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Kvarner Bay in Croatia: pictures from Kostrena and Senj.

Kostrena beach on the Kvarner Bay
Pebble Beach in Kostrena on the Kvarner Bay in Croatia.

Kostrena is a popular seaside town located on the coast of the Kvarner Gulf (Croatia). It consists of twenty settlements, many of which are named after the families. It is known for its beaches, its 3-km long coastal path, its water sports, the biodiversity of underwater along the coastal zone, eight caves (incl. Urinjska Cave which is 115 meters long and  up to  24 meters deep and Mali štumbur cave, both containing a pond), and the prehistoric ruins of Solin and Sopalj hills.

The most visited beaches are those of the Žurkovo bay, Smokvinovo, Svežanj, Spužvina, Podražica, Nova Voda and Perilo. .

The Botanical garden of Kostrena that stretches over 6.5 hectares contains 246 plant species, including Provence Orchis (Orchis provincialis), Broad Leaved Anemone (Anemone hortensis), Adriatic violet (Viola adriatica) and many more.

Senj on the Kvarner Bay
Senj on the Kvarner Bay in Croatia.

Senj is a town located on the coast of the Kvarner Gulf at the foot of the Mala Kapela and Velebit mountains (Croatia). It has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The town is known for its cultural heritage, literature and tradition. Besides a winter carnival, it hosts yearly an international summer carnival on six days of August.

Other cultural events in Senj include the Senj Klape Festival (a festival of a cappella Klapa singing), the Uskok Days (a three-day medieval feast at the famous fortress Nehaj in July), Senj Music Summer (classical music), and Senj Summer Games (games on water and land in Senj harbor).

Senj is the center of a region covering more than 650 km² and encompassing numerous small towns and villages, a 76-km long maritime coast as well as two protected areas (Velebit Nature Park and  Northern Velebit). It offers various opportunities of diving and swimming in the sea and trekking in the mountains.



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This is the official web site of the tourist board of Kostrena on the Kvarner Bay, Croatia. The site is currently available in Croatian.
This is the official site of the tourist board of Senj on the Kvarner Bay, Croatia.

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