Konoba is simple kind of restaurant, very characteristic in whole Mediterranean area. Once it was a place for preserving fishermen's equipment, nowadays it was turned into a touristic gastronomy attraction. Here you can have genuine, home made food, such as seafood, prosciutto, chees and excellent wine.
Do not miss that experience when visiting Adriatic.
The Promenade passes by most of the significant structures of Opatija’s history - from North Strand, the port, Lido, villas Angiolina and Amalia, hotel Kvarner, St. Jacob’s church and finally the hotels with the villas of the South Strand.
Volosko was formerly a separate settlement, but now a part of Opatija since 1932. It is a typical Mediterranean townlet with stony houses formerly belonging to sea captains and with a pier for smaller boats. The old crest of Volosko is indicative of this, showing a sailboat with sails set.
Steep narrow streets and steps lead up the hill from the first row of houses on the shore. Volosko is marked with the name Volon (could be linked to the Italian vollone, which means big bay) on a 16th century map.
Worth of visiting is the votive 16th century church of St. Rochus, built after the plague bypassed Volosko. The Baroque church of St. Anne, with five altars, was built in 1708 and consecrated in 1844.
Andrija Mohorovicic (1857-1936), a well-known Croatian geophysicist and meteorologist, who discovered the so-called "discontinuity level surface" (called the Moho layer) in 1909, was born in Volosko.
There are a lot of beautiful sights when walking on the promenade. From little sand bays to trees in unusual forms....
This rock fell from the hill and stopped just before falling in the water.
I just missed snow in Opatija for a day or two.
That was the coldest week in this winter .Temperatures were low for this time of year and it doesn't happen very often that snow covers Opatija and surroundings.
It doesn't stay that way! I was looking forward very much to hiking in Croatia and the mountain looked beautiful from a distance.
The hike itself, however, was the worst hike I have ever taken. What may at one time have been a beautiful path through the forest, was no longer. Nouveau riche homes are now scattered along the hillside and the path often disappears altogether. That alone is not the end of the world, but the fact that most of the people living in these new homes have unleashed and vicious guard dogs is!! This was the most dangerous walk I have ever knowingly undertaken!
You begin the hike up to Veprinec from the center of town in Opatija. Don't expect the guide books or maps from the tourist information to help you. They will only serve to get you even more confused as the streets they name cannot be found in the town!!
Just ask at the bus station -- they will send you off in the right direction and from there, my friend, you are on your own!
...but you have to start somewhere and since the English tourist map is flawed, you must remember this picture -- it's your starting point and you really have to navigate your way through the town in order to find the route up the mountain!!
When you do arrive at the top, this is the tiny church you will see. It is nothing particularly special and not worth a 2 1/2 hr. hike through other people's back yards, for sure. You can't go in either. So if you choose this church to be your ultimate goal of the hike, don't go. You'll be disappointed.
OK, the church isn't much, but peek over the other side of the yard and you'll get a view of the entire area. It's impressive! I just wish there weren't so many telephone wires preventing more ecpressive photography...
OK in all honesty, I would suggest taking the bus to Veprinec and doing your hiking in another area altogether. But if you really do want to hike up, at least treat yourself to a ride down. Don't risk going by those guard dogs more than you need to! In my case, I met some poeple at a restaurant at the top and they offered me a ride. that was another story... and I'll have to tell you another time.
For now, our tour of Optija draws to a close. Don't be fooled though -- there is much much more to see in this area of the Istrien Peninsula in Croatia. Be sure to visit my Pula, Rijeka, Rovinj and Porec pages!! Thanks for dropping by -- I hope you enjoyed my story.
When bura wind finally stopped little lizzards came out of the holes and showed all their beauty.
This is monument to the director of the Southern Railway which is situated in the park of Opatija near the harbour.
In the moment I have only this foto, but I think is very intresting one
...because even though this isn't much of a church, there is in fact a real beauty in it's minute stature and age.