More than 170 years of the tourist tradition

Opatija Riviera

Opatija, with more than 170 years of tourist tradition, is the oldest tourist destination in Croatia. The entire Riviera took its name after Opatija.

It was created at the place where the Adriatic Sea rises towards the top of the highest Kvarner mountain – Učka. Here the climates of the sea and the mountains merge and mix to give a specific climate of health, mild winters and warm summers.

Emperors, kings and princesses of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy preferred to spend their winters on its shores. That’s why they built Opatija Rivera, 170 years ago, after falling in love with it.


Some of the Opatija’s symbols are:

  • a coastal promenade “Lungomare” over 10 km long, that hugs the coast from Lovran past Opatija and to the Volosko
  • the “Maiden with the Seagull” statue on the cliff
  • St. Jacob’s church and park
  • Juraj Matija Šporer art pavilion
  • numerous fountains, parks, promenades
  • hotels and restaurants with a rich gastronomic offer

Villa Angiolina

The Opatija Riviera rich tradition is preserved in the Croatian Museum of Tourism, located in Villa Angiolina. Built in 1844. represents the beginning of tourism in this part of Europe.


In addition to cultural and historical heritage, the Opatija Riviera offers a handful of recreational activities.

Take a walk along the coastal promenade “Lungomare”, enjoy the views of Opatija while inhaling the healing sea air.

Take the opportunity to sunbathe and swim on one of the many public or private beaches.

Many hiking and biking trails on the mount Učka’slopes provide a view of the entire Kvarner.

Visit us and check it out!


Opatija is linked to the city of Rijeka. Croatia’s third largest city, rich in cultural and historical events. Rijeka is the European Capital of Culture for 2020.

How to get to Opatija


  • Opatija—Zagreb—Budapest 568km
  • Opatija—Ljubljana—Klagenfurt—Salzburg—Munchen 571km
  • Opatija—Ljubljana—Graz—Beč 520km
  • Opatija—Trieste—Venice 232km

Railway stations

  • Rijeka 20km
  • Matulji 4km


  • Rijeka-Krk 45km
  • Zagreb 180km
  • Pula 96km
  • Ljubljana 136km
  • Trieste-Ronchi 110km
  • Venice 250km

Ship ports

  • Port of Rijeka 15km