine is a famous tourist destination with very long tradition. There is a historical record from as early as 1874 about the first organized trip of guests who used to arrive from Susak, Rijeka and coastal villages nearby in special trains. Even earlier there were shelters called “konaci” and resting places for caravans on the road Karolina (1737), to which Fuzine owe its development, so Fuzine classify as one of the oldest tourist spots in Kvarner, Croatia, even in the central Europe. Long ago, in 1898 travel writer Dragutin Hirc wrote: „ … There is no other area in the homeland where there would be so many interesting things in such a small space, as there is around Fuzine. There are few areas even in foreign countries, where beauty is laid before you as in a palm of the hand. The surroundings of Fuzine are magnificent, it is a true alpine region. Encircled by high hills covered in evergreen woods, there are fir groves, … there are mountain ports and beaches, meadows with most luxuriant mountain and alpine flowers, there are streams, streamlets, little springs, valleys, plains, there are landscapes that elate your soul completely, there are many, many things and the attire that Fuzine wears is adorned and of which it is proud.” The first president of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Franjo Rački PhD (1828 -1894) was born in Fuzine. A famous scientist, Tadija Smičiklas, while writing about him noted that he was born in “MAGICAL FUZINE”. Even today, after more than half a century since our forefathers described it, Fuzine has preserved some of that “adorned attire” mentioned by Hirc or “magical quality” described by Smiciklas. The village is situated 730m above sea-level. Its climate is the continental variety of the mediterranean, with particularly beautiful spring, summer and autumn, and snowy, frequently quite long winters. The average annual temperature is 7.6 degrees Celsius. In summer the temperature rarely exceeds 30°, and the nights are virtually never warm. Therefore in summer the climate is very pleasant, as are winter days with stable weather and great amount of snow. Fuzine is known for its fresh mountain air continuously provided by Bora, wind prevailing during anticyclone periods. The nearby mountain tops (Bitoraj 1385m, Visevica 1428 m, Tuhobic 1106m, Preradovic 885m) offer magnificent views on picturesque woods of Gorski kotar and its surroundings: the lakes, the villages Vrata, Lic and Fuzine, the karst plain Licko polje; but also on the sea, coastline and the islands of Kvarner. Fuzine is very well connected. The area borders with the gulf of Kvarner so the distance to the seaside is only 30 km– the Riviera of Rijeka, Crikvenica and Vinodol – and only 22km to the island of Krk. Fuzine is situated in the proximity of the new highway Zagreb-Rijeka, and the village is easy to reach. You can also visit it by train, a trip now considered somewhat romantic. Therefore you can spend pleasant nights in Fuzine during hot summers, and at the same time have the advantage of staying at the seaside. Fuzine is characterized by rich water resources. Today there are three accumulation lakes: Bajer, Lepenica and Potkos which fit beautifully in the mountain landscape. They are rich in fish and easily attract anglers. The clear water abounds in trout, round chub, marble trout, common carp, pike, grass carp etc. The lakes host sailing regattas and diving contests, and surfing, boat rides and canoeing is also available. The deep woods of Gorski kotar are perfect for hunters because they abound mostly in large animals, but in other game animals as well. Tourist attraction of a significant importance is the cave Vrelo. It was discovered in the 1950s during the construction of the accumulation lake Bajer. It is well lighted and adapted for professionally guided visits. It is 300m long and quite specific for the underground water which flows through it –the only Croatian cave adapted for tourists which has this feature. Its relief has no steps and it is suitable even for visitors in wheelchair. Because of its accessibility and attractiveness it is visited by all generations, from kindergarten children to the elderly. As a popular tourist destination, Fuzine offers many sports and recreational activities. In the surroundings you can find nine marked walking and cycling trails, marked trekking paths, and the most popular is the walking path with trim trail around Bajer. The beautiful park Gorica with three tennis courts offers the possibility of practicing active sports and recreating. In the village of Vrata there is the sports and recreation centre “Gmajna”. The village has all the services necessary to ensure a normal life for the inhabitants and a pleasant stay for the guest. There are: medical centre, pharmacy, bank, post office, railway station, petrol station, public utility services, municipal administration, and tourist office. The area around Fuzine and Lic abounds in cultural and sacral buildings. The oldest church is St. Juraj in Lic dated in 1662, and the construction of the church of St. Antun of Padova in Fuzine lasted for entire 25 years, from 1808 to 1833. It is the largest building of the type in Gorski kotar. An attraction of particular interest is the Sanctuary of Blessed Virgin Mary of Snow in the plain Licko polje. Tradition has it that in 1733 Our Lady appeared in snow on that very spot. Pilgrimages to the Sanctuary continue for centuries in search of prayer and healing, and every year, on 5th of August a traditional pilgrimage is organized to the spot. Instead of the big church, which was ruined in World War II, today the Sanctuary is adorned by a little church built in 2002. In the oldest village of the area, Lic (marked on Venetian maps in the 12th century), there is a very appealing and by many things special County collection, which encompasses many interesting ethnographic objects and archival material that speak of the history of the area. The early start of organized education was very significant for the development of the area of Fuzine and Lic. Fuzine gets its first school building in 1785. It is one of the oldest schools in this part of the country, and it has affected the high level of literacy and culture of the population throughout the history. In the villages of the county of Fuzine, the dialects which are spoken are Shtokavian, Kaikavian and Chakavian: the fact that is valid until this day so all three dialects and their specific question words: “ca”, “kaj” and “sto” stand as an interesting specificity of the area. Cultural associations have a long standing tradition in Fuzine, and one which holds a distinct place in history as well as today is the association “Fuzinarska glazba” (the music of Fuzine), the Croatian Red Cross Orchestra, founded in 1848. “Fuzinarska glazba” is the trademark of Fuzine, it performs with great success in the country and abroad and numbers more than 50 active members. Fuzine is very famous for its gastronomic offer. Excellent restaurants offer a wide choice of indigenous, homemade dishes or dishes with mushrooms, game meat, and forest fruit prepared according to original recipes. The village is also known for comfortable accommodation units in guesthouses, hotels, apartments and mountain lodges, and here you can also find wellness and fitness facilities. In Fuzine you can always find entertaining events. In the hotel Bitoraj there are daily live music kocerts, and some entertaining events are already widely known: the “Summer in Fuzine” with its sailing regattas, biker meeting and famous summer carnival, concerts of various orchestras, “klape” (Dalmatian choirs) and pop singers. In winter what has to be noted are the carnival festivities, concert of “Fuzinarska glazba” for Christmas and the New Year, as well as very original outdoor Farewell to the old year, every year on 31st December, precisely at noon.
