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Opatija, often called the queen of the Adriatic, is one of Croatia's most famous destinations, boasting a tradition of welcoming visitors dating back more than 175 years. Located at the edge of the Mediterranean, on the slopes of Mount Učka gently descending towards the coast of Kvarner Bay, Opatija with its local climate, beautiful architecture, boutique hotels and luxurious, well-tended parks and promenades, offers plenty of possibilities for a pleasant stay throughout the year. Get to know Opatija, and let Opatija get to know you!

Opatija Riviera

The Opatija Riviera is a place that according to Slavic mythology was chosen by the gods who inhabited the slopes of Mount Učka, and it was also a resort for kings and emperors in the late 19th century. Today, it still offers spectacular scenery and royal treatment to every visitor. The Riviera is named after Opatija, a town that was the cradle of modern European tourism and which has for more than 170 years been considered one of the most elite Mediterranean destinations. it would be wrong to assume that the history of tourism on the Opatija Riviera can be found only in museums. It is within the reach of every visitor to the town, so why not take the opportunity to learn more about this tradition? We invite you to take a walk along the Lungomare coastal promenade just like the Emperor Franz Joseph did in the past. After all, this promenade today bears his name. You can also pay a visit to the local cafés to sample desserts that in the past were only served in Opatija and at the Viennese Court, or admire the sunrise while listening to the murmur of the sea and taking in the fragrant scent of laurel, just like so many couples in love before... Seventeen decades of tourism in this area are a guarantee of quality of service, as the local tourism professionals are particularly proud of their tradition and have carefully handed down knowledge from generation to generation. The hotel business on the Opatija Riviera, which started in 1884 with the construction of the Hotel Kvarner (the first hotel on the Croatian Adriatic), today still continues the "old school" tradition in which the guest always comes first. It is therefore no wonder that many visitors return again and again, and that some of them even find their home away from home here.

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Between two long sips of a cappuccino in your favorite café in Opatija, think carefully how you want to spend your precious free moments, because there are so many possibilities...


Nouvelle cuisine showpieces or a rustic tavern where time has stood still? Whichever you choose, Opatija Riviera offers the best of both worlds! Opatija Riviera’s ideal position at the juncture between the sea and mainland is reflected in its gastronomy. Creative menus mix continental and Mediterranean cuisine which cannot be imagined without perfectly fresh local organic produce. It is no wonder that Opatija Riviera boasts some of the best restaurants on the Croatian Adriatic. Let us mention just a few of the famous local delicacies: Kvarner scampi, fresh from the gulf of Kvarner, wild asparagus, chestnuts and cherries from Lovran, and Istrian truffles. You can keep adding to the list, right down to dessert....

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