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Although slightly less famous than Opatija, Lovran is equally lush with flowering gardens and plenty of greenery. Named for the laurel (lovor) trees that are abundant everywhere, Lovran is also known for the cherries and chestnuts that grow in its hinterlands. The Lungomare promenade is a lovely seaside walk that connects Lovran with Opatija and other points on the "Liburnian riviera".
Lovran makes a lovely destination in its own right or you can use it as base to explore other Istrian destinations such as Labin, Rabac and Pula. Other day trips from Lovran include Opatija, Rijeka and Cres Island.
There are no direct boat or ferry connections to Lovran, but it's an easy drive from Opatija. Local buses connect Lovran to Opatija and Rijeka and there are frequent intercity buses to Pula, Rovinj and Porec where there are ferries to Italy.
Two-star hotels in Lovran
Late October is the time to participate in the local chestnut festival, the Marunada. The marun chestnut from Lovran is light and sweet and was once most sought after by European aristrocracy. Taste local specialties such as cake and honey made with these delicious chestnuts and experience joyful local music and dances. Get the schedule at the tourist office.
The Lovran tourist office (tel 051-291 740) is at Setaliste M. Tita 73.
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