Town Krk Town Krk is situated on the southwest coast of the island and because of its area of 107 km2 it's the largest city on the island, but also the administrative center of the island. It consists of 15 villages, and all togehter have 6243 inhabitants. The island of Krk is connected to the mainland airlines, sea, and since the bridge was built, land, and each destination on the island, including the city of Krk is very accessible. Throughout history, the town of Krk, was a witness to the various authorities who run them from the Romans in ancient times right up to the Italians in the 20 th century. The impact of these rule throughout history can be seen from the well-preserved and rich cultural and historical heritage that Krk town possesses. The walls, cathedral, temple, squares, streets, and much more. Almost any renovation of old houses in the town of Krk, come up with new knowledge about the history of the town. Tourism in the town of Krk The main activity of the population of Krk is tourism. In the spring, summer and autumn months the city is full of tourists who recognize this location as a place for their vacation. City seeks its facilities to satisfy all guests and complete their stay and to stay as pleasant as possible, the city has available campsites, hotels as well as quality private accommodation that is available during winter months. Attractive restaurants on the waterfront as well as inside the city, will satisfy the most demanding ones. Lovely beaches and related facilities for children, parks, walk paths, events, of which emphasizes the Krk Fair, sports activities, nightlife, is also part of the tourist offer and Krk as tourist destination is really proud of it. To make tourists stay as pleasant as possible, the hosts of this city are trying to fill their hospitality and kindness, and every guest is welcomed! Beaches Punta di Galeto This beach is about 10 minutes walk from the center of Krk. A beautiful, partly tiled sandy beach with several rocks surrounded by lots of shade. There is a children's playground and pedal boats and beach umbrellas for rent. The beach is therefore very suitable for families with children, and there are showers with fresh water. There are two bars along the beach that offer both food and drink, as well as ice cream for children. Parking is located nearby. Koralj This beach is about 10 minutes walk from the center of Krk. Parking is available nearby. Surrounded by trees, it provides a natural shade even during the hottest days of summer. The seabed is sandy and the sea is crystal clear. The beach is pebbly and offers a beautiful view of the open sea. Restaurants and bars leave you the freedom to enjoy the charms of the sea and all-day spent without worries. Dražica A beautiful, sandy beach with several rocks surrounded by pine trees and lots of shade. There is a children's playground, pedal boats, beach umbrellas and sun beds for rent. The beach is therefore very suitable for families with children, and there are showers with fresh water. This beach is about 10 minutes walk from the center of Krk. The beach is accessible by a well-maintained promenade that is protected by shade. The beach also offers a unique zip-line attraction set at the bay entrance. 50 meters from this beach is also Redagara (dog beach). Portapisana The town beach in Portapisana Bay is located in front of the eastern city gate of Krk and was one of the first landscaped beaches in the town of Krk. This beach offers a view of the old town with its beautiful cathedral. The beach is mostly concrete. There is also fine sand in one part, the perfect place for young children to have fun building towers. Nearby are many catering facilities, a children's playground, showers and a beach volleyball court. Parking is located at the beach. Porporela It is located in the center of the town of Krk, right next to Camp Ježevac. The beach has beautiful access to the sea and is made of gravel with several rocks and concrete surfaces. It is perfect for bathing and sunbathing for the whole family and even visitors with physical disabilities. For the visitors, there are showers, sun beds, and a restaurant and in the absence of some more fun you can rent a pedal boat or kayak. From Porporela one can also enjoy the magnificent view of the castle and the bell tower of the cathedral. Ježevac Ježevac Beach is located in a camp near the center of Krk - 10 minutes on foot. The beautiful shady beach is surrounded by pine trees and consists of pebbles, sand or paved beach and crystal clear sea. Sports lovers can practice on the beach volleyball court or at a nearby sports center. There are beach umbrellas and sun beds for rent, showers and restaurants. Plav Mostly pebble beach, surrounded by woods rich in natural shade. There are two restaurants on the beach, for complete peace of mind. There is a possibility of renting pedal boats, and next to the beach there is a Sailing Club. If you walk a little further from the main beach, through a forest path, you will come across many bays that give you complete privacy and escape from the noise and crowds. Redagara (dog beach) Ideal for visitors with pets, it is located near the town of Krk (located between the bay Dražica and the naturist camp Politin). This beach was the first official dog beach on the island. It attracts visitors to its crystal clear sea. For pet owners this quiet and secluded bay is a perfect hit, as dogs can move around freely there while the owners can rest and lie in the sun. Prniba The Prniba peninsula is located southeast of the town of Krk and is rich in splendid secluded beaches and beautiful hiking trails. Gravel paths separate to different bays. Parking spaces are available on the passage and under large pine trees with plenty of shade. Due to the northern orientation of this bay and the large old pine forests, this bay is very shady, and due to the natural position of the Punat bay also very protected from wind and waves. From this bay there is a beautiful view of the monastery island Košljun. There are no restaurants or supermarkets nearby, and it is recommended that you take plenty of liquids and food to stay. Sv. Juraj Sveti Juraj Bay is located east of the town of Krk, and can be reached by car on a gravel path that starts at Vrh. There are several parking lots a few hundred meters above the beach. In the summer, this cove is very popular for boat owners because of its sheltered location. It consists of various bays, so you can always find the perfect place for you! There is a restaurant nearby, but it is advisable to bring along the necessary for your stay.
