Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. The city's ideal setting – surrounded by the sea on one side and the lush plant life of nearby Ucka Mountain on the other – makes Opatija a desirable destination in Europe The very attractive geographic position, enabling its warm seas to be quickly reached from many cities in Central Europe (only about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Münich), lush green scenery and a pleasant climate were some of the main reasons for its beginning and the quick development of its tourism at the end of the 19th century.
Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with Nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare", well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels..
Opatija's modern history began over 160 years ago. Thanks to its mild climate and prime location, the city quickly became a gathering spot for the elite, especially for Austro-Hungarian nobility, which included Franz Joseph I, one of Opatija's most famous guests.
Due to a relatively constant temperature (winter average 7.0 °C, summer average 21.9 °C), high air pressure and constant circulation of air, the climate in Opatija is relaxing and refreshing. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions all combine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.
Opatija, a city with a rich history and vast cultural presence, combines style, elegance and amazing Adriatic Sea views – essentials for a truly memorable holiday.