OPATIJA - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Opatija

Opatija is an elegant seaside resort since first popularised by the Austro-Hungarians in the 19th Century. This was the era of fabulous grand hotels and exclusive villas and the sumptuous architecture of this period still sets the tone today. Opatija has many fine restaurants, night life, quaint shops and beautiful parks. It is renowned for wellness centres and health spas. Volosko, just north of Opatija centre is quaint fishing village around a small harbour and a perfect spot for bars and restaurants. Some of Opatija's finest restaurants are to be found here on the harbour front.


Opatija
Opatija
Volosko harbour
Volosko harbour
Bresec
Bresec

The famed lungomare is a 12km long pathway which runs along the shoreline linking Opatija with the neighbouring villages and towns. It a completely pedestrian route and a delightful way to move from one part of town to another away from the cars and on the water's edge. At many spots there are small beaches or steps down into the water so the lungomare is a place for swimming and sunbathing as well as a relaxing evening walk as the day cools.


Opatija is a resort which, due to its mild and protected climate, operates the whole year round with many festivals and cultural activities throughout the seasons. In January and February there is a series of masked carnivals. April is well known for the Asparagus festival, when wild asparagus is harvested and you can enjoy wild asparagus omelette. The programme for May includes cookery classes for fish dishes and a series of concerts. June is the month of cherries, and local cherries are the best in the region. A lovely old boat regatta takes place in June as well as many concerts in the town square. July and August are devoted to swimming and sea sports and all other fun activities available in the peak of the summer holidays. September is for grape picking and wine making. October is when the neighbouring town of Lovran is famous for its sweet chestnuts.


Ucka national park in the mountains above Opatija offers opportunity for walking and trekking, mountain biking fishing, kayaking, diving, mini-rafting, caving and free climbing.


There are numerous sheltered pebbly and sandy beaches along the coastal road, the most beautiful ones being in Moscenicka Draga and Medveja to the south of Opatija.


Medveja beach
Medveja beach
Moscenicka Draga
Moscenicka Draga

While staying in Opatija visit the lovely village of Brsec on a cliff above the sea, just 30min drive from Opatija. You can enjoy the views of the long stretch of the Adriatic coastline from there. Equally fascinating is the old village of Kastav on the hillside above Opatija.


Lovran

Lovran is just 5km down the coast from the sumptuous resort of Opatija and is smaller and, as a result, quieter and more peaceful. Like Opatija it has many grand villas built for the Austrian aristocracy in the 19th century and these define the character of the town. Lovran is centred around a pretty harbour, with a small beach, cafes and restaurants as well as a wellness centre in the local hotel. It marks the end point of the lungomare, the 12 kilometre long coast path which runs from Opatija. The lungomare is a place for swimming and sunbathing as well as a relaxing walk by the sea.


On the hillside above Lovran there is entry point to the Ucka national park.


Mount Ucka, provides an opportunity for some serious walking and trekking. The Ucka mountain walking route links several mountain tops, has magnificent sea views and takes seven days to walk the whole route. Other activities in the national park include fishing, kayaking, diving, mini-rafting, caving, free climbing and mountain biking ion marked routes.


Lovran is famous for its sweet chestnuts which are used in a range of dishes, and most if all in delicious desserts.


A short distance down the coast from Lovran are the beautiful and much visited beaches of Moscenicka Draga and Medveja. But there are opportunities for swimming all along the coast.


Cres island

Cres is one of the least visited and yet most stunningly beautiful Croatian islands. A long narrow island with mountains down its central spine and often inaccessible coastline and beaches below. There are a handful of towns and a few remote villages with mile after mile of rugged landscape offering spectacular views. The road from Cres town to Beli provides breath taking views looking out over the Istrian peninsula to the west and the Velebit mountains on the mainland coast to the east.


The town of Cres is an elegant harbour town with narrow alleyways leading down to the delightful harbour area surrounded by classical stone buildings and restaurants and cafes on the water front. Beli is a remote an unspoilt fishing community on the inaccessible east side of the island and the drive there is an experience in itself. The seaside village of Valun has two of the prettiest beaches we know in Croatia and a charming harbour front with cafes and restaurants. High above the steep cliffs on the western side of the island is the spectacularly located village of Lubenice where you feel that you can almost step out to dive into the sea 370 metres (1200 feet) below.


Clifftop Village of Lubenice
Clifftop Village of Lubenice
Cres town
Cres town
Valun
Valun

Getting there

Cross to Cres by ferry from Brestova on the mainland to Porozina or to Merag from the island of Krk. All ferry details can be found on the Jadrolinija website. Or take a ferry to Mali Losinj and drive up the island from the south



Our Villas in Opatija


Villa Laura
Villa Laura A five bedroom, luxury air conditioned modern villa with swimming pool and a pretty garden. During the winter months the pool is enclosed and heated and a tennis court, Jacuzzi and sauna are also available. Close to the vibrant town of Opatija.
Villa Aramiss
Villa Aramiss A fabulous, modern, air-conditioned villa, consisting of two luxury three bedroom apartments, which can be rented individually or together. Outdoor jacuzzi, shared swimming pool, terrace, direct access to the promenade and the beach.
Villa Marron
Villa Marron A luxury 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with sea view in a 50,000 square metre private country estate 5 km from the coast, aircon, WiFi, LCD TV, whirlpool, BBQ, chef on request.
Villa Sansa
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Villa Arran
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Villa Alessi
Villa Alessi A partially air-conditioned, romantic, historic, beautifully restored Istria stone villa, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garden, private pool, children's play area, BBQ, WiFi, pet friendly, stunning country views.
Villa Zuzi
Villa Zuzi A super-luxury, three bedroom, three bathroom villa in a spectacular seafront location, WiFi, private garden, heated pool, BBQ, chef on request, parking, sea 10 metres. Recently refurbished and available from July. New interior photos available shortly when new furnishing complete.


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