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Opatija Croatia

Opatija | First Croatian Seaside Resort

Nestled on the edge of the expansive Kvarner Bay, with the majestic Mount Ucka as its backdrop, Opatija proudly holds the title of being the birthplace of Croatian tourism. In the 19th century, well-to-do Austro-Hungarians flocked to Opatija for rest and recuperation. They were drawn in by the mild climate and the refreshing sea breeze.

Fast forward to today, and Opatija’s charm hasn’t faded one bit. The 19-mile Opatija Riviera continues to attract visitors all year round, ranging from health enthusiasts to sailing crews. It’s not just a historical hotspot; it’s a hub of diverse experiences. Plus, Opatija makes for a fantastic starting point if you’re keen on exploring the islands scattered across the Kvarner Bay.

For a visual sneak peek into the timeless beauty of Opatija, check out this video:

Things to see and do

  • Walk the eight-mile Lungomare coastal promenade. It runs from Volosko to Lovran, passing through Opatija. You’ll see old-fashioned hotels and sleepy fishing harbors and enjoy ever-changing vistas over the gulf.
  • In Opatija, see the museum of Croatian tourism in Villa Angiolina. Angiolina Park is home to this elegant villa dating from 1844. The Liburnia Jazz Festival takes place here each July in the open-air theater.
  • Explore the tiny fishing village of Volosko, with its quaint harbor, open-air seafood restaurants, and cafes.
  • In Lovran, see the elegant Art Nouveau waterside villas and the medieval stone alleys of the Old Town.
  • During March, the town transforms into a haven for wellness enthusiasts with the annual event, “March – An Oasis of Wellness.” Indulge in massages, rejuvenating facial and body treatments, unwind in relaxing baths and sauna sessions, and immerse yourself in soothing aromatherapy.
  • The Milenji Spa is one of the best.
  • Hike or bike in Ucka Nature Park. A well-marked trail runs through woodland and steep canyons. The views down onto Kvarner Bay are superb.
  • Eat. Foodies will relish Opatija’s bars and restaurants, which serve Mediterranean cuisine created with local ingredients. Dine at the Michelin-starred Draga di Lovrana on the lower slopes of Mt Ucka, above Lovran. If you prefer, enjoy fresh local seafood at family-run Konoba Tramerka, down by the harbor in Volosko.
  • See the Rijeka Cathedral, a beautiful building with a fascinating history. Admire its impressive architecture on a private walking tour.
  • Visit the Juraj Sporer Arts Pavilion. This venue consistently presents a diverse array of exhibitions.
  • Photograph the iconic statue known as the Girl with the Seagull. The statue is now a symbol that is synonymous with Opatija’s charm.

Marinas and Anchorages in Opatija

Marina Admiral Opatija. This marina, next to Hotel Admiral, has 160 berths. Amenities include water and electricity, ecological waste management, and laundry service.

ACI Marina Opatija

ACI Marina Opatija. This marina in nearby Ičići has 283 berths. Amenities include a restaurant, beauty salon, bathrooms, grocery store, free Wi-Fi, and an ATM.