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Opatija, on the Istrian Peninsula is a charming coastal resort with a rich history and culture, boasting impressive monuments, well-manicured parks and glamorous villas that are just waiting to be discovered. The enchanting town is the matriarch of Croatian tourism – famed for enticing celebrities from all over Europe during the belle époque. Visit the Croatian Walk of Fame and the small harbour known locally as Portić and the famous statue of the Girl with the Seagull.
The resort was developed at the turn of the 20th century, remaining in complete harmony with nature. It offers well-kept beaches and the spectacular and elegant fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the glamorous villas and hotels. The renowned ‘Lungomare’ promenade is over 100 years old dating back to the heyday of health tourism, and stretches in total for 12 kilometres from the picturesque town of Volosko to Lovran. It is a favourite for both local artists and visitors alike and the walk will provide an interesting tale to Opatija’s past. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean all combine to make Opatija a beautiful location.
Opatija At A Glance
Flight Time from the UK to Pula 2hours 30mins
Population of Opatija 11,500
What to See in Opatija Lungo Mare promenade, Volosko area, Moscenicka Draga, Croatian Museum of Tourism, Maiden with the Seagull, Katederala Sv. Jakova, Angiolina Park
Towns & Islands to Visit near Opatija Pula, Rovinj, Motovun Village, Buzet, Trieste, Krk Island, Cres Island, Losinj Island, Rab Island
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Things to do in Opatija
Lungo Mare promenade
The Lungomare is an elegant promenade, commencing in the small fishing village of Volosko and stretching all the way to the Lovran harbor. This charming seaside walk was built in the 19th century.
The construction of the promenade, which also carries the name of the ., began more or less at the same time Opatija (at that time known as Abbazia) was declared the first climatic health resort on the Adriatic coast. According to some records, the Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph built the promenade for his wife, empress Elisabeth of Austria, better known as the beautiful Sisi. Sisi suffered from a type of lung disease so she visited Opatija to take walks and enjoy the town´s mild climate which helped her health.
Volosko, a fishing village where life has long been oriented towards the sea, is today a very popular gourmet destination with excellent restaurants. The Mediterranean spirit is woven into the architecture of Volosko, with its traditional stone steps and narrow streets hiding several art galleries and ateliers. The heart of Volosko is its small fishing harbour, known as mandrać, which is today a stage for performances of klapa vocal groups and jazz music, as well as other artistic events.
Another reason for visiting Volosko is its beaches and the seven-mile long Lungomare seaside promenade, which starts in Volosko and winds its way along the coast to Opatija and further on to Lovran.
Angiolina Park is one of the most celebrated parks in Croatia and the most famous park in Opatija. With a great variety of plant species from different parts of the world, this park can be described as the green heart of the town. The camellia, which thrives in this park, has become a symbol of Opatija. Apart from this wonderful flower, the park is also home to the American pine, Himalaya cypress, glossy-leaf paper plant, and almost 150 other plant species.
Take a stroll along the park’s gravel paths that will lead you to the charming Villa Angiolina and its quaint bandstand to take in an evening concert.
Hotels in Opatija
The 5-star Hotel Milenij enjoys a prime location near the waterfront in the heart of Opatija with 99 rooms and apartments offering various sea and park views spread across two wings. The apartments are extra-spacious and come with balconies that overlook the terrace and marina. All include an ideal blend of traditional elements and modern amenities like minibars, satellite TV and air conditioning. The property hosts an elegant café, a lobby bar and two outstanding restaurants serving local traditional dishes, including the fine dining Argonauti Restaurant which provides a breath-taking view over the Adriatic. There is also a Wellness and Spa center with a variety of indulgent treatments, sauna, Jacuzzi and pool.
Amadria Park Hotel Sveti Jakov
The Amadria Park Hotel Sveti Jakov is located within a luxurious 1886 villa that surrounded by a tranquil setting overlooking the beach and St. James Park. A 5-star hotel, it hosts 26 guest rooms, all with period furniture, historic designer details and modern amenities like minibars and satellite TV as well as free Wi-Fi. Its onsite restaurant enjoys a romantic fine dinning setting overlooking the park with a menu featuring traditional Mediterranean fare. Guests can also take advantage of alfresco dining on a canopied terrace. Guests can also take advantage of amenities at the property’s neighboring partner hotel, including direct access to the beach as well as an indoor pool and wellness center.