Opatija is a town which lies to the West of Croatia and to the southwest of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast. It is considered as one of the most popular tourist resorts in Croatia and has a very long tourist tradition, as it also boasts some of the most stunning coastal views in the area.
Its forested hills that slope down to the sparkling blue Adriatic Sea can be appreciated from the Lungamare (waterfront promenade) that stretches over 12km along the beautiful Gulf of Kvarner.
The town is also enhanced by the Vojak of 1401m which lies to the West of the Opatija and which is also the highest point of the Istrian Peninsula.
Opatija is also a renowned yacht charter destination in Croatia and hosts 3 good marinas: ACI Marina Opatija, with 302 berths for yachts measuring up to 40m long, the Marina Admiral, with160 berths for yachts measuring up to 30m long and the ACI Club d.d.
All 3 marinas are well-sheltered in the exception of ACI Marina Opatija which is sometimes more exposed than the others from the northeast winds. Opatija is also within easy distance to the marinas in Rijeka and of Marina Luka Rabac.
During your visit in the town of Opatija, you will have the opportunity to visit the ancient town called Moscenice, which lies at only 2km from the sea on a 173m high cliff.
The town is dotted with many narrow streets and museums. You can still see the town’s ramparts and its gates, the Habsburg family coat of arms, the baroque church and the town lodge.
In the newer town, you can visit the Museum of Croatian Tourism in Opatija which is housed in the villa Angiolina featuring a 2 part permanent exhibition. One is dedicated to Opatija as the cradle of the Croatian tourism while the other one offers an overview of the history of tourism in Croatia.
If you are in the area in February, you can enjoy the Festival of Opatija where you will find the children carnival parade, the international parade in Opatija, Lovran and Rijeka.
The sailing club of Opatija also organizes a traditional regatta, the Regatta Galijola, every year in September, where you will see numerous sport cruisers racing on the 72 nautical mile long route from Opatija to the rock of Galijola and back to the town.