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Town Krk Town Krk is situated on the southwest coast of the island and because of its area of 107 km2 it's the largest city on the island, but also the administrative center of the island. It consists of 15 villages, and all togehter have 6243 inhabitants. The island of Krk is connected to the mainland airlines, sea, and since the bridge was built, land, and each destination on the island, including the city of Krk is very accessible. Throughout history, the town of Krk, was a witness to the various authorities who run them from the Romans in ancient times right up to the Italians in the 20 th century. The impact of these rule throughout history can be seen from the well-preserved and rich cultural and historical heritage that Krk town possesses. The walls, cathedral, temple, squares, streets, and much more. Almost any renovation of old houses in the town of Krk, come up with new knowledge about the history of the town. Tourism in the town of Krk The main activity of the population of Krk is tourism. In the spring, summer and autumn months the city is full of tourists who recognize this location as a place for their vacation. City seeks its facilities to satisfy all guests and complete their stay and to stay as pleasant as possible, the city has available campsites, hotels as well as quality private accommodation that is available during winter months. Attractive restaurants on the waterfront as well as inside the city, will satisfy the most demanding ones. Lovely beaches and related facilities for children, parks, walk paths, events, of which emphasizes the Krk Fair, sports activities, nightlife, is also part of the tourist offer and Krk as tourist destination is really proud of it. To make tourists stay as pleasant as possible, the hosts of this city are trying to fill their hospitality and kindness, and every guest is welcomed! Beaches Punta di Galeto This beach is about 10 minutes walk from the center of Krk. A beautiful, partly tiled sandy beach with several rocks surrounded by lots of shade. There is a children's playground and pedal boats and beach umbrellas for rent. The beach is therefore very suitable for families with children, and there are showers with fresh water. There are two bars along the beach that offer both food and drink, as well as ice cream for children. Parking is located nearby. Koralj This beach is about 10 minutes walk from the center of Krk. Parking is available nearby. Surrounded by trees, it provides a natural shade even during the hottest days of summer. The seabed is sandy and the sea is crystal clear. The beach is pebbly and offers a beautiful view of the open sea. Restaurants and bars leave you the freedom to enjoy the charms of the sea and all-day spent without worries. Dražica A beautiful, sandy beach with several rocks surrounded by pine trees and lots of shade. There is a children's playground, pedal boats, beach umbrellas and sun beds for rent. The beach is therefore very suitable for families with children, and there are showers with fresh water. This beach is about 10 minutes walk from the center of Krk. The beach is accessible by a well-maintained promenade that is protected by shade. The beach also offers a unique zip-line attraction set at the bay entrance. 50 meters from this beach is also Redagara (dog beach). Portapisana The town beach in Portapisana Bay is located in front of the eastern city gate of Krk and was one of the first landscaped beaches in the town of Krk. This beach offers a view of the old town with its beautiful cathedral. The beach is mostly concrete. There is also fine sand in one part, the perfect place for young children to have fun building towers. Nearby are many catering facilities, a children's playground, showers and a beach volleyball court. Parking is located at the beach. Porporela It is located in the center of the town of Krk, right next to Camp Ježevac. The beach has beautiful access to the sea and is made of gravel with several rocks and concrete surfaces. It is perfect for bathing and sunbathing for the whole family and even visitors with physical disabilities. For the visitors, there are showers, sun beds, and a restaurant and in the absence of some more fun you can rent a pedal boat or kayak. From Porporela one can also enjoy the magnificent view of the castle and the bell tower of the cathedral. Ježevac Ježevac Beach is located in a camp near the center of Krk - 10 minutes on foot. The beautiful shady beach is surrounded by pine trees and consists of pebbles, sand or paved beach and crystal clear sea. Sports lovers can practice on the beach volleyball court or at a nearby sports center. There are beach umbrellas and sun beds for rent, showers and restaurants. Plav Mostly pebble beach, surrounded by woods rich in natural shade. There are two restaurants on the beach, for complete peace of mind. There is a possibility of renting pedal boats, and next to the beach there is a Sailing Club. If you walk a little further from the main beach, through a forest path, you will come across many bays that give you complete privacy and escape from the noise and crowds. Redagara (dog beach) Ideal for visitors with pets, it is located near the town of Krk (located between the bay Dražica and the naturist camp Politin). This beach was the first official dog beach on the island. It attracts visitors to its crystal clear sea. For pet owners this quiet and secluded bay is a perfect hit, as dogs can move around freely there while the owners can rest and lie in the sun. Prniba The Prniba peninsula is located southeast of the town of Krk and is rich in splendid secluded beaches and beautiful hiking trails. Gravel paths separate to different bays. Parking spaces are available on the passage and under large pine trees with plenty of shade. Due to the northern orientation of this bay and the large old pine forests, this bay is very shady, and due to the natural position of the Punat bay also very protected from wind and waves. From this bay there is a beautiful view of the monastery island Košljun. There are no restaurants or supermarkets nearby, and it is recommended that you take plenty of liquids and food to stay. Sv. Juraj Sveti Juraj Bay is located east of the town of Krk, and can be reached by car on a gravel path that starts at Vrh. There are several parking lots a few hundred meters above the beach. In the summer, this cove is very popular for boat owners because of its sheltered location. It consists of various bays, so you can always find the perfect place for you! There is a restaurant nearby, but it is advisable to bring along the necessary for your stay.
Baška is a resort town on the Croatian island of Krk. It’s known for its old town, churches and beaches like central Vela Plaža. In the nearby village of Jurandvor, the Church of St. Lucy has a copy of the 12th-century Baška Tablet, which was discovered inside. Stone sculptures mark cultural and historical landmarks on the Baška Glagolitic Path. The Baška Heritage Museum includes folk costumes and crockery.
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Baška is a resort town on the Croatian island of Krk. It’s known for its old town, churches and beaches like central Vela Plaža. In the nearby village of Jurandvor, the Church of St. Lucy has a copy of the 12th-century Baška Tablet, which was discovered inside. Stone sculptures mark cultural and historical landmarks on the Baška Glagolitic Path. The Baška Heritage Museum includes folk costumes and crockery.
