Things to do in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County

Our most recommended things to do in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County

Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

1. Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

Begin your ziplining adventure at the zipline base located near the monument of the Glagolitic Alley. Here you’ll be provided with a zipline safety harness and additional ziplining equipment. Afterward, travel by jeep to the zipline starting point where you’ll be briefed on how to zipline and zipline safety measures. Learn how to zipline in the monkey style on a so-called baby zipline before starting the zipline tour. Once everyone is comfortable using the zipline the group will start the tour. The zipline tour consists of 8 ziplines, with the longest zip line reaching 700 meters. Enjoy the stunning views of the Island of Krk as you travel along the zipline course. Along the way, you’ll be guided by 2 instructors and have the chance to take some amazing photos while on the tour. After everyone has completed the 8 ziplines, you’ll be transported back to the base.

Baška: Rab Island and Zavratnica Fjord Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Baška: Rab Island and Zavratnica Fjord Boat Tour with Lunch

Spend a day on the water with this boat tour from Baška. See the island of Grgur which was home to a political prison, eat your fill of mouth-watering dishes with a buffet lunch on the island of Rab, and see the remains of a sunken ship at the Zavratnica fjord. Meet your guide in the morning in Baška and hop aboard a spacious and comfortable boat. Feel the wind in your hair as you relax in the covered seating area on the way past the island of Grgur which was home to a former women's political prison.  Continue to the town of Rab where you will have some free time to discover this 3,000-year-old town. Sit down to a delectable buffet lunch with dishes like cakes, fruit, and ice cream at a local hotel in Rab before heading to the Zavratnica fjord. View the remains of a wrecked ship from World War II at the Zavratnica fjord. Stop to swim in the turquoise waters while looking up at the dramatic Velebit Mountains which surround you. Glide past the island of Grgur once more on the way back to your meeting point in Baška in the evening light.

Rijeka: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

3. Rijeka: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you can meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the proteus (olm), up close. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, astonishing diversity of karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors. From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his which helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year.

Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

4. Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here and hosts brandy producers from all over Istria.  In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria, Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic, has a crown that is crenulated and dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th-century parish church. In the center square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building when it was built. Many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for finding truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus that grows underground. These white truffles of Istria, which are in season from September to December, are said to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides and Istria’s finest wines including the red Teran and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants serving konobe. The city of Labin is an old medieval town located on a 320-meter hill with the new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artists. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova, there is the Sculpture Par where International Sculptors Symposium have taken place for the past 40 years. In the summer, the old center is taken over by the Art Republic, which is a combination of music, performance, and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor, built in 1587, lead to the old town. There is also a 17th-century tower in the town offering a magnificent view. 

Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

5. Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

Situated near the base of the Istrian peninsula, Pula is the largest city in Istria. Its most famous attraction, the well-preserved Roman amphitheater, is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Croatia. Pula, like the rest of the region, it is known for its mild climate, smooth sea, beautiful beaches, and unspoiled nature. Throughout your tour you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, and the Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town center. Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain a friendly small-town appeal. Although marred with residential and holiday developments, the coast is dotted with fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and a clutch of good restaurants. The main town square offers you the chance to relax in a unique atmosphere, with the square having managed to retain its role as the meeting place since the Augustan Age. Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on the Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year. Rovinj manages to combine its rich tradition with modern times in a very interesting way. As it is also an active fishing port, you can experience the atmosphere of a small fishing village. On the other hand, the town has been developing exquisite gastronomy and offers a high standard of tourist services in general. The city at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia is the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Walking down its streets, you will bump into many art galleries and studios.

From Rijeka: Golden Island of Krk Tour

6. From Rijeka: Golden Island of Krk Tour

Among the 1185 Croatian islands, the island Krk is known as the Golden Island. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good geographical position, and variety of natural and cultural beauties gave it, even in ancient times, the name “golden island”.  Discover the island with a knowledgeable guide as you uncover its charms and treasures. Cruise through its beautiful and varied landscapes and visit its thousand-year-old monuments. Breathe in the sea air while walking along the romantic pathways by the sea or along the wild shepherd’s rock paths. Enjoy the magical tastes of Krk cuisine and delightful home-made wine. During the tour, you'll see the sights of the old city centre and discover the island's cultural and historical heritage.

Zagorje: Full-Day Custom Tour from Zagreb

7. Zagorje: Full-Day Custom Tour from Zagreb

Head out from Zagreb center towards Klanjec city, immersed in noble history. Enter a church from the 17th century, built by the noble Erdody family as a family mausoleum. In the basement of the convent, see two sarcophagi made for the burial of the Habsburg royal family. Continue to Kumrovec, an open-air museum with restored houses from the beginning of the 20th century, and the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the famous Yugoslav president.  Move on to the preserved castle Veliki Tabor. Hear one of the most beautiful Croatian love stories, the legend of Veronika. After a lunch break with traditional Zagorje food, continue to Krapina city to see the Evolution Museum and Neanderthal findings. Discover history from the Big Bang to the construction of the museum. Finally, visit the fairytale Trakošćan castle. Discover this recently restored medieval fortress, with original furniture and fittings. Stroll around the grounds before returning to Zagreb.

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What people are saying about Primorje-Gorski Kotar County

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Very nice boat tour in a very clean ship with enough space. The boat was not crowded and there was good space. Drinks were available for purchase on the ship itself. The guide was very experienced and the whole crew was very nice. The time was kept almost on time and the stops are optimally chosen. We did the tour with two children and it was a great and unforgettable trip.

All I can say is that everything was great, from the equipment and instructors to the support during the tour and the experience itself. If we are back on Krk next year, the tour will definitely be a highlight of our vacation again.

A very nice experience to experience once, because of the different heights, speed and distances it makes it fun! The guidance was top notch! Well worth it!

The best Zipline ever hands up and all the staff is really friendly and helpful. It was an amazing experience that I would do again and again for sure.

It was just a wonderful little adventure! Would do it again anytime. Good organization with great guides. Thanks for the great experience.