Opatija Travel Guide

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Opatija Things to Do

  • The Town

    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.

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

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  • Villa Angiolina and its park.

    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...

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Opatija Restaurants

  • A big restaurant.

    Aquarium is a large restaurant located on the main street of Opatija. It is not a nice place, but it isn' t ugly.On the menu there is a selections of local or Italian dishes, as pizza and pasta if I remember correctly. The first time I went there I had grilled squids with boiled potatoes. The second time I choose cevapcici ( = small meat balls)...

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  • Restaurant Roko

    It is my favorite restaurant in Opatija. It has a small terrace but it is to close to the main road so, it is better to be inside. And the interior is to sweet :)Food :) excellentStaff :) nice, polite, professionalPrices - reasonable Ambiance - excellent You must try the creamy mushroom soup .... ooooEnd my second favorite is hot-could salad with...

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  • sumptuous surroundings

    this place is by far and away the best restaurant in croatia that we visited, the staff, the setting and the ambience are fantastic.i tried most dishes and the only thing on the menu i didnt fall for was the apple strudel,the rest was gorgeousplus the prices in comparison to a similar restaurant in the uk were very good i would estimat a 3 course...

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Opatija Nightlife

  • this place is soo cool

    hemming ways bar is definately the place to be seen in opatija,the staff are so friendly and it has a fantastic chilled out enviroment with stunning views across the adriatic to riejka.they have a humungous and exhaustive selection of cocktails and drinks and a live djthe atmosphere is like a croatian cafe del mar in ibizatop cocktail was a...

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  • Hot, hot hot

    The club is situated in the main street of Marshal Tito, right in between hotels Imperial and Bristol. It has huge summer terrace open towards the seashore. It is typicaly Latino styled club with hot music and very hot girls. The competition is great, the local girls are very beautiful so put on something sexy and provocative.

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  • There are bars and clubs but,

    ...is a beautiful place to visit after dark. Street entertainers keep you occupied and vendors sell their wares. Lots to eat and drink, music etc., abounds, but you also can enjoy the serenity of the ocean...Now go to TOURIST TRAPS to complete the tour...(for while this is the beautiful beach at night...)

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Opatija Transportation

  • Plane, train and bus

    Look at www.whichbudget.com for cheap flights from any city to Venice, take the train or bus to Trieste and then bus To Opatija, the train and bus stations are close to each other in Trieste.Bus timetable www.autostazionetrieste.it

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  • BUS FROM - TO OPATIJA AND SURROUNDINGS

    To wonder around Opatija (if you don't walk of course) you can use public transport. Bus no.32 rides between Rijeka and Lovran .You can buy a ticket at the driver but you have to put it in the machine so that the date should be printed on it. If you don't do so and the control come you have to pay high penalty.

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  • Getting to OPATIJA

    Getting to Opatija - there are no direct boat or ferry connections to Opatija, but it's only 13km west of Rijeka, the starting point for the Jadrolinija coastal route. Local buses connect Opatija to Rijeka and there are frequent intercity buses to Pula, Rovinj and Porec where there are ferries to Italy.

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Opatija Shopping

  • Designed clothes

    "Operetta" is probably the most beautiful department store in whole Croatia. It is situated in the heart of the town, right next to the hotel Bristol in Marshala Tita street. Here you can find a number of very good trade-marks, designed by the world leading fashion houses. No burgains here in the high season.

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  • The most beautiful shopping centre

    I really admired this shopping centre . Beautiful building in two floors with sculptures, ornaments and splendid painted ceiling.Unfortunatelly a lot of shops were still empty (especially on the second floor) . The ones that were opened sell expensive clothes of known brands(Nike, Puma, Lacoste ...)More pictures here .

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  • Handcrafts galore!

    Women sell their hand work along the Promenade. I bought a gorgeous knitted summer sweater for my Mother from this woman. As a stickler for detail, I was blown away by the perfection of her stitches! (So is my Mother!!) Of course you can also purchase smaller items, such as doilies or larger ones like gorgeous table cloths! Oops, can't remember,...