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Beaches Kostrena Our Kostrena peninsula is about 10 kilometers long, with a mild slope toward the sea coast. Along its length there are many beautiful beaches which are visited by thousands of swimmers during the summer months. The most famous and most popular are the beaches in Žurkovo Bay, then Smokvino, Svežanj, Spužvina, Podražica, Nova voda and Perilo. Sweet water springs The sea along the Kostrena coast is extraordinarily clean, but also one or two degrees colder, therefore, the average summer sea temperature is 22°C. This is due to many sweet water springs of which the biggest ones are Perilo in Žurkovo Bay, Stara voda, Perilo below places called Paveki and Perilo in Podurinj Bay. Until the mid 20th century those four springs were used for clothes washing. Women from nearby villages used to come to the springs with baskets filled with clothes and washed their clothes singing and chatting along. Kostrena is an old, popular seaside town mentioned for the first time at the beginning of the 15th century. In 1874 it gained its municipal independence for the first time. It lasted only two years. It is divided in two parts: St. Lucija and St. Barbara, with names inspired by the names of the two churches situated on its territory. Kostrena is situated in close vicinity of Rijeka, surrounded by Martinšćica and the Bay of Bakar. Our Kostrena peninsula is about 10 kilometers long, with a mild slope toward the sea coast. Along its length there are many beautiful beaches which are visited by thousands of swimmers during the summer months. The most famous and most popular are the beaches in Žurkovo Bay, then Smokvino, Svežanj, Spužvina, Podražica, Nova voda and Perilo. Kostrena consists of twenty settlements many of which are named after the families that used to inhabit them. Nowadays, the largest number of inhabitants live in Vrh Martinšćica, Glavani, Sv. Lucija, Rožmanići and Paveki. The area is marked by the characteristic karst area with the Mediterranean flora, familiar Kostrena dry stone walls, and a mild climate which sometimes changes due to the strong gusts of gale. The whole existence of Kostrena and Kostrena people is based on the sea element, and the maritime affairs have been their base orientation ever since the name Kostrena was mentioned for the first time. Kostrena has given many well known captains, among which is Pavao Randić who was the first person to sail across the Suez Canal before it was opened. Erazmo Bernard Tićac participated as a chief architect in the building of “Savanah”, a trader driven by nuclear power. Kuzma Franelić contributed to the fame and courage of our seamen through his participation in the rescue of “Titanic” passengers. Together with the famous captains and ship-builders, during the second part of the l9th century the ship-owners from Kostrena sv. Barbara owned 20 ships, while they had shares in 48. At the same time the ship-owners from Kostrena sv. Lucija owned 13 ships and had shares in 31. Unfortunately, at that time over 200 Kostrena seamen were forever lost in the darkness of the big blue. Kostrena tends to its cultural and social life and organizes events such as Autumn in Kostrena, Spring in Kostrena, summer events, Municipality Days. In winter the Kostrena Carnival is held in the Narodna čitaonica Hall (Peoples Library), while Špažićari Carnival group represents Kostrena at the International Carnival parade in Rijeka every year. There are a lot of clubs connected and active in the sea activities today in the Municipality and they are achieving significant results internationally. Among the famous organisations which are known outside Croatia are the Sailing Club JK Galeb, Undersea Activities Club KPA Kostrena and Sport Fishing Club ŠRD Kostrena, being the oldest organisation in the area. Kostrena people are also proud of its Football Club NK Pomorac. Kostrena’s archaeological heritage On the highest hills, over the Municipality of the Kostrena settlement, we can find the prehistoric Solin and Sopalj castles. Solin hill with remains of the archaeological site is located on the north-western edge of Kostrena, above the deep Martinšćica Bay and Sušačka draga valley. A great position from which a panoramic view opens up to the eastern parts of the city of Rijeka was occupied even at the end of the Neolithic Age, whilst the colony lasted during the Chalcolithic (during the fourth and third millennium BC). Kostrena caves and holes Under the stone surface and under the feet of the numerous visitors to Kostrena and its inhabitants is a hidden underground world. Numerous cold submarine springs located close to the shore, springs of fresh water under the sea’s surface give the hint of numerous fissures in the underground area where fresh water from the hinterland finds its way towards the sea shore. The largest tank with mural in Croatia After three months of hard work, on July 11, 2018 Croatian company INA – Rijeka Oil Refinery presented the largest tank with mural in Croatia that was created in collaboration with Municipality of Kostrena. This attractively painted tank 338-S-021 A is work of the local academic painter Edi Gustin Maska, and its nautical motifs embellish the panorama of Kostrena. The tank is 2000m2 big, and 1600 buckets of paint were used to paint it The Kostrena sea bed Submarine relief Kostrena coast has always attracted numerous walkers, swimmers and recreationists as it is one of the most beautiful promenades by the sea where dense sub Mediterranean and Mediterranean vegetation touches the coastal area of steep karst rocks, numerous caves and half caves as well as its pebbles beaches. Although the Kostrena coast is roughly indented, its sea bed relief is very diverse so that, by the coastal area itself, steep areas can be found that separate the shallow from the deep part of the sea bed. Protected area The climatic characteristics, the types of sea bottom and the influence of human activities have resulted in the development of sea bottom communities. So in the area of tide and low tide a strong influence of submarine springs can be found where, great clusters of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) have developed on the rocky sea bottom. Besides these shellfish, the common barnacle (Balanus perforatus) can often be found in this area which bears a higher level of wastewaters. Kostrena’s coastal area is located in the north-eastern part of the Rijeka Bay, and extends from Martinšćica Bay to the entrance of Bakar Bay. This part of the coast as well as the whole of the northern coast of Rijeka’s Bay is influenced by a number of human activities, from the effect of communal wastewaters, smaller ports, shipyards, to athermal power plant and an oil refinery. Then again, the Kostrena coast has always attracted numerous walkers, swimmers and recreationists as it is one of the most beautiful promenades by the sea where dense sub Mediterranean and Mediterranean vegetation touches the coastal area of steep karst rocks, numerous caves and half caves as well as its pebbles beaches. Although the Kostrena coast is roughly indented, its sea bed relief is very diverse so that, by the coastal area itself, steep areas can be found that separate the shallow from the deep part of the sea bed. The climatic characteristics, the types of sea bottom and the influence of human activities have resulted in the development of sea bottom communities. So in the area of tide and low tide a strong influence of submarine springs can be found where, great clusters