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Opatija is a tranquil resort on the corner of the Istrian peninsula but administratively in the Kvarner region. Its mild climate and stunning setting made it a favorite holiday destination for 19th century Austrians. Of all Croatia's resorts, there is the widest choice of classic hotels in Opatija, many of which were built at the turn of the 20th century.
The elegant architecture and stunning Mediterranean scenery made Opatija a natural to substitute for the French Riviera in the film Grace of Monaco about Grace Kelly.
Opatija's highly indented and rocky coast is bordered by a shady promenade, the Lungomare, which extends for 12km to the picturesque village of Lovran. Along the way, there are dozens of secluded coves to stretch out a towel along the rocks and jump into the sea. (See Opatija on a map)
Opatija is one of the rare resorts with something for everyone. Families have a kiddie park along the sea, couples can take romantic strolls on the Lungomare, singles will enjoy the nightlife. Opatija remains a favourite of Austrians with an increasing influx of Italians. Although the main shopping street is fairly high-end, the abundance of private accommodation makes it attractive to backpackers as well as the well-heeled crowd that fills the five-star hotels.
The Liburnia Film Festival is held at the end of August in nearby Icici and focuses on Croatian documentaries. In addition to the screenings, an array of concerts and musical events make it a festive week. More.
From classic hotels to modest rooms, there is accommodation for every taste in Opatija. Because Opatija is long and narrow, no matter where you stay, you're sure to be only steps from the sea. Find out more about hotels and private accommodation in 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.
The Opatija tourist office (tel 051-271 310) is on the main road at M. Tita 162.
Opatija restaurant chosen as one of the world's best. More.
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