Opatija is built on a mountainside. There’s an amazing view of the sea. Due to its special climate, the particular vegetation otherwise unusual to Kvarner is spiced with the unpaired beauties of 19th-century architecture. The beautiful parks have charming Art Nouveau-style buildings all around. There’s an all-pervading sense of elegance. Order, and cleanliness wherever you look.
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Opatija’s port is on the northern side of the peninsula of the Angiolina Park and the open-air stage. It’s hard to find a free place, but if you’d stop only for a short time, you can do so on the outer side of the embankment. The other port of the town lies in front of the modern building block of the Hotel Admiral. With mooring here, you have resort to every service of the elegant hotel. Between the two ports, there’s a line of fine hotels.
Besides the line of hotels on Lungomare, the view of Opatija is characterized by the Church of Virgin Mary’s green cupola. Watching from afar we might think it’s older and perhaps more beautiful, but actually, it’s from the early 20th century.
The ACI Marina Opatija belongs to Icice administratively. It’s able to host more boats than the ones mentioned above, and it’s just as high in quality. The city centre is only 3 km from here on the promenade.
Opatija is the most elegant coastal town of the Adriatic Sea. It’s graceful and generous. Well-maintained parks, fine frontages, high-quality cafés and restaurants, and their impeccable service add up to the sense of aristocracy. Among the first-class hotels, we can find ones that have pools filled with seawater.
Opatija was a silent little fisher village of 35 houses around the Chruch of St. Jacob until 1844. That’s when the rich Iginio Scarpa from Fiume arrived and built a villa on the seaside called Villa Angiolina named after his wife. Since then the town became a famous holiday resort for the upper ten thousand. The breath-taking panorama, crystal clear water, and lots of green space had such an attraction that tourists kept coming even in the dark times of war.
Volosko is the northern end of the Opatija Riviera. The 12 km long promenade of Lungomare starts here which includes Opatija and several natural and artificial beaches along the coast. Touching Icici, Ika, and Lovran, we can walk until Medveja. Of course, you can cover the distance b jogging or cycling, if you wish to do sports.
On the way, you can take a bath or do water sports anywhere in this section of the shore. The Riviera also offers great hiking opportunities like climbing Mt. Ucka. The highest point is Vojak (1396 m), and the easiest way up is from Lovran which is 5 km from Opatija along the Lungomare. At 700 m height nature signs that we have reached halfway: beech-grove takes over from chestnuts and oak trees. It’s nearly 3 and a half hours to the peak, but the sight from there is worth every effort! If we go back down to Opatija with touching the 922 m high Poklon, we arrive in front of the Hotel Palace.
Lovers of gastronomy can find specialities they like in the restaurants with a wonderful panorama. Local dishes include truffle, Lovran chestnut, and in terms of wines the Malvazija.
The recommended route is a round trip, thus, you can start in either direction depending on the wind.
Starting from Opatija:
1st day the island of Cres
It’s a long spreading mountainous geographical formation. The coast is very indented here with many hidden gulfs and pebbly beaches. It has several diving centres, and you can rent a jet-ski or go skydiving as well. The main sight of Lubenice is the Blue Cave. You can swim into wonderland from the seaside. Spend the night in the port of Cres.
2nd day Mali Losinj
Explore astonishing wonders of nature in the Gulf of Kvarner . Lovers of the sea and sailing can engage in their passion in a safe environment. Meanwhile, wherever you land you can enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere and vegetation, gastronomy, historical towns, and cultural treasures.
3rd day the island of Unije
The largest inhabited island around Mali Losinj is a world of silence, calmness, and sunlight. Unije is known for the Vnetak lighthouse. It’s worth renting diving equipment since the water is very clean in the gulfs. You’ll find a huge, long pebbly beach on the island, which is the most known section. Spend the night in the port of Susak.
4th day the island of Susak
The island only has one small village, Susak. Here you’ll find a beautiful smooth sandy shore just like all over the island. Since Susak is a sand island, the wine here has a completely different flavour compared to the ones raised in stony soil. Islanders speak their own dialect, which other Croats might not understand. They also wear a unique traditional costume at the time of festivities. Many don’t even know about the existence of the island, so don’t miss the discovery of this hidden gem! Spend the night in Ilovik or Veli Losinj.
5th day the island of Pag
The capital of Pag Island, Pag, would only be accessible from the Velebit canal which has the danger of bora in one-third of the year. On Pag’s western side only Novalja is suitable for mooring. Novalja has a great nightlife full of parties, it’s the favourite place of young people. For those who like diving, the peak of Pag could be interesting. Spend the night in the port of Pag.
6th day the island of Rab
Many call it the most beautiful island in the Gulf of Kvarner. It’s full of picturesque gulfs and gorgeous beaches. Try diving near the Cape of Sorinj, where you can view the cargo of a sunk ancient amfore boat. Enjoy the charming, rich greenery and pine forests of the island. You can meet deer and muflons as well. Several small islands are near to Rab such as the Golits and Grgur. It’s a huge experience to discover them. Spend the night in the town’s port.
7th day the island of Krk, then back to Opatija
Krk is the second largest settlement on the island. It has a charming view with little houses built closely together. It’s a Mecca for lovers of watersports and sailors. They usually explore other sights of Krk island from here. Spend the night in the town’s port.
For the Opatija adventure, it’s worth packing more elegant clothing to your boat tour, if you’d like to feel truly well. Keep it classy, as one might say. Enjoy the aristocratic environment, engage in the experience of luxury. You’re guaranteed to have pleasant memories by the time you get home.Marina Admiral Opatija