The Kvarner Riviera has a long association with tourism. Holidays in Opatija have been popular since the late 19th century, when it emerged as a popular destination during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Royal families and the rich and famous alike chose to holiday in Opatija. It is in an idyllic spot, located on a narrow stretch of land sandwiched between the dramatic, lush green hills and the Adriatic Sea.
Opatija has a completely different feel from any other resort in Croatia. It oozes elegance & stylish sophistication, from well-groomed, structured parks to grand buildings of the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian era; from the elegant promenade to the waterside cafes & restaurants. The focal point of Opatija is the beautiful lungomare, the 12km-long seaside promenade, first built in 1889, stretching between Opatija and Lovran. This scenic walking route was originally intended for use in physiotherapy, by those who came to Opatija for its health cures. The path winds past many of Opatija’s attractions and is makes a lovely seafront promenade still today.
In its heyday, composers such as Mahler visited this town for inspiration, and the European aristocracy thronged here for relaxation and to visit its spas, parading on the beautiful lungomare and dining in some of the most famous restaurants. Nowadays, holidays in Opatija are popular mainly with locals travelling from Zagreb and beyond as well as with visitors from nearby Italy and Austria.
A holiday in Opatija offers an abundance of history, culture and tranquillity blending with amazing coastal views. Opatija is a gem waiting to be discovered – you can include it as part of a tailor-made holiday or enjoy a short break in Opatija.