Kvarner newsletter / no 50

Dear friends and business partners!

If you are looking for a place to relax and restore your energy after the long, cold winter, we recommend visiting Opatija in March. This romantic town with a long history of tourism traditionally opens its doors in the first month of spring to all those eager to restore their physical and mental health. Classical wellness packages or those based on new knowledge and special techniques combine excursions into nature and walks along the sea – guaranteed well-being for the mind and body.
March on Kvarner will also be livened up by numerous exhibitions, from those focusing on culture to those selling souvenirs, various food festivals, and interesting competitions. In Crikvenica, a town celebrating the 600th anniversary of its first mention in a written document, you can even try to create a new dessert. Believe it or not, your hosts in Crikvenica are inviting you to create a recipe for a new cake, original in shape and serving method, to become a souvenir of this town as a reminder of this anniversary. The ingredients are of course prescribed, and the most successful creator of the Pauline Cake – a name that evokes the Pauline monks and their activities in this region – will sign an agreement for the creation of the new gastro souvenir of Crikvenica.
A lot of news awaits you here on Kvarner. The region's tourism professionals are continuously striving to offer visitors new opportunities to relax and have fun, making improvements to the hotels and the environment, and to further improve the hospitality offered. Simply put, your hosts will be as attentive as possible to your needs and respond to your wishes in the way you expect them to! We feel confident that you will have many opportunities to see for yourself how successful they are at this, regardless whether you are staying in a hotel, on a campsite, or in a private house. If you decide to stay in private accommodation, you will have a fine opportunity to become acquainted with the local way of life, its gastronomy and traditional customs. You might even experience that laid-back way of living in touch with nature, about which you have only heard before. Here on Kvarner you can experience first-hand all the advantages of such a life.

Welcome!

Yours faithfully
Irena Peršić Živadinov,
Director of the Kvarner County Tourism Office

 
 
Wellness Opatija
March – Wellness Open Days Month

Traditionally in March, Opatija hosts the Wellness Open Days event, offering a wide range of wellness packages and services, and also numerous special offers to make your wellness experience here even more interesting and more easily accessible.

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Wellness Opatija - March – Wellness Open Days Month  
Crikvenica
An extensive programme of events to mark the 600th anniversary

This year in Crikvenica will be dedicated to marking the 600th anniversary of the first time the town's name was mentioned in a written document. This will be an opportunity for the inhabitants of Crikvenica and their guests to learn many interesting facts about the town's history, while also creating something new and original: the Crikvenica Tourist Board invites all interested parties to create a new Pauline Cake…

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Crikvenica - An extensive programme of events to mark the 600th anniversary
6th DORF Rijeka – Documentary Rock Film Festival
Discover the secret history of rock

The sixth Documentary Rock Film Festival, DORF 2012, which takes place in Rijeka from 15 to 18 March, will include the largest number of film screenings so far on this festival, and a rich accompanying programme, offering visitors a great chance to learn some secrets from the history of rock that have never been told before, and discover many interesting new things about their rock idols.

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6th DORF Rijeka – Documentary Rock Film Festival - Discover the secret history of rock  
Opatija's Coffee Festival
When the entire town smells of coffee …

From 30 March until 1 April, the top theme in Opatija will be the enjoyment of your favourite morning drink – coffee. The new Coffee Festival will offer visitors three days of coffee sampling and a great chance to savour a wide variety of desserts made of coffee with aromas that you may not have encountered before…

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Opatija's Coffee Festival - When the entire town smells of coffee …
We proudly present
Lovranske vile – healing programmes

There are not many wellness hotels boasting programmes like those offered by the Lovranske vile company. What makes its accommodation properties – the Villa Astra, Villa Adela and Casa Oraj – so unique are not just the superb programmes and services offered, but the way in which, every detail in the properties has been carefully designed to create a special atmosphere that helps heal your mind and body.

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We proudly present - Lovranske vile – healing programmes  
Days of Tourism on the island of Lošinj
Two anniversaries –many reasons to celebrate!

The first official Tourism Society on the island of Lošinj was established in March 1887. Only five years later, the towns of Mali Lošinj and Veli Lošinj were declared climatic health resorts. This year, the island will mark the 120th and 125th anniversaries in a special way.

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Days of Tourism on the island of Lošinj - Two anniversaries –many reasons to celebrate!
 
Time for promotion
How familiar are you with Kvarner's heritage?

This April, Opatija's Slatina Beach will host two important exhibitions. The Kvarner Expo (from 4 to 7 April) and the Gast Expo (from 12 to 15 April) will provide an excellent opportunity for the local producers of souvenirs, wine and original products to present their offer to the public.

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Time for promotion - How familiar are you with Kvarner's heritage?
Run and Enjoy
Are you getting ready for the Opatija Marathon?

If you enjoy running marathons, the one in Opatija will show you that this enjoyment can be even better. And there's still enough time to prepare for it, because this year the fifth "Run and Enjoy" international athletic and tourist event is scheduled for 22 July.

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Run and Enjoy - Are you getting ready for the Opatija Marathon?
 
MTB Učka Marathon – a World Championship race
Lovran and Učka to host the world's best cyclists

This year, the leaders of the World Cycling Federation have given a great boost to the traditional Kvarner MTB Učka Marathon by listing it among the 10 top UCI Mountain Bike Marathon Series races, which will also count towards the World Cycling Championship. Therefore we announce an important date – 29 July, the day of the Učka mountain bike race!

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MTB Učka Marathon – a World Championship race - Lovran and Učka to host the world's best cyclists
New opening for Rijeka's Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
New design for the TIC and new brochure for Rijeka

Although Rijeka's Tourist Information Centre moved to a new address (Korzo 14) a few months ago, its new office has only recently been officially opened after careful refurbishment and the implementation of a new marketing design. In addition, a comprehensive new promotional brochure has been prepared for Rijeka's visitors.

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New opening for Rijeka's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) - New design for the TIC and new brochure for Rijeka
 
Rijeka – fairs in March
Five large international exhibitions

If you are interested in local gastronomic heritage, hunting and fishing, tourism trades, interior decoration, new technologies, or the motor car industry, we suggest visiting Rijeka's Dvorana mladosti hall from 22 until 25 March, when as many as five large international fairs will be taking place there.

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Rijeka – fairs in March - Five large international exhibitions
Rijeka Astronomy Centre
Embark on a space adventure

If you would like to learn more about space, what far-away planets look like, and many other interesting things, we suggest embarking on a true space adventure in the popular Rijeka Astronomy Centre. On 17 March, the centre will mark the International Day of Planetaria with an attractive programme.

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Rijeka Astronomy Centre - Embark on a space adventure
 
Easter Monday
Old timers in Opatija

For many visitors, Easter Monday is a perfect day for relaxation, taking a laid-back stroll and enjoying early spring. However, for the third year in a row, visitors to Opatija on Easter Monday will have the chance to admire beautiful classic cars. If you are planning a holiday on Kvarner, do not miss the chance to visit Opatija's Slatina Beach on Easter Monday.

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Easter Monday - Old timers in Opatija