With its rich history, elegance and unrivaled beauty, Opatija, on Croatia’s Istrian coast, has become one the most popular holiday destinations in Central Europe. Nestled on the banks of the Adriatic Sea, the charm of the Opatija Riviera is undeniable. The city’s tourism tradition dates back more than 170 years. The first hotels built along the Adriatic were constructed in this scenic coastal town.
Built around a 12th century Benedictine abbey, Opatija gained a reputation as a climatic health resort in Victorian times, attracting visitors from all over Europe including Wilhelm II, the composer Gustav Mahler and the playwright Anton Chekhov.
The Opatija Riviera stretches nearly 40km and offers everything needed for a truly memorable holiday in Croatia. Breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea are all around and the Lungomare, the popular seafront promenade, is a perfect spot to experience the impressive sights, as well as sample delicious local dishes of the resort’s many restaurants.
We use the excellently located Grand Adriatic Hotel, which boasts its own stone beach and beautiful views across Kvarner Bay.
Opatija sits in a protected cove in the Gulf of Kvarner, so the sea is relatively calm and perfect for bathing. Many of the beaches are shingle or stone but some sandy sections can be found, such as those on Icici and Lido.