OPATIJA - One of the oldest European tourist destinations, the cradle of Croatian tourism, located in the Kvarner bay near Nature Park Učka. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet resorts make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort in all seasons.
Opatija is situated in the Kvarner Bay and it’s the centre of the Riviera which stretches west from Rijeka, till Moščenička Draga and Brseč and includes the Nature Park Učka. The city is one of the oldest European tourist destinations, and one of the most famous Croatian tourist destinations due to easily accessible location, mild Mediterranean climate and lush vegetation.
Tourism in Opatija was introduced by Austro-Hungarian leading aristocrats, who, due to the mild climate, built their villas here in the 19th century. Today, these villas are converted into hotels along the famous Opatija Lungomare promenade, stretching along the 11 km long coastline. Opatija is known for good restaurants and excellent gastronomic offer based on fish dishes some of which are prepared according to recipes from the 19th century.
Also, entertainment is not lacking in Opatija. There are many concerts and movie screenings on the summer stage, a week of flowers, Liburnia Jazz Festival etc. Nightlife takes place in a number of lounge bars and clubs along the coast.
Marinas and Nautical harbours in Opatija
- Marina Admiral
- ACI Marina Opatija Ičiči
Nearby nautical centres
We suggest you visit
- Villa Angiolina
- St. James park
- Sculpture of a girl with a seagull (the symbol of Opatija)
- The Fountain - Helios and Selena
- Croatia Street Fame
- Museum of Croatian tourism
Arriving in Opatija
By plane: Airports: Rijeka - Krk (44 km), Pula (75 km)
- ca. 180 km from Zagreb
- ca. 105 km from Ljubljana
- ca. 480 km from Munich
- ca. 480 km from Vienna
- ca. 480 km from Milan