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    The Town

    by solopes Updated Jun 17, 2014

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    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!

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    Hotel Kvarner.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    This was the first hotel opened to guests in Opatija. It was built in 1884. At first the hotel was planned as a sanatorium for lung disease patients

    Various events are held in its Crystal Hall; built in 1913.

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    Villa Angiolina and its park.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    This nice villa was built in 1844 and completely renovated in 2000. Its first owner was Iginio Scarpa; a wealthy merchant from Rijeka. He gave the villa the name of his deceased wife.

    The ground floor of the villa is open to visitors. It is a large room with beautiful paintings on the ceiling.

    Around Villa Angiolina there is a park with about 159 plant species. There you' ll see banana trees, bamboos and also various palms.

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    Easy swimming

    by solopes Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    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.

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    Agava

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 5, 2012

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    Agava, vidi kolika je

    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.

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  • Girl with the seagull statue

    by Kovrchica Written Aug 9, 2011

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    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 .....

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  • Botanical garden

    by Kovrchica Written Aug 9, 2011

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    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 :)

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  • Lungo mare - the seaside promenade

    by Kovrchica Written Aug 9, 2011

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    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 ...

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  • Slatina - main bathing spot

    by Kovrchica Written Aug 9, 2011

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    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.

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    Harbor views

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 12, 2010

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    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

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    Art Pavilion

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 12, 2010

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    GAllery and columns

    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

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    Madonna Statue

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 12, 2010

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    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.

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    Girl and the Sea Gull

    by BruceDunning Written Jun 12, 2010

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    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

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    St. Jacob Church

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 12, 2010

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    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

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    Villa Angiolina

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 12, 2010

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    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

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