The unique Opatija radiates with quiet elegance and sumptuous beauty. Here,
where the sea softly kisses the shore and the romantic spirit pervades every corner, buildings that still evoke the beauty
of the old aristocracy (who visited them lovingly) were erected. The most beautiful ladies walked through lush gardens and
parks in the shadow of lace umbrellas. Uninhibited laughter echoed in its dance halls while sumptuous garments twisted to
the rhythm of a waltz. On the terrace overlooking the blue Kvarner, great moves of powerful kings and emperors were negotiated.
Even today, many years later, Opatija, like a beautiful lady, enjoys her riches and fullness of life. Opatija’s
villas and hotels of exceptional architectural value, surrounded by the evergreen Učka, healing sea and beautifully arranged
parks, have perfectly combined the modern spirit and the benefits of a top tourist offer. Because of its unique climate and
temperature, Opatija is attractive not only in the hot summer months when offering refreshment, but in the winter as well,
with its mild and warm temperatures because of which it was a popular resort and sanatorium of the Austrian aristocracy.
Opatija is a place rich in cultural and entertainment events, unique culinary delicacies and, in recent years, in superb
wellness and beauty treatments. Opatija is absolutely the ideal destination for a totally relaxing holiday. Each visitor of
the beautiful Opatija lives with its timeless beauty, carrying it with himself wherever he goes.
The history of Opatija goes deeply into the past. Today's residents are descendants
of the Liburni, who were present in this region from the 9th century BC. They were known as skilled navigators and builders
of fast ships. The ships were built of planks that were sewn with rope. They sailed to North Africa and Asia. It is very characteristic
that they particularly treasured women who sustained the cult of their ancestors. The beliefs of the Liburni were based on
old deities, mostly women, of whom we know Anzotike, Ika, Irija and Sentona and they worshiped the god Silvanus as well. After
a long battle with the Romans, the Liburni lost their power and this territory fell under the rule of Rome. After the fall
of Rome in the 5th century, the area was occupied by the Ostrogoths, while in the 6th century the territory was ruled by Byzantium.
In the 7th century the Slavs came. The Franks replaced them and in the 12th century Opatija was under the government of the
patriarchs of Aquileia. Today’s Opatija was born from the church of St. James and the monastery, which were first mentioned
in the mid-15th century.
Then Opatija passed into the hands of the Habsburg family. From the mid-16th century to the early 18th century, the Augustins
from Rijeka owned Opatija, and at the end of the century it passed into the hands of the Church. After the arrival of Austria,
a period of great progress began. In 1844 Opatija begun to develop as an elite resort. In that period Villa Angelina was built.
In the same year, the Grand Hotel Kvarner opened. It is the oldest hotel on the Adriatic coast, known in that period as the
favorite place of European kings and emperors of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. In 1889, Opatija was officially declared the
first resort on the Adriatic Sea. Up to 1913, a dozen hotels, 44 bed and breakfasts, 83 villas and even 5 baths surrounded
by beautiful botanical gardens were built here. During the First World War, Opatija begun to fall with the arrival of the
Kingdom of Italy and then with the arrival of fascism. After Italy, there was the German occupation in 1943 which lasted until
1945 when Opatija was freed and annexed to the former Yugoslavia. During this period, tourism and Opatija itself throve again.
In 1991 after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Opatija became an integral part of Croatia.
St. James Church - from the 15th century; with the monastery it is the place where today's Opatija was
Church of the Annunciation – it is an imposing neo-Romanesque structure built in 1906,
with a great green dome and a monastery
Fontana Helios and Selena – it represents the Sun
and the Moon, personified in the mythological characters of brother and sister
- a beautiful building built in 1844, once a central place of entertainment for the aristocracy in that period; it lies in
the middle of the botanical garden and it is now a Museum of tourism
Hotels and villas - the beauty
and uniqueness of the local constructions impress at every step; the most famous are the hotel Kvarner and Imperial, Villa
Amalia in which stayed European kings and emperors, celebrities like the dancer Isadora Duncan and many others
St. James Park – a beautiful botanical garden with an area of 3.64 hectares divided into 60 fields. In it
about 150 plant species have been planted, which mostly originate from distant countries. Along with the beautiful magnolia,
the most famous among them is the Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica), which eventually became the symbol of Opatija
The sculpture "Girl with a seagull" - set on a cliff by the sea; created in 1956
Veprinac - former prehistoric ruins with Glagolitic inscriptions and medieval buildings, of which the most famous
are the city lodge, the church of St. Mark and the city gate
Učka Natural Park - a place rich
in flora and fauna, which boasts several endemic species of which we point out Campanula tommasiniana and the griffon vulture
(Gyps fulvus). This is also a place of extraordinary archaeological treasures where in some caves evidences of human presence
before 12,000 years BC were found
Astronomy Center Rijeka – it is composed of a digital
planetarium, an observatory, a small and a large hall, a multimedia workshop and a panoramic terrace on the roof of the building.
As part of the project programs are offered in several languages
Carnival - a traditional carnival, with a rich entertainment program - 15.01.-15.02.
Festival - Festival of coffee, with a variety of coffees, desserts and cocktails with coffee flavors - 03.04.-05.04.
Festival of young Croatian wines - enological events with a rich offer of wine from the all of Croatia
Flower Festival - a horticultural event - 30.04.-02.05.
Barufe - big rock festival 21.05.-22.05.
Highland races Učka - highland car race - 05.06.-06.06.
Liburnija Jazz Festival - Jazz Festival, where big jazz guests
Kaisernacht - musical and theatrical spectacle of reviving of Austrian art, traditions and gastronomy
Liburnicon - science fiction convention 23.07.-24.07.
St.Lovro - a traditional folk festival with a rich entertainment and gastronomic offer 10.08.
- a sailing regatta 11.09.12.09.
Chocolate Festival - gastronomic festival with a wide range of desserts and beverages
made of chocolate 03.12.-05.12.