A small fishing village by the name of Volosko. You must visit this small seaside village by the sea. Walk on the embankment until you reach a town that can be called 'A Playground for The Rich' ...according to me.
In fact, if you have a day from Rijeka, please take a bus & get off in Volosko, then walk about 2 miles to reach Opatija...Buses are very frequent.
Please have a visit to my Volosko Page.
Opatija, that's the name of the town. Everything here is for the rich, well almost. Walked to this town from Volosko, the small fishing village above.
Opatija has many Habsburg-era houses, buildings, expensive hotels, a monument, a church, a beautiful park....& loads of rich people doing their thangs !
Although Opatija is about 13 km south-west of Rijeka, it's almost a must because it's a lively town with some scenic views over the sea !
The construction of the trail permitted researchers and mountain climbers an easier access to the most valuable relief and vegetarian parts of the mountain, classified, in 1978, by the UNESCO Charter as the world's wildlife refuge of the biosphere, proclaimed, in 1981, by the Senate Decree as a Nature Park, and the northern and middle parts of Velebit earmarked and protected in the category of National Park, in 1999.
The opart of the Trail crossing the mid-Velebit passes mostly the zones of coastal slopes, which are not as rich in relief and vegetation sights, however, the greatest part of this journey is enchanced by the unique panorama of the islands Rab, Pag, Cres and Losinj.
Veprinec is closer to Opatija than Rijeka, but there is no Opatija page on VT, so I will include it here. These towns are very very close to each other anyway. I strongly suggest taking the bus to Veprinec. The tour info says you can hike there, but as the story in my Croatia travelogue will attest, it is not worth it -- way too dangerous these days.
I really wouldn't advice you to get out off a beaten path. As I was investigating the island, I came to the local graveyard. Just five family - names are written on their tombstones ( as there are only five family living on Susak originaly – there are some immigrants :--) OK, back to the story. Susak is very tranquil place, especially early in the mornig and it's very unconvinient for one if (s)he must go to the place where even an emperor walks alone. So i had no other choices than to walk in the deepest woods and do it as quick as possible being afraid that someone still may come or perhaps a snake would bite my naked …(later I was told there are no snakes on Susak). After I was finished, falling down a few times strugling from the bushes, I came back to the path and what I saw? Two old ladies were doing just the same I did a minute before just in the middle of the road. When they saw me they didn't border at all and they just continue their conversation.What a scene this was you can imagine, but I can asure you it wasn't a nice one. So my advice to you: if you really dont want to get the prove why people shouldn't marry in the family STAY OUT OF THE BEATEN PATH.
Because of a good taste of mine, I'd spare you from the picture (instead of it there is one from the graveyard chapel where old women went as they were finished) SIC.
Walk from the busstation towards the harber, on your right side the boats, on your left side one of the best coffe grinding places I have been to in Croatia, good Brazilian coffee, a must for when you get off the bus, and a very nice gift for your friends to bring with ta!
THE BRIJUNI ISLANDS – Only up to few years ago the islands were closed to the general public as they were summer residence of President Tito and the top officials of former Yugoslavia. Over the years, almost 100 foreign heads of state were received by Tito on the islands and many of the film stars – Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren ….
Nowdays, the islands are open. The group of islands consists of 2 large ones and 12 smaller ones and were given National Park Status in 1983. The largest island is the Great Brijuni (Veli Brijun) – especially green and is covered with Mediterranean vegetation. The island also has a safari park which is home to various animals. There are 4 hotels on the island and they are accessible from the port of Fazana, near Pula, by boat.
For more info check out the Travelogue on my Croatia page.
MEDULIN – a miniature world of islands, bays, peninsulas, lighthouses and a green-blue ecological oasis. In Medulin we can find prehistorical remains of gardens and ancient Roman villas. For centuries peasants and fishermen have lived here in harmony …. And we are left with what nature has generously offered – 80 km of wide beaches.
ROVINJ (ROVIGNO) - Seventeen centuries old, this town changed its name and its soul many a time. It has always been the town of fishermen and famous sailors, bauxite miners, and “tabakins” (the workers in the tobacca factory). In the 7th century an anonymous Ravenna writer mentions the Roman settlement form the 3rd and 4th centuries.
Sherif el Idris, an Arabic geographer mentions it in the 12th century, and Piri-Re’isa, a Turkis admiral in the 15th century. In many Austrian and German documents published between the 18th and 20th centuries it was described as the biggest town in Istria.
The beautiful town is dominated by the church of Saint Euphemi, a baroque edifice built in the 18th century. On the top of the bell tower is the statue of Saint Euphemia which revolving on its axis, has been showing the weather prospects to her fishermen for more than three centuries. From the 60-meter hightower there is the magnificent view on red and grey roofs and scattered chimney, narrow streets and squares the port and the pier with boats, the marina with yachts from many centuries. One can also see in the distance the archipelago of Brioni, Pula, Vodnjan and Porec …. The archipelago of thirteen islands and islets gives a special allure to the coast ….
PULA - The Croatian port of Pula is no ordinary town. Its daily routine as a modern commercial, cultural and tourist centre belies another world – a world which harks back to the adventures of great sailors in the myths and legends of never ending voyages …. Lason and Medea founded the town Polai – the spring of life. With Augustus it become the divine town, “pleasure of the rich, happiness to the middle class”. The area of Pula is magnificcent, with country stone houses, buildings of modern architecture, quiet hacklberry shade and the view to the culture of the mankind. Along the 190 km of beautiful coast and very abounding natural harbours, in hotels, camps and private accommodation. With Trieste and Rijeka, Pula forms a triangle of the attractive towns.
POREC - Is a port on the western part of Istria, one of the most important tourist resorts in Croatia. There are dense pine woods, cypresses and other aromatic Mediterranean vegetation. The climate is mild and there are rocky, pebble and sandy beaches with numerous islets and cliffs, modern hotel complexes and motor camps (Lanterna, Pical, Plava and Zelena laguna).
The old part of the town is situated on the peninsula, in front of which there is the islet of St. Nicholas.
On the Marafor Square, on the spot of the former Roman forum, there are remains of the temples of the Roman Gods Neptune and Mars. In Porec, there is one of the most significant example of the Byzantine art, the Cathedras of Euphrasias (middle of the 6th century). It is included in the UNESCO’s list of the world cultural heritage.
I was the only tourist in May on that island, so I could afford myself a little bit of exhibitionismus (poor sea-guls, how they must have suffer when they saw me naked).
Walking along the big rock beach, we came to a nudist area.
Most of them were getting ready to pack & gone off anyway but the ones who stayed were more curious about me !...
One walks into a nature park, inside which there is a national park, and within the national park there is a strict nature reservation or a forest vegetation reservation.