The little old coastal town of Kraljevica is located at the entrance to the Bay of Bakar, right in the heart of the blue Gulf of Kvarner, just where the roads from the interior first touch the sea. A landscape brimming with the blue of the sea and the sky and the green of luxuriant vegetation is dominated by two medieval castles and a church, a legacy of the ancient Croatian noble family, the Zrinski. The historic castle now has a new life, providing a home for a wide range of entertaining and artistic events.
If we take a look into the past, we will find out that Kraljevica was mentioned as early as in 1242, for it was here that King Bela IV took refuge during the Mongol invasion. It used to be famous as a port of the Austrian navy, and is the site of the oldest shipyard in the Adriatic. Thanks to its healthy climate, natural beauties and favourable geographic position it was one of the first health-oriented resorts, back at the end of the last century. It was actually on the Kraljevica peninsula, called Oštro, that one of the first public bathing places on the northern Croatian coast was built.
Kraljevica is the centre of the region, which has many other places one needs to see: picturesque Bakarac in the Bay of Bakar, Križišće, Dol in verdant Vinodol, Šmrika on a plateau above the sea, and Neriz in a lovely bay to the south. Its proximity to the big centres, the accommodation provided in hotels, motels, private apartments and campsites, as well as a multitude of facilities for recreation, boating and yachting, submarine exploration, and plenty goings on in the arts and entertainment all make Kraljevica a highly attractive holiday resort.