Opatija sits on the Kvarner Gulf, has a Mediterranean climate and views of Paradise islands. Known as the pearl of the Adriatic Sea, with its rich history, elegance and unrivalled beauty, Opatija has become one the most popular holiday seaside towns in Croatia. Because of its mild Mediterranean climate, and today it is a place of luxury hotels, former villas and private summer residences that have been turned into beautiful hotels, wellness centres, congress halls, and swimming pools. There is also a beautiful and wide range of local restaurants, that offer fresh, amazing, local delicacies, as well as a lot of music festivals during the summer.
What to see:
The Lungomare seafront promenade runs along the coast for 12km, from Volosko past Opatija and all the way to Lovran. Take a stroll in the evening when the sun is about to set.
One of the oldest and most famous villas in Opatija is Villa Angiolina, built in 1844 by Iginio Scarpa, a wealthy merchant from Rijeka.
The Angiolina Park is the Central Park in Opatija. It covers almost 4 hectares and due to the mild climate, it is home to 159 plant species that are originated from the Far East, Australia, South America and other parts of the world. Among the numerous interesting plants growing in the park is the Japanese camellia which has become the distinctive symbol of Opatija. Find a park bench and slow down your scented bit of respite with views through to the ocean.
St.Jacob’s Church is located directly in the city of Opatija just off the Lungomare boardwalk. St. Jacob’s Church is the oldest building in Opatija and it dates back to 15th century.
Maiden with Seagull
Other things of interest to see in Opatija is the Maiden with Seagull, a sculpture on the seafront which has become a symbol of the town and the Fountain of Helios and Selena, which is to be found in the beautiful park opposite the Imperial hotel near to the Church of St Jakov.
Visit picturesque fisherman’s village Volosko that is only few minutes walk from Opatija harbour, where You can find many small bars and local restaurants in port (not too expencive). If you feel energetic there are numerous alleyways that take you slightly up the hillside that house small tavernas tucked away in quaint flower-decked courtyards.