of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) have developed on the rocky sea bottom. Besides these shellfish, the common barnacle (Balanus perforatus) can often be found in this area which bears a higher level of wastewaters. Although in the past dense settlements could be found here, today we can find smaller clusters and less developed examples of our endemic species, the Adriatic brown macro alga (Fucus virsoides). In the shallower waters, in the area that is continually submerged, a community of infralittoral algae can be found during the summer months on the stony bottom at up to 5 m depth forming a whitish rug of Acetabularia acetabulum and the brown alga Padina pavonica, and our attention is attracted by the yellow finger-like extensions of the Yellow Tube Sponge (Aplysina aerophoba). The sea bottom is densely overgrown with vegetation and is suitable for the settlement of a number of other organisms: from polychaetes, gastropoda, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms to bottom fish (comb tooth blennies, gobies, Mediterranean rainbow wrasse, Chromis chromis, Salema porgy). With a gradual increase in depth, the stony sea bottom changes into sand or a mixture of stone and sand, and has developed a covering of brown and green algae (Dictyota dichotoma, Codium tomentosum, Codium bursa) as well as an accompanying species of sea cucumbers, sea urchins and starfish. Examples, and sometimes rarer turfs are often widely diffused, such as alga from the Cystoseira family that have only been preserved in two smaller areas of the Kostrena sea bed. On the muddy sandy bottom of the Svežanj Bay the remains of Cymodocea nodosa sea grass can be found where the Hippocampus hippocampus seahorse still finds a suitable habitat. The larger surfaces of sandy bottom with visible and faster deposits of particles is a suitable habitat for the colonies of Cladocora cespitosa, a ball-like, stone coral and widely spread Cnidaria, the solitary coral Balanophyllia europaea and the golden anemone Condylactis aurantiaca. The steep and darker stone bottoms by the shore or a bit further away from the shore are frequent in the Kostrena sea bed and are covered with green (Halimeda tuna) and red (Peyssonnelia squamaria) algae that completely cover the rigid and steep bottoms. The steep shore, the lesser light penetration and the stronger currents of sea water are suitable for the development of coral communities and examples of sea fan (Eunicella cavolinii) are still preserved even at a depth of 12 metres. These conditions favour the development of settlements of Yellow Cluster Anemone (Parazoanthus axinellae) covering an area under the rocks up to 3 m in depth as well as on the deeper rocky bottom. On the steep sea bottom, from 30 to 40 metres deep, a coral community has developed where the fauna of sponges has prevailed, particularly the yellow cave sponge Aplysina cavernicola. The Axinella cannabina is very rare and attracts attention with its size. In the free water close to the sea bottom there are frequent shoals of picarels, bogues and saddled sea breams. In places where the rocky bottom disappears, a bottom rich in rock fragments and tough remains of dead organisms continues. The bottom seems deserted, but most organisms live on the sea bottom so that our attention is attracted by a sea cucumber, a starfish or we might watch the wide variety of colours and elegant movements of the Mediterranean Crinoid (Antedon mediterranea) with enthusiasm. As we move away from the shore, the bottom is covered with tinier particles and turns into a muddy argillaceous surface with fauna including organisms that live on the sea bottom itself and prevail in the Rijeka Bay. This is why the coastal areas are still preserved, especially the coral communities where the sea fan Eunicella cavolinii dominates as well as, the protected species of algae (Fucus virsoides, Cystoseira corniculata), sea grass (Cymodocea nodosa), sponges (Aplysina cavernicola, Axinella cannabina, Tethya sp.), Cnidaria (Eunicella cavolinii, Cladocora cespitosa, Balanophyllia europaea, Condylactis aurantiaca), Echinoderms (Paracentrotus lividus, all sea cucumbers) and fish (Hippocampus hippocampus). The reason this initiative is being carried out is to proclaim part of the Kostrena sea bed as a protected area with the purpose of preserving its bio-diversity and further development based on the directions and principles of sustainable development. Kostrena caves and holes Under the stone surface and under the feet of the numerous visitors to Kostrena and its inhabitants is a hidden underground world. Numerous cold submarine springs located close to the shore, springs of fresh water under the sea’s surface give the hint of numerous fissures in the underground area where fresh water from the hinterland finds its way towards the sea shore. On its way to the springs and submarine springs, the fresh water passes through larger fissures and areas connected to the surface by means of underground channels. If the underground channels are horizontal these areas are known as caves, and if they are vertical we speak about holes. Up till now, there are 8 known caves and holes in Kostrena amongst which is the longest Urinj cave and the deepest Mali štumbur cave. The Urinj cave is 115 metres long and 24 metres deep and belongs to the category of anchialine speleological facilities. Anchialine caves or holes are mainly located close to the sea and are provided with water accumulations which are fresh on the surface, and salty, in the deeper layers. In the Urinj cave there is precisely this kind of 15 m deep lake. The Mali štumbur cave is some 45 metres deep and it also has a smaller lake connected to the sea. These kind of caves and holes that seemingly do not present favourable conditions for life are inhabited by especially adapted animals that have completely adapted to the cave habitat and which are known as troglobionts (land animals) and stygobionts (water animals). These animals that live in complete darkness have developed special adaptations such as long feelers and legs as well as special tactile fluff whilst they have lost their eyes and pigment that they no longer need. They also have a slow metabolism and ability of accumulation of fat reserves and live longer than their ground relatives. Taking into account that they live in conditions of constant darkness as well as a constant temperature and dampness, they have lost the day and night rhythm of their activities. The Dinaric Alps have been recognized as the richest area of cave fauna in the world and contribution to this richness has been given to the interesting Kostrena cave animals. Following bio-speleological research numerous interesting cave animals have been determined that inhabit both water and land habitats. The male spider of the Stalita taenaria species has been found and for the first time in Croatia the Rhode aspinifera spider species was discovered, described and recognized in Slovenia. Within the pseudoscorpions the Neobisium insulare species has been determined only on the islands of Cres and Krk. Within terrestrial isopods the Alpioniscus strasseri specie has been determined as well as the Androniscus roseus buccariensis species found for the first time since 1930s. Within the group of Coleoptera the Bathysciotes khevenhuelleri species has been found and from a group of springtails the Troglopedetes pallidus species too. The water cave animals are especially interesting in the Kostrena area and inhabit brackish waters and lakes within the caves. Within