Opatija, often called the Nice of the Adriatic, is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Croatia and a place with the longest tourist tradition on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. The Opatija Riviera has been writing its history since the 12th century from the times of skilled pirates and sailors.
The Opatija Riviera is lovely for holiday in the summer and magical in winter. In the warm summer months, you will be greeted by the clean sea, nice beaches and good entertainment, while in the winter you can walk along the 12 kilometre long waterfront or hike along forest trails. Spring and fall are ideal for bicycling, hiking or just sightseeing some of many sights in Opatija.
With its proximity to Slovenia, Austria and Italy, the Opatija Riviera has an advantage over all other tourism destinations. Just kilometers before Opatija is Preluk, an inlet where the Mediterranean Sea cuts deepest into central Europe, thus bringing the continental and Mediterranean climates on the Riviera.
Due to the climate, the mild winters, bearable summers, constant air circulation, sea aerosols and the rich vegetation Opatija has developed as climatic rehabilitation centre. Due to the position of Riviera and Ucka Mountain which dominates over it, the sun rests earlier in the summer months, allowing for carefree time on the beaches. Also, you can enjoy pleasant summer nights, when the temperature drops to about 17 C ensuring good sleep at night.
The Opatija Riviera can boast having lust vegetation, coniferous and deciduous plants, laurel and rosemary bushes, cherry and chestnut trees, as well as numerous exotic plant species in the Angiolina and St. Jacobs Park in Opatija, which for many years has been granted the title of the most beautiful park in Croatia.
Church of St. Jacob was built in about 1420 as a colony of the Benedictine monks. This abbey (Opatija) later gave its name to the city, however, very little has remained of its original appearance, as it was adapted in 1506, renovated at the end of the 18th century and expanded in the 1930s. A copy of the relief "Pieta" depicting the dying Christ with his mother Mary and Mary Magdalene, by the esteemed Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic is held in the church.
Madonnina is one of the symbols of Opatija, the Girl with the Seagull, the work of academic sculptor Zvonko Car was put up in 1956 in the place of the Madonna sculpture. A copy of Madonnina sculpture now stands before church of St. Jacob.
Also, staying in Opatija allowes you to visit many interesting places not so far away from Opatija. In one day you can visit two national parks Risnjak and Plitvice Lakes. Tours throught Istria, the Kvarner islands will enrich your holiday in Opatija. Those in search of excitement can opt for the "fish picnic" whish offers a true fishing experience. If you decide to make a change in last minute, you can drive or take public transportation and arrive at Moscenice, Kastav, Veprinac of Ucka - nature park in less than an hour. If you are looking to experience one of the most beautiful panoramas in this part of Europe, then you simply must visit Ucka Mountain and climb up to its highest park, Vojak (1401 m) and its stone tower-viewing point. On a clear day you can see Istria, Kvarner and the central Dalmatian islands, Gorski Kotar, the peaks of the italian Alps and Venice... You can reach Vojak in only few hours along the numerous hiking trails leading upwards from the towns of Liburnia Riviera, and considering that the trails lead through lovely and botanicaly valuable beech forests, you will find refreshing shade here in even the hot summer months. Opatija's Marina has 200 berths in the sea and 40 places on the land.
Opatija, a town, harbour, tourist, summer and climatic resort on the foot of Mt. Ucka, situated at the eastern coast of Istria in the Rijeka Bay, 13 km southwest of Rijeka. The coastal region formed of limestone, in which Opatija lies, is protected from the north and northwest by Ucka. Climatic conditions are favourable, with relatively mild winters; the mean air temperature in January attains 4.7 °C, and in July 23.3 °C; 2,230 hours of sunshine a year. The whole narrow coastal strip is covered with evergreen vegetation; there are no loose soils or water springs. Ucka holds the moist air and clouds driven by the westerly winds, so that Opatija has lower rainfall and more hours of sunshine than Rijeka. The climate and the specific historic and geographic features favoured Opatija's rapid development. The completion of the railway Vienna - Trieste (1857) and the branch railroad from Pivka (then called Sent Peter) to Rijeka (1873) opened the way from Vienna to Opatija. The climatic advantages of Opatija were famous already in the first half of the 19th century. Chief occupation is tourism. The harbour consists of a pier and a protected basin. The inner part of it is protected from all winds except from those blowing from the first quadrant; the bora is moderate, blowing from the east; the sirocco and the easterly winds are rather strong and heave the sea. The outer part of the port is designed for larger vessels, and smaller vessels can land at the inner part. The anchoring ground lies 500 m off the coast, but is far from being safe during strong easterly and south-easterly winds. The harbour comprises a marina. Situated on the road (M2, E751) Rijeka - Pula.