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This chic oceanfront resort is known for its elegant Belle Époque architecture, renowned seafood restaurants and year-round mild climate.

Opatija is a popular resort town with a history of tourism dating back more than 150 years. At its center sit several grand pastel-colored villas and elegant buildings, with architectural styles ranging from classical to Baroque, Venetian and Gothic. Stroll along the romantic Lungomare coastal promenade, swim at Slatina Beach and visit famous seafood restaurants in Volosko.

This town was a sleepy fishing village until the mid-19th century when a rich merchant, Iginio Scarpa, built the lavish Villa Angiolina as a vacation getaway. Later, the railway arrived at Opatija and authorities began developing and promoting the town as an elite vacation destination for European nobles and aristocrats. As you explore, look for hints of its opulent past in the extravagant Austro-Hungarian architecture.

Trace the resort town’s history at the impeccably restored Villa Angiolina and various other longstanding tourist establishments, such as Hotel Kvarner and Hotel Imperial. Opatija’s main street, Maršala Tita, has additional examples of lavish Austro-Hungarian architecture.

Stop at Slatina Beach, where vacationers congregate to swim and sunbathe. Take a walk along the Lungomare, an oceanfront promenade stretching for 7.5 miles (12 kilometers). This attractive tree-lined trail leads past ornate oceanfront villas and offers access to scenic rocky coves.

North of Opatija lies the old fishing village of Volosko. Stop at its lauded seafood restaurants, which serve fish fresh from the harbor. In the center of town, museums and churches, including the Croatian Museum of Tourism in Villa Angiolina and the 15th-century St. Jakov’s Church, provide indoor entertainment for a rare rainy day.

For a more challenging outdoor adventure, hike up Mount Učka. The forested slopes of the mountain can be seen looming above the Opatija skyline. Follow one of several trails leading to its summit.

Opatija is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from Rijeka. It is relatively small and best explored on foot. There is no train station in the village, so use regular bus services departing from Rijeka to get here.

Top Hotels in Opatija

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Remisens Premium Hotel Ambasador
Remisens Premium Hotel Ambasador
5 out of 5
Feliksa Persica 5, Opatija
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $195 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Opatija hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino Rosalia and Kvarner Gulf. Port of Opatija and Park Angiolina are also within 10 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (351 reviews)

"We had a room with the sea view and was worth the price of the room. Everything is within walking distance and you have access to the beach from the hotel. Their breakfast was on a different level and I enjoyed every bit of it. Just be mindful that the hotel parking may get full, and you have to ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2020

Remisens Premium Hotel Ambasador
Smart Selection Hotel Istra
Smart Selection Hotel Istra
3 out of 5
Maršala Tita 143, Opatija
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Opatija hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Slatina Beach and Kvarner Gulf. Church of the Annunciation of Mary and Croatian Walk of Fame ...

3.8/5Good! (28 reviews)

"Location on Adriatic shore was outstanding. Bathroom typical miniature European dimensions and I am only 5"5"" tall."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Smart Selection Hotel Istra
Hotel Paris
Hotel Paris
4 out of 5
Ul. Vladimira Nazora 1, Opatija
The price is $141 per night

Located in the heart of Opatija, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Park Angiolina and Kvarner Gulf. Lido Beach and St. James's Church are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (17 reviews)

"New hotel, perfect"…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Hotel Paris

Popular places to visit in Opatija

Slatina Beach
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Slatina Beach

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Join other vacationers at this centrally located concrete beach, which is equipped with numerous family-friendly amenities.

Lido Beach
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Lido Beach

4/5(8 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Lido Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Opatija. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Maiden with the Seagull Statue
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Maiden with the Seagull Statue

Find out about the history of Opatija when you take a trip to Maiden with the Seagull Statue. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Top things to do in Opatija

Charming Adriatic Gems
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Charming Adriatic Gems

$60
Per adult
Rijeka Port - Opatija & Kvarner Bay Tour
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Rijeka Port - Opatija & Kvarner Bay Tour

$104
Per adult
Private Istria Day trip from Zagreb
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Private Istria Day trip from Zagreb

$622
Per adult
Krk bridge sea kayaking tour
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Krk bridge sea kayaking tour

$40
Per adult
Istrian Cooking Class
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Istrian Cooking Class

$131
Per adult
Private Transfer from Opatija to Rijeka Airport (RJK)
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Private Transfer from Opatija to Rijeka Airport (RJK)

$103
Per adult

Reviews of Opatija

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 25, 2019

Have been several times, always enjoy visiting Opatijja. I appreciate the architecture, general atmosphere, greenery, parks, as well as shopping and restaurant options.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Beautiful coastal town! Not overrun by tourists during the holiday season. Plenty to do, but not too noisy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 21, 2019

I wished we stayed more than a day, the city still has a royal-like flavor , with a beautiful promenade , cafes, etc.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 21, 2019

Opatija is beautiful place...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 18, 2019

Nice little town, very friendly, quiet and safe. Love it.

5/5 - Excellent

Georgia

May 10, 2019

What a beautiful place! It is very sad that we only had a night to spend there on our way to Pula.