An historic seaside resort
In 1844 Opatija began its life as a resort; with stunning coastal views and a mild climate it quickly drew an aristocratic clientele. The Grand Hotel Kvarner opened its doors, noblemen began to build spacious villas, and Opatija became the fashionable seaside resort of the Austro- Hungarian Empire.
Here elegant ladies strolled the lush gardens and parks in the shade of parasols, and dancers swayed to the tempo of the waltz. On a terrace overlooking the blue bay, kings and emperors negotiated alliances and hatched plots. The grand residences of the wealthy are now hotels that still exude the air of elegance of a bygone age.
Explore one of Opatija’s grandest buildings and marvel at the mosaics, frescoes, Corinthian columns, and gilded mirrors. The magnificent gardens surrounding the villa include gingko trees, sequoias, holm oaks, Japanese camellia (Opatija’s symbol), and an open-air theater. The villa houses the Croatian Museum of Tourism.
This wonderful path winds 12KM along the coast of the Adriatic Sea, through exotic bushes, thickets of bamboo, past elaborate villas with majestic gardens, small villages, and rocky bays.
Town of Moscenice & Charming Opatija
Opatija, Croatia At a glance