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Abbazia (in Italian), also known as Opatija (in Croatian) is one of the most pleasant holiday spots of the Adriatic Sea for tourists. You will be pleased by natural plants, laurus, nerium and palms in a pleasant environment during your holidays. If you don’t want to travel far away, still you look for quality holidays, then this city of the Adriatic region is your prime choice.
Location of Opatija
Opatija lies 8 km west of Rijeka in the north eastern part of the Istrian peninsula, on the coast of Kvarner bay and at the foot of Učka mountains. The city is accessible on public road on the A8 motorway from the direction of Istrian peninsula, on the A7 motorway from the direction of Trieste and Dalmatia and on the A6 motorway from Zagreb.
History of Opatija
Opatija’s history is deeply rooted in the past. Today’s inhabitants are the descendants of Liburnians who used to settle down in the region in the 9th century. They were famous experts as builders of fast boats that were built of planks sewed with ropes and could sail to North Africa or Asia. After a long battle with the Romans the Liburnians lost their power. Following the fall of the Roman Empire the territory was controlled by the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century, then Slavs and Franks came in the 7th century.
Today’s Opatija was created from the Saint James church and the monastery. They were first mentioned in the middle of the 15th century. Eventually, the city became part of the Hapsburg Empire and was ruled by the Catholic Church at the end of the 18th century. This is when the City’s development started and when holiday resorts were created and Opatija was officially declared the first-holiday city of the Adriatic region. A dozen hotels, pensions, villas and even five spas were established here until 1913. During the First World War Opatja was ruled by the Kingdom of Italy that was followed by German occupation until 1945. After this, the city became part of Yugoslavia and when Yugoslavia got dissolved in 1991, it joined Croatia.
Beaches in Opatija
Opatija offers a wide range of well-equipped beaches that are ideal for both children and adults. The combination of crystal clear sea and luxury beaches is perfect for a wonderful holiday. Feel the sand among your toes and get refreshed in the relaxing waves. Take your pet with you and enjoy the hot sunshine. Get on a boat and enjoy the fresh sea air from aboard!
Lido Beach Resort:
Pamper yourself with the perfect comfort of Lido Beach that expects holidaymakers with pleasant sunbeds, a fantastic restaurant and a modern pool. This most exclusive beach can be found in the city centre next to the beautiful Angiolina Park. The beach offers many services and opportunities for visitors including quality bars and restaurants as well as various entertainment facilities.
Are you ready for an exciting beach day? Slatina beach is in the heart of Opatija. The beach is partly covered by concrete and by sand. You can find cafés, restaurants and sports facilities in its direct neighbourhood.
Škrbići family beach:
The small Škrbići beach that is ideal for both families with kids and those who wish to avoid sunshine and lie in the shadow is near Hotel Miramar. The beach is covered by pebbles and concrete and stairs lead into the sea. If you arrive by boat, you can get anchored and already jump into the refreshing waves.
Main sights in Opatija
The Saint James church in the centre of Opatija is one of the most important buildings in the city. The city’s history is closely connected to this church and its monastery and that is where its name may originate from too. If you want to learn more about the history of Opatija, the Croatian Tourism Museum will offer three exhibition sites for you. Many buildings expect you here with wonderful architecture, just like Angiolina park. The Villa was built between 1845-1860. Angiolina park still has special plants from the Far East, South America and Australia on show. You can see almost 170 different plant species here on an area of 3.6 hectares.
Weather in Opatija
The mountain Učka rises 1,396 meters above the city, which makes Opatija’s climate mild in the winter. The average temperature in the winter is 7-9 °C, while in the summer the mountain reduces heat. The Adriatic region has a Mediterranean climate with much sunshine, dry and hot summers, and a mild and humid winter.
Rent a boat in Opatija
The city’s port, ACI-marina Opatija, is open all year round. The port has 302 mooring places and 35 coastal storing spots and also many services are offered. You can take water and power, but you can also find money exchange, restaurant, toilet and shower, laundry, yachting store, and a repair workshop there.
The port has also been awarded with the Blue Flag decoration due to its equipment and environmental quality. The port can be easily recognized from the sea from its breakwater. You find the entry from the northeast and a light indicator at the end of the breakwater helps you navigate and sail there. The port is also easy to approach from the coastal promenade, which provides you with a really pleasant atmosphere at night.
The coast is still bordered by villas and luxury hotels built at the end of the 19th century. It is not among the most popular places today, but it is an ideal holiday resort for the elderly as well as for those who want to combine high quality environment with beauty and silence. Find yacht routes in Kvarner Bay or choose another yacht charter in Kvarner Bay.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Opatija. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Opatija shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Opatija shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Opatija, and cruise around Opatija
Day 1. Opatija – Rijeka 10.25 km (6.37 mi), Day 2. Rijeka – Crikvenica 29.77 km (18.50 mi),Day 3. Crikvenica – Senj 26.64 km (16.55 mi), Day 4. Senj – Baska 12.09 km (7.51 mi),Day 5. Baska – Lopar (Rab) 19.66 km (12.22 mi), Day 6. Lopar – Punat 23.41 km (14.55 mi), Day 7. Punat – Cres Island – Opatija 50.96 km (31.67 mi)
Day 1. Opatija – Lovran 6.07 km (3.77 mi), Day 2. Lovran – Rabac 27.72 km (17.22 mi), Day 3. Rabac – Medulin 43.21 km (26.85 mi), Day 4. Medulin – Susak 46.34 km (28.79 mi), Day 5. Susak – Mali Losinj 14.33 km (8.90 mi), Day 6. Mali Losinj – Premuda 29.07 km (18.06 mi), Day 7. Premuda – Silba island – Olib island 18.72 km (11.63 mi), Day 8. Olib – Opatija (Pag island) 23.06 km (14.33 mi), Day 9. Pag – Lopar 42.70 km (26.53 mi), Day 10. Lopar – Punat 23.59 km (14.66 mi), Day 11. Punat – Baska 22.33 km (13.88 mi), Day 12. Baska -Senj 12.09 km (7.51 mi), Day 13. Senj – Crikvenica 26.64 km (16.55 mi),Day 14. Crikvenica – Rijeka – Opatija 36.34 km (22.58 mi)
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