Situated in Kvarner Bay, on the northern part of Opatija Riviera under the Učka mountain, Mošćenička Draga is famous for its breathtaking beaches. When you get bored with the 19th century glamour and vividness of Opatija and Lovran, you can find your escape in this peaceful piece of heaven. It used to be a fisherman village, while today it is a picturesque little place with two breathtaking beaches, Sipar and Sv. Ivan and beautiful waterfront promenade bordered with the centuries old pine trees and the old austro-hungarian villas. The beauty of the place, its peacefulness and healing sea and mountain air have been attracting tourists since the late 19th century till the present day.
Only an hour and a half drive from the capital, a few kilometres north from the city of Rijeka, bordered with the blue Adriatic sea on one, and the magnificent mountain Učka on the other side, lies Opatija Riviera. It carries the touch of glamour from the past days when Austro-Hungarian aristocracy used to spend their holidays there, leaving their trail in its beautiful hotels, Venetian-style villas and exotic gardens. For its beauty and rich tourist history it can be compared to the French Riviera.
It is said to be the best Advent destination in Europe in 2016. I don't know whether it is true or not, but in December Zagreb is definitely transformed into a fairyland. A fairyland of Christmas lights, Christmas trees, stands from which the smell of mulled wine, fritule (a kind of doughnuts) and other delicious fried food is spread, all complemented by cheerful melodies of Christmas songs. It is definitely a joyful time when people somehow feel happier, more alive, more enthusiastic to go out, meet friends and share happy moments.
On the slopes of Velebit mountain in Lika, 30 km from the Adriatic coast and 60 km from Plitvice Lakes National Park lies a small village called Kuterevo well known among the nature lovers for the Bear Refuge situated in it. Kuterevo extends on 6 km valley and counts 634 habitants. It is situated 10 km from the National park Northern Velebit. People in the village are very hospitable and tolerant, which is necessary for coexistence of people and bears.
We can definitely say that Makarska Riviera is one of the most beautiful parts of the Croatian coast with around sixty kilometres of breathtaking white pebble beaches bordered on one side with the crystal blue clear sea and on the other side with the green belt of pine trees above which rises the magnificent mountain Biokovo. The Riviera is settled fifty kilometres south of Split and a hundred kilometres north of Dubrovnik and is one of the sunniest and warmest places in Croatia. The largest place is Makarska and other popular places are Brela, Baška Voda, Tučepi, Podgora etc. They are former fisherman villages and nowdays mainly tourism oriented.