A famous winter resort during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the elegance and rich history of this town will transport you to a world of ball dances and aristocratic gardens.
Opatija is a true heaven for fans of long walks. Lungomare, also known as the Franz Joseph I promenade, is the ideal spot for an idyllic walk by the sea. Not only will you enjoy the fresh sea air, but you will also have the opportunity to explore the history of this area and visit the picturesque towns near Opatija – Volosko, Ičići, Ika and Lovran. If you prefer to surround yourself with nature, we recommend that you try the Carmen Sylva forest promenade, which will take you to the vantage point on the Queen Elizabeth’s Rock. Park Angiolina is surely one of the most beautiful parks in Opatija which hides the wonderful camellia flower – a symbol of Opatija.
Nothing says elegance as the villas and hotels of Opatija. One of the most famous ones is the Hotel Kvarner, which opened in 1884, and there is also the Villa Angiolina which has been turned into the Croatian Tourism Museum. Other must-see cultural sights include the Maiden with the Seagull, one of the symbols of Opatija, and if you wish to learn more about famous Croats, we recommend the Croatian Walk of Fame which features stars dedicated to the numerous known figures such as Nikola Tesla, Dražen Petrović and Rade Šerbedžija.
A visit to the charming coastal town of Opatija would not be complete without experiencing its rich gastronomic offer. Just like James Joyce, start your day with a cup of coffee on the terrace of the Hotel Imperial, treat yourself to lunch at one of the seafood restaurant, and for dessert there is the famous Kamelija cake that can also serve as the perfect Mediterranean souvenir. Apart from cake, local shops feature numerous authentic delicacies such as wines, lavender products, meat specialties, even snails.
From a boat-trip along the Opatija riviera, to hiking on the Učka Mountain, it is really easy to visit numerous surrounding places from Opatija. Our favourite is definitely the trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, as well as the hidden gems of Istria – Hum and Motovun. For a slice of forest heaven there is Gorski Kotar, and if you prefer exclusive experiences and safari, a visit to the Brijuni Islands is just for you.
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