the group of Crustacea: the Decapoda the Troglocaris anophthalmus species has been determined, amongst the group of Amphipoda the Niphargus and within the water isopods the Monolistra species has also been found. Even new species have been recognised which science had not previously discovered in other caves before and which after being described scientifically will become the endemic species of Kostrena. These include species such as plankton small crabs from the Calanoid group that are only known from the lakes of the Urinj cave. Caves, their habitats and the animals that live there are extremely sensitive to changes occurring in the environment. There are numerous reasons that their survival might be jeopardised such as large technical, industrial and hydrological interventions within nature, landfill sites and sewage being left to seep into underground areas, as well as the physical jeopardizing of caves by quarries, infiltration of polluted precipitation, surface and wastewaters into the underground streams and other such circumstances. In the past a number of Kostrena caves have been completely ruined by large technical interventions such as Jama in the Martinšćica Bay whilst special attention should be dedicated to the preservation and protection of existing cave habitats and its fauna. The entire cave fauna and its habitat are protected by the Law on nature protection (NN 70/05, 139/08) and we should certainly devote additional efforts in order to preserve this valuable component of bio-diversity in Croatia. Kostrena’s archaeological heritage Prehistoric Solin and Sopalj castles On the highest hills, over the Municipality of the Kostrena settlement, we can find the prehistoric Solin and Sopalj castles. Solin hill with remains of the archaeological site is located on the north-western edge of Kostrena, above the deep Martinšćica Bay and Sušačka draga valley. A great position from which a panoramic view opens up to the eastern parts of the city of Rijeka was occupied even at the end of the Neolithic Age, whilst the colony lasted during the Chalcolithic (during the fourth and third millennium BC). From the accessible part of the hill, the site was protected during the half of second millennium BC by semicircular wall... With the fall of the Roman Empire, the local Roman inhabitants became jeopardized precisely because of the accessibility of the approach by sea and from the Roman roads. That is why, at the end of the 4th century AC, during the period of the attack of the Visigoths, the Kostrena inhabitants of that period built a new castle on the site of the ruined remains of the prehistoric castle up on the Solin hill. According to present knowledge, the shelter at the Solin was attacked, conquered and burnt around the year 600 by the first wave of the Avaric and Slavic conquerors of our coastal area. The Slavic colonists ruled Solin for some time, probably until the year 800 when the Avaric and Slavic troupes were destroyed by an attack by the French army and the Croats came to the area, from the north-western hinterland, inhabiting these areas permanently. Sopalj hill On the eastern edge of the Municipality of Kostrena, on the dominant stony, Sopalj hill from where a panoramic view extends over the Bakar Bay and Kvarner islands is the large prehistoric settlement, the Sopalj castle, a spacious area surrounded by two layers of walls. Sopalj was founded during the Bronze Age, in the second millennium BC, and as a surveillance and guarding station had the function of supervising access to the Bakar Bay almost until the present day. On the lower parts of Kostrena there are another two smaller surveillance points – Kula and Glavica. On Glavica we can find the squares of a smaller prehistoric colony. During t...
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Beaches Kostrena Our Kostrena peninsula is about 10 kilometers long, with a mild slope toward the sea coast. Along its length there are many beautiful beaches which are visited by thousands of swimmers during the summer months. The most famous and most popular are the beaches in Žurkovo Bay, then Smokvino, Svežanj, Spužvina, Podražica, Nova voda and Perilo. Sweet water springs The sea along the Kostrena coast is extraordinarily clean, but also one or two degrees colder, therefore, the average summer sea temperature is 22°C. This is due to many sweet water springs of which the biggest ones are Perilo in Žurkovo Bay, Stara voda, Perilo below places called Paveki and Perilo in Podurinj Bay. Until the mid 20th century those four springs were used for clothes washing. Women from nearby villages used to come to the springs with baskets filled with clothes and washed their clothes singing and chatting along. Kostrena is an old, popular seaside town mentioned for the first time at the beginning of the 15th century. In 1874 it gained its municipal independence for the first time. It lasted only two years. It is divided in two parts: St. Lucija and St. Barbara, with names inspired by the names of the two churches situated on its territory. Kostrena is situated in close vicinity of Rijeka, surrounded by Martinšćica and the Bay of Bakar. Our Kostrena peninsula is about 10 kilometers long, with a mild slope toward the sea coast. Along its length there are many beautiful beaches which are visited by thousands of swimmers during the summer months. The most famous and most popular are the beaches in Žurkovo Bay, then Smokvino, Svežanj, Spužvina, Podražica, Nova voda and Perilo. Kostrena consists of twenty settlements many of which are named after the families that used to inhabit them. Nowadays, the largest number of inhabitants live in Vrh Martinšćica, Glavani, Sv. Lucija, Rožmanići and Paveki. The area is marked by the characteristic karst area with the Mediterranean flora, familiar Kostrena dry stone walls, and a mild climate which sometimes changes due to the strong gusts of gale. The whole existence of Kostrena and Kostrena people is based on the sea element, and the maritime affairs have been their base orientation ever since the name Kostrena was mentioned for the first time. Kostrena has given many well known captains, among which is Pavao Randić who was the first person to sail across the Suez Canal before it was opened. Erazmo Bernard Tićac participated as a chief architect in the building of “Savanah”, a trader driven by nuclear power. Kuzma Franelić contributed to the fame and courage of our seamen through his participation in the rescue of “Titanic” passengers. Together with the famous captains and ship-builders, during the second part of the l9th century the ship-owners from Kostrena sv. Barbara owned 20 ships, while they had shares in 48. At the same time the ship-owners from Kostrena sv. Lucija owned 13 ships and had shares in 31. Unfortunately, at that time over 200 Kostrena seamen were forever lost in the darkness of the big blue. Kostrena tends to its cultural and social life and organizes events such as Autumn in Kostrena, Spring in Kostrena, summer events, Municipality Days. In winter the Kostrena Carnival is held in the Narodna čitaonica Hall (Peoples Library), while Špažićari Carnival group represents Kostrena at the International Carnival parade in Rijeka every year. There are a lot of clubs connected and active in the sea activities today in the Municipality and they are achieving significant results internationally. Among the famous organisations which are known outside Croatia are the Sailing Club JK Galeb, Undersea Activities Club KPA Kostrena and Sport Fishing Club ŠRD Kostrena, being