Kraljevica Travel Guide

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The city of Kraljevica is located at the south edge of Bakar bay is easter part of Kvarner, near the point where the island of Krk is closest to the coast; 26 km south of Rijeka on the road towards Zadar. Kraljevica lies  in the Vinodolski channel, at the entrance to the Bakarski bay, on a slightly inclined slope, in an area of favorable climate. The city is located at a very good natural harbor point. It is populated in 15th century, and at first named Portorium, meaning the "customs place", latter corrupted to "Porto Re" - royal port, or in Croatian version which is in use since early
17th century - Kraljevica. The roads from inland reach the coast at this point, and in middle 18th centry a military shipyard was build here. In the 1993 reform Kraljevica lost status of a city (bacame community), but it was regained in 1997.

The coat of arms of Kraljevica is already mentioned in pre-WWI sources, so it must have been granted by Austrian emperors. It was recently (re)adopted, together with the accompanying flag. The coat of arms in canting, refering to the Italian name of the city: Azure, an Anchor Or ensigned by a Crown.

Since the 19th century, it has been a famous tourist destination with luxurious villas and swimming beaches. The sandy and pebble beaches on the Ostro peninsula are the main tourist attractions, while the nearby bays of Scott and Dubno also have wonderful beaches. A well-equipped campsite surrounded by pine trees is not far away. Kraljevica is easily accessible from all directions and we recommend it to families with children and, due to its favorable climate, to those with respiratory problems and allergies. Besides the swimming beaches and the diverse gastronomic specialties, Kraljevica also offers a variety of sporting activities and entertainment: sailing, diving courses, water sports, many cultural events and much more.

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May 19, 2005 change by giorgio

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