After Dubrovnik we travel northward along the coast: the Zrmanje Canyon, Starigrad, Karlobag, Senj, Rijeka and the Krk island were our last (short) stops before we finally reached Slovenia.
This part of Croatia offers a great variation of scenic beauty: from bleak landscape to green canyons and amazing mountains.
Zrmanja, for example, is a 69km long river in north Dalmatia is 69 km long. It rises in the foot of the mountain of Velebit flows to the Adriatic sea near Novigrad. At its end, the river flows through an incredible 200 m deep canyon. Of course, this spectacular place was used as filming location in the past as well – several Winnetou movies were shot there too.
During the way up along the coast, you can always see the island Pag – an rocky island well know for it’s sheep and their cheese. Further north, the islands along the coast turn greener and greener. And finally we reached Rijeka, the third-largest city of Croatia (after Zagreb and Split) and its principal seaport. Rijeka’s old town is quite small and can easily be explored by foot. After the sight seeing, I can recommend taking a break in one of the many cafés at the Korzo.
Near Rijeka, Krk the largest island in the Adriatic sea is located. Krk is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and since it’s one of the busiest island as well, you should plan a little extra time to get there. But it’s definitely worth all traffic… Krk is a beautiful green island with amazing beaches, and great (small) towns. Especially Dobrinj, a town with less than 2.000 inhabitants, is worth visiting. The town is located on a small hill from where you have a wonderful outlook.