Like (almost) everywhere else in Croatia there's no sand, so the swimming has been made easy by several artificial pools in the sea.
The surroundings are lively and beautiful, but the rainy weather and late arrival didn't invite us to the water.
There's a look of cleanliness and preservation in the whole town, that invites you to compare the architectural influences of its most beautiful buildings. There's no sign of war, there's no sign of difficulties, it seems that locals love their town.
Yes, I know, we didn't leave the centre! But that was the dominant feeling we could have!
Opatija's parks contain about three hundred species of trees and plants that a legally protected as horticultural monuments. Among them, Japanese Camelia (Camelia japonica) became the symbol of Opatija.
This is giant American agava which can be seen on the the main promenade, right next to the Slatina beach.
It is the most famous sight in Opatija (1956). When you see the picture of Opatija, you will see this girl. Of course there is a story.
Formerly there was a statue of Madonna del mare standing at the same place, and than one night after the storm it just disappeared. So, the story was that the statue felt in to the sea. But, I don't understand because the statue is in front of St. Jacob church. hmmm .....
Sv. James park near the Villa Angiollina with 3.64 ha of area. You can see really great examples of plant life from around the world.
It is especially nice to take a walk during the spring when everything smell heavenly. Essence of each and every plant, flower, tree, grass and mediterian herbs is mixed with the smell of the sea. Oh what a royal treat form my soul. I just didn't stop to sniff :)
You should take walk 12 km long, from the Ičići to Lovran. It is a famous promenade. It is created to take a long walk; to enjoy the sight and breath the air from the sea.
Maybe you think know this is a boring thing, but if you are searching something to relax you and regenerate from the stress of the work and living in the city, take a walk ...
No, really, I'm not egsaturating or have subjective comments, Opatija is so beautiful, wherever you look you want make mistake. This city is something else ...
I have on purpose written bathing spot and not beach because, it i not a ordinary beach like the one you can see at the coast. This bathing spot has kept the old look. You know, the coast in northern part of Jadran is different from the south of the coast where there are long sandy beaches.
This paved Bath is in the centre of the city with nicely arranged entrance to the sea, and it perfectly fits to the secession buildings that surrounds here.
The riva is the place all come to walk some of the 12 kilometers that they can take along the water edge. Near the center is a playground for kids, and a carnival type rides. We came down to the riva on a Sunday-and hundreds of people come out in the morning to walk and look
Juraj Matija Sporer got this place named after him because in 1859 he suggested that Opatija should become a health resort and sea environment for relaxing. Inside are art gallery pieces for exhibition and for sale
Madonna statue figure was first located on a rock where the Girl and the Sea Gull now are found. Madonna statue got destroyed either by a storm or Communists-conflict of what/which one. That monument was to watch over Count Kesselstatt and Countess Fries, who died in a storm near here. A safer place near St. Jacob church now protects the icon.
This is a name given the monument that stands out on a rock in the bay. The stone carved work was by Zvonco Car and put by the water in 1956. The theme behind this is theorized to be called a "Salute to the Sea Gull". ON this rock was the Madonna statue figure, but it got destroyed either by a storm or Communists-conflict of what/which one. That monument was to watch over Count Kesselstatt and Countess Fries, who died in a storm near here
This church was built in 1506, and is on a site of a former church from the 7th century. Sometime estimated around 12th century, a Benedictine abbey was built here, and the town name means "abbey". The church is said to be built on the abbey location. St. Jacob is a patron saint of many cultures, and a celebration for him is on July 25th. Some of the church expansion is form 16th century, and a renovation was completed in 1937
In 1844, Iginijo Scarpa came from Austria to build a monument to his deceased wife, aptly named Angiolina. Iginijo must have enjoyed it more since he was the one still living. He invited business associates and governmental people to come and stay there That led to a surge of resort pleasures for those high style people. They liked the mild climate and placid Hvarner BAy. Eventually they also built their own places here, enhanced by a railroad coming to the area with a station about 3 miles away in Matulji in the hills north. The villa was sold and to another person, and then Southern Railway Company of Vienna bought it in 1882. There have been upgrades and renovations, with the last major one in 2000, and again now in process of some interior improvements.
The villa is now a museum of Croatian Tourism-but I suspect you usually only get to see the entry foyer, but that is nice. It has intricate mosaics, painted ceilings, and Corinthian columns. The rest of the villa was closed. In talking to the attendant in Croatian and english, the country ran out of money to renovate, and do not know when the villa inside will be open again. If open, admission is said to be free, and opens Tuesday-Sunday 10-6PM daily
There are so many intricate and detail art in the building styles, all in one place, almost a fairytale land if you like architecture, and statuary and elaborate decorations. After a surge of building hotels to attract many of the elite and wealthy to here, they also started to build their own palaces. This wave of building took place mostly 1880's to early 1900's.
This was constructed in 10 months in 1884 by the Southern Railway Company of Vienna. They previously bought Villa Angiolina in 1882, and wanted to provide a place for tourists to stay and make some money at it. However, I read that the original intent was to make this a sanatorium retreat-popular in those days. The Chrystal Room that has a lot of those was built in 1913. Many people go there for a coffee and to be seen. The rail line came to Mul