Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the
longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. The very attractive geographic position,
enabling its warm seas to be quickly reached from many cities in Central Europe
(only about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Münich), lush green scenery and a pleasant
climate (45° 20' north latitude) were some of the main reasons for its beginning and
the quick development of its tourism at the end of the 19th century.
Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony
with Nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the
illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare", well-kept beaches
and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels that cater
comfortably for up to 6,000 guests.
Most Opatija visitors find their accommodations in private apartments
where is possible to get very confortable and cheap accommodation.
Due to a relatively constant temperature (winter average 7.0 °C, summer average 21.9 °C),
high air pressure and constant circulation of air, the climate in Opatija is relaxing and
refreshing. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean, old buildings
and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions all
combine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.
The tourist offering of Opatija includes its congress centre (with space for 500 to 800
delegates), 11 indoor swimming pools, wellness programmes, a casino, discotheques, a
summer theatre with seating for 2,000, carnivals, festivals, and opportunities for
shorter trips to nearby surroundings or all-day excursions to the Plitvice Lakes or
Risnjak National Park, or even to Venice in Italy.
Opatija offers visitors activities such as swimming, body-building, recreational gymnastics...
There are also tennis and other sports courts or grounds for the traditional Mediterranean
sport - boules. Of sea sports the most attractive are windsurfing,
in a small boat or on yachts that can accommodate in two marinas
in Opatija, water-skiing, deep sea diving and fishing.
Opatija Google map
Situated below the mountain and Nature Park Ucka, Opatija (old names: Sankt Jakobi,
Abbazia) is a great choice for a vacation in summer and winter season. Beautiful nature,
climate, parks, hotels & old Austrian villas, seaside promenade and beaches attract
tourists from Europe and all over the world for more then 160 years. Opatija is the
leading tourist destination in the Republic of Croatia for the organization of
conventions. Along with festivals, concerts, exhibits, and other cultural and sport
events Opatija offers attractions worth visiting during the whole year!