the oldest organisation in the area. Kostrena people are also proud of its Football Club NK Pomorac. Kostrena’s archaeological heritage On the highest hills, over the Municipality of the Kostrena settlement, we can find the prehistoric Solin and Sopalj castles. Solin hill with remains of the archaeological site is located on the north-western edge of Kostrena, above the deep Martinšćica Bay and Sušačka draga valley. A great position from which a panoramic view opens up to the eastern parts of the city of Rijeka was occupied even at the end of the Neolithic Age, whilst the colony lasted during the Chalcolithic (during the fourth and third millennium BC). Kostrena caves and holes Under the stone surface and under the feet of the numerous visitors to Kostrena and its inhabitants is a hidden underground world. Numerous cold submarine springs located close to the shore, springs of fresh water under the sea’s surface give the hint of numerous fissures in the underground area where fresh water from the hinterland finds its way towards the sea shore. The largest tank with mural in Croatia After three months of hard work, on July 11, 2018 Croatian company INA – Rijeka Oil Refinery presented the largest tank with mural in Croatia that was created in collaboration with Municipality of Kostrena. This attractively painted tank 338-S-021 A is work of the local academic painter Edi Gustin Maska, and its nautical motifs embellish the panorama of Kostrena. The tank is 2000m2 big, and 1600 buckets of paint were used to paint it The Kostrena sea bed Submarine relief Kostrena coast has always attracted numerous walkers, swimmers and recreationists as it is one of the most beautiful promenades by the sea where dense sub Mediterranean and Mediterranean vegetation touches the coastal area of steep karst rocks, numerous caves and half caves as well as its pebbles beaches. Although the Kostrena coast is roughly indented, its sea bed relief is very diverse so that, by the coastal area itself, steep areas can be found that separate the shallow from the deep part of the sea bed. Protected area The climatic characteristics, the types of sea bottom and the influence of human activities have resulted in the development of sea bottom communities. So in the area of tide and low tide a strong influence of submarine springs can be found where, great clusters of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) have developed on the rocky sea bottom. Besides these shellfish, the common barnacle (Balanus perforatus) can often be found in this area which bears a higher level of wastewaters. Kostrena’s coastal area is located in the north-eastern part of the Rijeka Bay, and extends from Martinšćica Bay to the entrance of Bakar Bay. This part of the coast as well as the whole of the northern coast of Rijeka’s Bay is influenced by a number of human activities, from the effect of communal wastewaters, smaller ports, shipyards, to athermal power plant and an oil refinery. Then again, the Kostrena coast has always attracted numerous walkers, swimmers and recreationists as it is one of the most beautiful promenades by the sea where dense sub Mediterranean and Mediterranean vegetation touches the coastal area of steep karst rocks, numerous caves and half caves as well as its pebbles beaches. Although the Kostrena coast is roughly indented, its sea bed relief is very diverse so that, by the coastal area itself, steep areas can be found that separate the shallow from the deep part of the sea bed. The climatic characteristics, the types of sea bottom and the influence of human activities have resulted in the development of sea bottom communities. So in the area of tide and low tide a strong influence of submarine springs can be found where, great clusters of mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) have developed on the rocky sea bottom. Besides these shellfish, the common barnacle (Balanus perforatus) can often be found in this area which bears a higher level of wastewaters. Although in the past dense settlements could be found here, today we can find smaller clusters and less developed examples of our endemic species, the Adriatic brown macro alga (Fucus virsoides). In the shallower waters, in the area that is continually submerged, a community of infralittoral algae can be found during the summer months on the stony bottom at up to 5 m depth forming a whitish rug of Acetabularia acetabulum and the brown alga Padina pavonica, and our attention is attracted by the yellow finger-like extensions of the Yellow Tube Sponge (Aplysina aerophoba). The sea bottom is densely overgrown with vegetation and is suitable for the settlement of a number of other organisms: from polychaetes, gastropoda, bivalves, crustaceans, echinoderms to bottom fish (comb tooth blennies, gobies, Mediterranean rainbow wrasse, Chromis chromis, Salema porgy). With a gradual increase in depth, the stony sea bottom changes into sand or a mixture of stone and sand, and has developed a covering of brown and green algae (Dictyota dichotoma, Codium tomentosum, Codium bursa) as well as an accompanying species of sea cucumbers, sea urchins and starfish. Examples, and sometimes rarer turfs are often widely diffused, such as alga from the Cystoseira family that have only been preserved in two smaller areas of the Kostrena sea bed. On the muddy sandy bottom of the Svežanj Bay the remains of Cymodocea nodosa sea grass can be found where the Hippocampus hippocampus seahorse still finds a suitable habitat. The larger surfaces of sandy bottom with visible and faster deposits of particles is a suitable habitat for the colonies of Cladocora cespitosa, a ball-like, stone coral and widely spread Cnidaria, the solitary coral Balanophyllia europaea and the golden anemone Condylactis aurantiaca. The steep and darker stone bottoms by the shore or a bit further away from the shore are frequent in the Kostrena sea bed and are covered with green (Halimeda tuna) and red (Peyssonnelia squamaria) algae that completely cover the rigid and steep bottoms. The steep shore, the lesser light penetration and the stronger currents of sea water are suitable for the development of coral communities and examples of sea fan (Eunicella cavolinii) are still preserved even at a depth of 12 metres. These conditions favour the development of settlements of Yellow Cluster Anemone (Parazoanthus axinellae) covering an area under the rocks up to 3 m in depth as well as on the deeper rocky bottom. On the steep sea bottom, from 30 to 40 metres deep, a coral community has developed where the fauna of sponges has prevailed, particularly the yellow cave sponge Aplysina cavernicola. The Axinella cannabina is very rare and attracts attention with its size. In the free water close to the sea bottom there are frequent shoals of picarels, bogues and saddled sea breams. In places where the rocky bottom disappears, a bottom rich in rock fragments and tough remains of dead organisms continues. The bottom seems deserted, but most organisms live on the sea bottom so that our attention is attracted by a sea cucumber, a starfish or we might watch the wide variety of colours and elegant movements of the Mediterranean Crinoid (Antedon mediterranea) with enthusiasm. As we move away from the shore, the bottom is covered with tinier particles and turns into a muddy argillaceous surface with fauna including organisms that live on the sea bottom itself and prevail in the Rijeka Bay. This is why the coastal areas are still preserved, especially the coral communities where the sea fan Eunicella cavolinii