The city of Rijeka is also important for religious tourism, namely on Trsat, which is located in the eastern part of the city at an elevation of 135 meters above sea level. Once there, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat stands tall, it’s the oldest Croatian sanctuary which worships the Mother of God and has existed since 1291. Many spiritual and cultural events are held right here. The view of the city itself and the Adriatic Sea is breath-taking from the Castle just down the road!

If heading away from the coast and up to the mountains, particularly Gorski kotar, then we recommend a visit to the Risnjak National Park, famous for its crystal-clear air, centuries-old forests and three carnivorous mammals; wolves, bears and lynxes. Apart from exploring the area on foot, you can take part in game stalking, fishing and mountain biking - as well as indulging in hearty mountain cuisine. Whilst there, you can also visit the Museum of Frogs in a small place called Lokve, the only of its kind in Europe. As this area is full of forests and streams, frogs have always played an important role in peoples' lives, so why not get an insight into their secret habitat and learn about their role and impact on the culture of the region, including literature and art. Gorski kotar offers a quiet yet serene holiday amidst nature, a place to thoroughly relax.

To sum up, the city of Rijeka and the entire Kvarner region are wide awake during the winter months with a number of interesting events and activities up for grabs, and the rest is left to you dear readers. May your holidays begin!

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