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Opatija: the pearl of the Adriatic!

Updated on June 10, 2013

Opatija, sometimes referred to as the Nice of the Adriatic, is a town in Croatia situated 90 km from Triestre on the Gulf of Kvarner in the Istrian Peninsula. The magic of this region has transformed this riviera into a resort providing a natural and healthy environment, with century-old traditions, the beauty of the camellia in bloom and the whiff of bay leaves. Winters are pleasant in this magnificent environment and summers are never to be forgotten, as there are concerts, festivals, regattas and crazy carnivals for people to enjoy.

In addition to the great variety of gastronomic food on offer, this area also provides top-class accommodation in fashionable hotels or romantic villa rentals from la belle époque. With its congress centre, casino or wellness centre, Opatija is sure to satisfy the taste of the most discriminating guest. It also has a 12 km long promenade along the entire rocky and picturesque riviera, which provides easy walks for both young and old.

Opatija's maiden with the seagull
Opatija's maiden with the seagull

The town became a fashionable destination for the Austrian imperial family and Austrian nobility in the 19th century, but soon luxury hotels and elegant villas started to be built, giving the town a name. Nowadays it is towns like Opatija that have helped create television commercials about the Mediterranean as it once was, as it is a beautiful area, whether seen from the shore, air, or sea.

One can either go strolling along the winding streets, where one can find shops and restaurants, or stroll along the seaside promenade, where there are cafes with sea views, marinas and many parks.

With modern highways, it is now possible to reach Opatija in just three hours if coming from a neighboring country, where one can immediately have access to fresh seafood.

Casino facing the sea among palm trees
Casino facing the sea among palm trees
Pathways follow the rock formations, shaded by trees and with views of the sea
Pathways follow the rock formations, shaded by trees and with views of the sea
A fountain in one of the many parks
A fountain in one of the many parks
View of the villas on the hill and seaside
View of the villas on the hill and seaside
Early morning view of the sea through the trees
Early morning view of the sea through the trees
View of the riviera from the pathway
View of the riviera from the pathway
A marina with its many yachts
A marina with its many yachts

Old Opatija

Black & white video showing the town of Opatija in the 1950' and 60's, including music of the time.







Magic & music

Video showing Croatia, the land of magic, including traditional music.







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    • Mr Nice profile image

      Mr Nice 

      8 years ago from North America

      Hola sylvia13,

      Thanks for visiting my Croatian hub, I can't tell because you never left your precious thoughts on my hub. No problem but next time if you visit any of my but it would be nice if you leave some feedback.

      Well if you are interested in visiting me then I will give you my complete address with directions. I speak several other languages but I love spanish. Enjoy rest of your day.

    • sylvia13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sylvia Gadea de Beer 

      8 years ago from Shoal Bay, NSW, Australia

      I just visited your hub about Croatia and I loved the heart! I've already had many holidays there, as I just love their commercial! You say that you come from North America, but that is not being very specific and I'm curious! What I liked best is that you can speak Spanish! Bravo! Qué lindo! Yes, I think you are right, I should write a hub about Austria sometime, as I have already written about Peru, the Dominican and Australia.

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      Mr Nice 

      8 years ago from North America

      Hi sylvia13,

      There are so many beautiful places in Croatia. After reading my friend

      Tatjana-Mihaela's hubs about Croatia,I now believe Whole Croatian country is like a paradise on earth. Thanks for sharing the info about Opatija.

      One of my cousin lived in Austria few years ago & he loved Austria. May be you should make one hub about Austria too. Please visit my hub about Croatia too.

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