Opatija is one of the pearls of Croatian coast, situated at the foot of Ucka mountain, in eastern Istria, at Rijeka Bay, a place full of history, beautiful views and architecture combines elegance and cultural diversity of the various imperial houses and the ideal place for treatments. The resort is distinguished primarily by its elegant architecture, especially the hotels built during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, most beautifully renovated by splendid vegetation and manicured parks, with impeccable service, lively atmosphere and the extremely diverse offer for all ages, all tastes, all the possibilities. Opatija Riviera stretches a length of 40 km along the Kvarner bay, having a unique microclimate that provides year-round mild temperatures and ever green vegetation.
The best known tourist attractions are ancient fishing villages Icici and Ika, picturesque Volosko, Meveja and Moscenicka Draga, with sandy beaches, old town and the hotels Lovran with modern and medieval nearby towns and hills – Kastav, Veprinac and Mošćenice.
Buses are the cheapest way to move through the resort Opatija and nearby, although the best way to discover the island’s beauty is to come by car or rent one. However, most major attractions can be visited without using any means of transport, as most hotels are near them. I recommend going till Rijeka, the largest city located near the resort, about 50 km. It is easily reached by bus or tourist bus. You will pay in the local currency: kuna. Specifically, 1 euro equals about 7.4 kuna and foreign exchange is the most advantageous to the banks.
What can you visit:
– Villa Angiolina built in 1844 by businessman Higinio von Scarpa. Its construction was the beginning of tourism in Opatija. It’s located in a park full of exotic plants on the Adriatic and inside were often held exhibitions of art and classical music concerts.
– Park Sv. Jacov (St. Joseph) / Opatija Central Park covers an area of 3.64 hectares, is divided into 60 sectors and hosts over 160 species of plants.
– Church of Sv. Jakov was documented in 1439, built on the foundation of the former monastery Benedict.
– Fontana Helios and Selena is located in Central Park near the church Sv. James. Fountain symbolizes the sun and the moon, mythological characters transposition brother and sister.
– “The Girl with the Seagull ‘is a symbol of the city, made in 1956 by Zvonko Car, being situated on a promontory visible from the promenade called ’’ Lungomare’’, a 12 km long promenade that goes from town Volosko, crosses Opatija and Lovran, the nearby locality.
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