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Opatija Local Customs

  • Madonna

    On the promontory in front of the one-time cemetery a girl of stone extend her arm to a gull. This, however, is a new sculpture, the work of sculptor Car, and it was erected here in 1956 and turned into one of Opatija’s symbols. Before that, in its place, namely until demolished by a storm, stood the “Madonna del Mare,” the work of sculptor...

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  • St. Jakov's Church

    Most probably built in 1420, as a colony of Benedictine refugees from the Friulian monastery of Saint Peter in Rozac (San Pietro di Rosazzo), the entire settlement will later be named after this abbey. Today very little has been preserved of its original appearance: in 1506 abbot Simun built or reconstructed the church, according to the inscription...

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  • DRESSED PALM TREES

    I find it very funny or let's say interesting how they protect palm trees from heavy Bura wind.The stalk is wrapped in bambus sticks and and the crown is put into plastic net.

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Opatija Warnings and Dangers

  • Good wine, bad behavior..."Krculi -...

    We have stopped for lunch in a nice traditional restaurant where they have served very good food and wine, specific music and smiling sweet faces. Nice lunch anyway...I have asked them to sell me two bottles of wine, being impressed about the quality (very good home made, demi-sweet wine). I have paid the price they have asked and I was surprised,...

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  • A lot of dog sh** along the Lungomare...

    Not that I don't like dogs, I realy like them.But I really hate those dogs' owners who let their dogs sh** on the promenade and left it lie there. My daughter always runs along the promenade and I had to warn her every minute to take care and not step into sh**.

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Opatija Tourist Traps

  • Medieval villages.

    I visited Veprinac and Kastav. These are two Medieval villages, but there is not much to see or do there. Veprinac is a place with a two churches; a food shop and a cafe. Kastav has a big loggia; some churches, a couple of restaurants, a supermarket and a post office.

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  • hotel half board meals

    not so much a tourist trap,but not a lot of kopwe stayed in the Kvarner and although a lovely grand hotel in a nice location the breakfast and dinner buffets were very german orientated,in fact apart from the salad bar there was nothing much that i have eaten before.if you like salami and spam for breakfast you are in luck!!also at the evening meal...

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  • ...this is the beach by day...

    As described before, the amount of tourists that hit this tiny town is unbelievable. Yes it is possible to get away from them, however, you really do have to make the effort! Just outside of town are rocky areas where you can lie out, tan or swim in the warm Adriatic. You don't need to go far! But do stake out your hidden spot early -- they will...

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Opatija What to Pack

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    by novsco61 Updated Mar 11, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear:
    Bathing suit is a must. Almost all hotels have
    indoor pools with heated water so it is possible to swim also in the winter.

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Opatija Off The Beaten Path

  • Volosko - konoba

    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...

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  • TIME TO CATCH A LITTLE WARMTH

    When bura wind finally stopped little lizzards came out of the holes and showed all their beauty.

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  • SNOW AROUND OPATIJA

    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.

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Opatija Sports & Outdoors

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    by croisbeauty Written Sep 6, 2004

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    In Opatija one can practicing a lot of different sports activities such as: water sports, tennis, footbball, paragliding, jogging etc.
    The Lungomare promenade is perfect place for those who like jogging, it is several kilometres long from Volosko to Lovran.
    If you prefer team sports, beach voleyball is right sport activity in the hot summer days. Just join to those who are already playing it, more people in, more fun.

    beach voleyball at Slatina Beach voleyball on Slatina
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Opatija Favorites

  • More promenade

    Besides the promenade of Lungomare, this section which is situated right in front of the hotel Palace is the most popular one. It is also the meeting point and the place where one can see and be seen. Do not miss to be here in the hot summer nights, when visiting Opatija, because it is the place where many beautiful girls passes by.

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  • Hotels

    Opatija is a traditional and highly-ranked destination on the tourism map of the Republic of Croatia, as well a prestigious destination on the signpost of western Kvarner. This small city, with about 10.000 inhabitants, has an enviable network of tourist activities.Opatija was the very first to go in for tourism with a health and fitness slant, and...

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  • This is Adriatic

    Yes, this is Adriatic the most beautiful and cleanest sea in the Mediterranean area. Since I am Croat you may considere me too subjective, however, this is not my opinion only. Most of my friends from abroad are the very same opinion too. The seashore of Adriatic offers numerous beaches where you can be all alone. This one is situated in the...

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