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If you wish to enjoy the traditional seaside resort experience in Croatia, then Opatija is one of your best options. It’s just a short drive from Rijeka, located on the Istrian Peninsula, with a coastline that is rugged and rustic, but thoroughly enjoyable.
One of the top landmarks in the region can be found in Opatija. A Benedictine abbey, built in the 14th century, can be found in St. James Park. The church was built in the 16th century, enlarged in 1937, and stands in the same location.
Make your way to the 19th century Villa Angiolina for a fascinating boutique museum experience.
Opatija is surrounded by a forested bay laurel landscape, which gives you opportunities to take on a trekking adventure if you wish. Go in the morning when the day is still cool, then relax on the beach to enjoy the afternoon sunshine. Snorkeling and swimming are available all year long, while water sports rentals are often provided with a resort package.
The Chocolate Festival, held annually every December since 2005, provides visitors with some of the best local desserts and international chocolate brands. Exhibitors take over the local ballroom and provide tastings, while the museums, restaurants, and galleries all offer chocolate-themed events and specials.
If you love the idea of a resort, but want to a chance to explore, then Opatija is a wonderful opportunity. It gives you access to sun, sand, and surf when you want, along with a trail that can take you into a moment of peace when you need it.
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Croatias Walk of Fame
The Croatian Walk of Fame project in Opatija was launched in 2005 by the Apriori Communications agency as a symbolic tribute to all the people whose sporting, scientific, cultural or artistic endeavours have contributed significantly to the worldwide promotion of Croatia.
Another sight is the Villa Angiolina, built in 1844 by Iginio Scarpa. This villa, transformed into a museum. Since 1844. Villa Angiolina had many prominent guests
Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation
This interesting neo-Romanesque building with three naves and a noticeable green dome dates from 1906. Its construction, to the designs of the architect Karl Seidl, was begun by the Austrians and continued by the Italians.
Saint James Chuch and Park
The old 14th-century Benedictine abbey, Opatija Sv. Jakova (“Abbey of Saint Jacob”), from which the town derives its name (opatija means “abbey” in Croatian) is located in Park Svetog Jakova or Saint James’s Park. Saint Jacob’s church, built in 1506 and enlarged in 1937, now stands on the same spot. The neo-Romanesque Church of the Annunciation with its pronounced green cupola, was designed in 1906 by architect Karl Seidl.
Maiden with the seagull
Opatija is known for the Maiden with the seagull, a statue by Zvonko Car (1956), which is positioned on a promontory by the Juraj Šporer art pavilion. It has turned into one of symbols of Opatija. A gilded variant of the statue Madonna, that once stood here but was demolished by communists after the end of World War II, now stands in front of Saint Jacob’s Church.
The town park Angiolina
Angiolina Park is one of the most celebrated parks in Croatia and the most famous park in Opatija. With a great variety of plant species from different parts of the world, this park can be described as the green heart of the town. The camellia, which thrives in this park, has become a symbol of Opatija.
When is the best time to travel ?
The best time to visit Opatija and Croatia is May, June, September and October. The weather in these months are very nice. July and August are peak season with peak prices and furthermore it can be very hot, especially in the afternoon.
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