dominates as well as, the protected species of algae (Fucus virsoides, Cystoseira corniculata), sea grass (Cymodocea nodosa), sponges (Aplysina cavernicola, Axinella cannabina, Tethya sp.), Cnidaria (Eunicella cavolinii, Cladocora cespitosa, Balanophyllia europaea, Condylactis aurantiaca), Echinoderms (Paracentrotus lividus, all sea cucumbers) and fish (Hippocampus hippocampus). The reason this initiative is being carried out is to proclaim part of the Kostrena sea bed as a protected area with the purpose of preserving its bio-diversity and further development based on the directions and principles of sustainable development. Kostrena caves and holes Under the stone surface and under the feet of the numerous visitors to Kostrena and its inhabitants is a hidden underground world. Numerous cold submarine springs located close to the shore, springs of fresh water under the sea’s surface give the hint of numerous fissures in the underground area where fresh water from the hinterland finds its way towards the sea shore. On its way to the springs and submarine springs, the fresh water passes through larger fissures and areas connected to the surface by means of underground channels. If the underground channels are horizontal these areas are known as caves, and if they are vertical we speak about holes. Up till now, there are 8 known caves and holes in Kostrena amongst which is the longest Urinj cave and the deepest Mali štumbur cave. The Urinj cave is 115 metres long and 24 metres deep and belongs to the category of anchialine speleological facilities. Anchialine caves or holes are mainly located close to the sea and are provided with water accumulations which are fresh on the surface, and salty, in the deeper layers. In the Urinj cave there is precisely this kind of 15 m deep lake. The Mali štumbur cave is some 45 metres deep and it also has a smaller lake connected to the sea. These kind of caves and holes that seemingly do not present favourable conditions for life are inhabited by especially adapted animals that have completely adapted to the cave habitat and which are known as troglobionts (land animals) and stygobionts (water animals). These animals that live in complete darkness have developed special adaptations such as long feelers and legs as well as special tactile fluff whilst they have lost their eyes and pigment that they no longer need. They also have a slow metabolism and ability of accumulation of fat reserves and live longer than their ground relatives. Taking into account that they live in conditions of constant darkness as well as a constant temperature and dampness, they have lost the day and night rhythm of their activities. The Dinaric Alps have been recognized as the richest area of cave fauna in the world and contribution to this richness has been given to the interesting Kostrena cave animals. Following bio-speleological research numerous interesting cave animals have been determined that inhabit both water and land habitats. The male spider of the Stalita taenaria species has been found and for the first time in Croatia the Rhode aspinifera spider species was discovered, described and recognized in Slovenia. Within the pseudoscorpions the Neobisium insulare species has been determined only on the islands of Cres and Krk. Within terrestrial isopods the Alpioniscus strasseri specie has been determined as well as the Androniscus roseus buccariensis species found for the first time since 1930s. Within the group of Coleoptera the Bathysciotes khevenhuelleri species has been found and from a group of springtails the Troglopedetes pallidus species too. The water cave animals are especially interesting in the Kostrena area and inhabit brackish waters and lakes within the caves. Within the group of Crustacea: the Decapoda the Troglocaris anophthalmus species has been determined, amongst the group of Amphipoda the Niphargus and within the water isopods the Monolistra species has also been found. Even new species have been recognised which science had not previously discovered in other caves before and which after being described scientifically will become the endemic species of Kostrena. These include species such as plankton small crabs from the Calanoid group that are only known from the lakes of the Urinj cave. Caves, their habitats and the animals that live there are extremely sensitive to changes occurring in the environment. There are numerous reasons that their survival might be jeopardised such as large technical, industrial and hydrological interventions within nature, landfill sites and sewage being left to seep into underground areas, as well as the physical jeopardizing of caves by quarries, infiltration of polluted precipitation, surface and wastewaters into the underground streams and other such circumstances. In the past a number of Kostrena caves have been completely ruined by large technical interventions such as Jama in the Martinšćica Bay whilst special attention should be dedicated to the preservation and protection of existing cave habitats and its fauna. The entire cave fauna and its habitat are protected by the Law on nature protection (NN 70/05, 139/08) and we should certainly devote additional efforts in order to preserve this valuable component of bio-diversity in Croatia. Kostrena’s archaeological heritage Prehistoric Solin and Sopalj castles On the highest hills, over the Municipality of the Kostrena settlement, we can find the prehistoric Solin and Sopalj castles. Solin hill with remains of the archaeological site is located on the north-western edge of Kostrena, above the deep Martinšćica Bay and Sušačka draga valley. A great position from which a panoramic view opens up to the eastern parts of the city of Rijeka was occupied even at the end of the Neolithic Age, whilst the colony lasted during the Chalcolithic (during the fourth and third millennium BC). From the accessible part of the hill, the site was protected during the half of second millennium BC by semicircular wall... With the fall of the Roman Empire, the local Roman inhabitants became jeopardized precisely because of the accessibility of the approach by sea and from the Roman roads. That is why, at the end of the 4th century AC, during the period of the attack of the Visigoths, the Kostrena inhabitants of that period built a new castle on the site of the ruined remains of the prehistoric castle up on the Solin hill. According to present knowledge, the shelter at the Solin was attacked, conquered and burnt around the year 600 by the first wave of the Avaric and Slavic conquerors of our coastal area. The Slavic colonists ruled Solin for some time, probably until the year 800 when the Avaric and Slavic troupes were destroyed by an attack by the French army and the Croats came to the area, from the north-western hinterland, inhabiting these areas permanently. Sopalj hill On the eastern edge of the Municipality of Kostrena, on the dominant stony, Sopalj hill from where a panoramic view extends over the Bakar Bay and Kvarner islands is the large prehistoric settlement, the Sopalj castle, a spacious area surrounded by two layers of walls. Sopalj was founded during the Bronze Age, in the second millennium BC, and as a surveillance and guarding station had the function of supervising access to the Bakar Bay almost until the present day. On the lower parts of Kostrena there are another two smaller surveillance points – Kula and Glavica. On Glavica we can find the squares of a smaller prehistoric colony. During t...
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