Health tourism

- Thalassotherapia Crikvenica

The Thalassotherapia Crikvenica is a medical centre with a hundred-year tradition of using thalassotherapy in health care, prevention, medical holidays and rehabilitation. More...


Polyclinic for baromedicine Oxy 

Oxy is a private medical institute specialising in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). More...


Terme Selce

The Terme Selce Health and Sports Centre is located on the Crikvenica Riviera and continues the area's long tradition of health tourism. More...


Polyclinic Katunar 

The Polyclinic Katunar was the first registered private polyclinic in Primorje-Gorski kotar County. It was established in 1994 and includes a clinic for tourists and offers various specialist medical services. More...


Health tourism

The roots of health activities in Crikvenica date back to the Pauline monks, who paid particular attention to medicine and pharmacy, studied medical manuscripts, books and folk medicine, cultivated medicinal plants, and turned a part of their monastery into a shelter and hospice for their ill brothers, pilgrims, the poor and other patients. The first tourists came to Crikvenica to benefit from the area's sun, sea and air, so it is health tourism that paved the way for modern tourism in Crikvenica.

The area's excellent conditions for the development of health tourism were noticed as early as the 19th century. These include the beneficial Mediterranean climate and microclimate, fresh air, clean sea, and the beautiful unspoilt natural surroundings. In 1889, the pharmacist Ivan Polić assumed the management of the first modern pharmacy in Crikvenica. In 1900, the Society for the Embellishment and Improvement of Crikvenica established a weather station in Crikvenica, which started work on 1 April 1901, and is today one of the three oldest in Croatia.

Since the 19th century, many local and international magazines and tourist guides have published articles on Crikvenica. At the turn of the 20th century, two of Crikvenica's large hotels, the Archduke Joseph (today the Kvarner Palace) and Miramare, were the first to open hydropathic establishments. This period also saw the opening of a number of health institutions for adults and children (Ladislav's Children's Home, the Czech Colony, Mojmir, etc.) and specialist sanatoriums (the Dr. Seidl Sanatorium, the Villa Ružica Teacher's Sanatorium, etc.) Smaller villas hosted various children's sanatoria, mostly of a social nature. Over time, sanatoria were built in separate buildings.

The area's Health Commission was established in accordance with the new Healthcare Act on 25 March 1906, the same year that Crikvenica was officially declared a climatic health and sea resort. The Primorka Recovery Centre for Convalescent Children was opened in the former building of the Czech Colony in 1953. Then in 1960, the Institute for Adult Thalassotherapy, for the prevention and rehabilitation of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases, was opened in the Hotel Therapia. In 1967, the Institute for Thalassotherapy Crikvenica and the Primorka Recovery Centre merged into one hospital, known as the Thalassotherapia Crikvenica since 1995.

The medical part of the Thalassotherapia consists of four departments: the Paediatrics Department (for children up to the age of 18), the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, and the Pulmonary-Internal Department. In September 2009, the OXY Polyclinic for Baromedicine was opened as part of the Thalassotherapia, the only such centre in the Kvarner region. The polyclinic focuses on treating various types of disease, speeding up recovery from sports injuries or extreme physical exertion, improving physical fitness in athletes, preparation for divers, and dealing with emergency cases.

Of the private health institutes in the area, it is particularly worth mentioning Policlinic Katunar in Crikvenica, which includes a medical clinic for tourists and offers various specialist services, and also Terme Selce in Selce, which offers numerous therapeutic and prevention programmes, especially in the fields of physical medicine and sports injury rehabilitation.




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