The Istrian town of Opatija was a posh and well-known resort since the 19th century. It is famous for its mild climate, beautiful Belle Epoque classic Croatian and Grand Austrian architecture and verdant laurel forests and picturesque rocky landscapes. The town is often called the Queen of the Adriatic, Vienna by the Sea and the Nice of Croatia and is still one of the most iconic travel destinations in Croatia. The first resorts here open more than 170 years ago and attracted many famous people – Gustav Mahler, Isadora Duncan and Anton Chekhov. Visit this nostalgically ambient jewel of the Adriatic and forget about the stress, pressure and hastiness of modern lifestyle.


Feel like an aristocrat at the gorgeous pink-facaded Villa Angiolina built in 1844 by the famous merchant Iginio Scarpa and then used as a sanatorium for international crème de la crème. Take a walk in its peaceful garden and count all the ancient preserved trees and plants and flowers from all around the world.

Walk along the 12 km long seafront promenade Lungomare (Franz-Jozef) and take a break at one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars and take a look at the main symbol of the town – the Girl with a seagull statue.

Gaze at the beautiful murals of the mesmerizing Romanesque Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fancy the harmony and placid atmosphere of the alluring American Garden and enjoy the mesmerizing view over Kvarner Bay.

Listen to chamber music at the medieval Church of St. James and gaze at its precious artefacts.

Relax at the Thalasso Wellness Center and treat yourself with quality rest.

Go hiking or birdwatching at the Ucka Nature Park. There you can also find rare flowers and plants. Or stroll ibn the Carmen Sylva forest and breathe the fresh air and take amazing pictures from Mala Fortica rock.

Take the prettiest pictures near Slatina, Helios and Selena fountains.

Go to one of the many different beaches and find your favorite one:

  • Slatina beach with its emerald green waters, clean and groomed beach and many cafes make it the most popular beach in the area.
  • Medevja Beach can offer amazing mountain views.

Food and drinks

Try freshest seafood and delicatessen at Le Mandrac in an old romantic fishing village Volosko.

Savor traditional home made pasta, beef cheeks and seafood and delicatessen at Valle Losca.

Try famous Istrian truffles and high cuisine at Stancija Kovacici.

Fancy a cocktail at Caffe Bar Mimoza while enjoying an amazing view over the Kvarner Gulf or chill in the comfort of Eugenian bar or go party at the Bar 69 located at the beach.


The town owes its name to the 14th century Benedictine abbey – Opatija Sv. Jakova.