If the patrician Hignio Scarpa hadn't built his summer residence Villa Angiolina near the old Benedictine abbey near Volosko, who knows if Opatija would have come into existence at all. It was the beginning of the first tourist destination in Croatia. Built at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has kept its harmonious relationship with nature to this day.
Well-kept parks, an illuminated beachside walk of 12km, clean beaches and fountains which provide a wonderful setting to numerous villas and hotels. Opatija was regularly visited by numerous European celebrities, kings and princes, writers, musicians and bons vivants. The Congress Centre, which seats 500 and 800, is the basis of business tourism.
Opatija is an Adriatic pearl!
Opatija was Croatia's first tourist destination and it still remains as one of the best quality holiday locations.
Heritage, Wine, Food
Bendictine Abbey with St. Jacob's Church, hotels, villas in neoclassical and secessionist style, Museum of Tourism.
Opatija's leading restaurants are some of Croatia's and central Europe's best culinary establishments. The local cuisine is a potpourri of the traditional and the rural, and aided by the central European art of pastry, making it represents an important part of the resorts culinary and wine offer.
Entertainment, Recreation, Excursions
11 indoor swimming pools, wellness programmes, casino, night clubs, summer stage with a seating capacity of 2000, carnivals, festivals, excursions, day trips to the National Parks of Plitvice and Risnjak, and even to Venice.
Getting there: Train, motorway, air travel (Rijeka airport), ferries...