Located next to the Istria region of Croatia, the Kvarner Riviera has long enjoyed a great reputation for tourism.
Opatija is one of the most popular resorts in Croatia and is the most well known on the Kvarner Riviera it also has the longest tourist tradition on the eastern Adriatic. People have chosen Opatija for their holiday in Croatia since Victorian times.
The Venetians inhabited this area for over 500 years – this is reflected in the buildings and homes which are decorated in the delicate hues of umber and ochre with terracotta tiles to the roof.
As well as the mainland, Kvarner has several islands which are all strikingly beautiful in diverse ways. Green and verdant or rocky and dramatic and some even have sandy beaches which are very rare in Croatia.
Opatija is in a sheltered spot on the Kvarner Gulf. In Victorian times the area was the preserve of high society holidaymakers. Opatija was first a tourism hot spot for health holidays – in winter !
Now it’s available to us all to enjoy, however the legacy of the glorious building redolent of the era remain for us to admire. Many of these buildings have undergone complete refurbishment and now offer luxurious hotel accommodation without compromising the individual Austro Hungarian Victorian character of the building.
Known as the ‘Nice of the Adriatic’ with good reason, yachts berth in the many marinas providing great opportunities for people watching in the many harbourside cafes and restaurants.
The water here is particularly clear and is great for swimming. And for those who enjoy walking the Lungo Mare stretches from Preluka to Lovran and is approximately 12 kilometres in length. A real coastal walk.
The Kvarner Festival which is now entering its 9th year – draws a variety of famous classical musicians from all over the world and is achieving international recognition as a ‘must attend’ within the European cultural calendar.
Visit the fabulous Plitvice National Park, 16 emerald green lakes interlinked with crystal clear waterfalls. Flora and fauna abound in a beautiful natural surroundings. We suggest this is an ideal spot for at least a one or preferably a two night stay before travelling to the coast for a more traditional element to make the perfect two or multi centre Croatia holiday.
Plenty of small islands such as Rab and Cres invite discovery and there are lots of opportunities for watersports and snorkelling. Most hotels front onto pretty promenades and all have wonderful sea views. We’re convinced that Rab will become the next holiday hotspot in Croatia, its got a feel of Dubrovnik about it – but is much less crowded. During the summer there are plenty of sailing regattas and fashion shows as well as cultural events.
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