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Riviera of Opatija




Opatija got its name from the Benedictine abbey of St. Jacob, first mentioned in 1453 when there was a smoll church that in 1941 got its present form of the church of St. Jacob in town centre. Opatija began to develop and became more built in late 19th and early 20th century, keeping its harmony with nature until today. Well-groomed parks, illuminated promenade by the coast, tidy bea-ches and fountains provide the framework to villas and hotels for tourist accommodation. Iginio Scarpa, a nobleman and merchant from Rijeka built in 1845 this villa with flowergarden and park, inside verdancy, by the sea and with the church of St. Jacob nearby. He named it in honour of his wife Angiolina. The first 'real' tourists started to visit St. Jacob's Opatija. This marks the beginning of Opatija's tourist development. The tourists could see the richly ornamented hall with the painted ceiling.




Matulji - This municipality represents the “gates of Kvarner” and is home to the railway station built in the year 1873, the construction of which enabled the tourism development of the Opatija Riviera. Two border crossings, Rupa and Pasjak and the E65 highway towards Trieste and Ljubljana connect Kvarner with Slovenia, Italy, Austria and make the entire region an easily accessible tourism destination.

Today, Matulji has over ten thousand residents in 23 settlements, and the increasing development of trades and crafts, despite the fact that the majority of the inhabitants are involved in tourism by renting out rooms and apartments in their homes. This is where Kvarner and the mountainous inland meet, thus ensuring a good night’s sleep for guests in the cool summer nights.

Guests are invited to go bicycle riding, walking and hiking in Lisina Forest Park, Učka Mountain, Veprinac or nearby Kastav. The sea is less than 2 km away.




Kastav was built on 365 meters high hill above Opatija and near Rijeka, as a 9-tower fortress. First news about its existence come from early Middle Ages, when in 1139 it was mentioned it belongs to the bishops. Kastav's core is the main town square called Lokvina, named after lokva (eng. 'puddle) that collected rain-water for town's needs. Kastav's main features today are the  international manifestation „Kastafsko kulturno leto“ (Kastav's cultural summer) and „Festival gitare“ (The guitar festival).




Ičići are known throughout the world for its big beach split in two, the first part in concrete, while the second has pebbles and is thus more appropriate for children. The beach features 'a blue flag' that assures the sea cleanliness, but the beach also has many other features jet scooter rides, sand volleyball, children's playground fun, parasail, water skiing. The boost to development of Ičići was given by building of ACI nautical marina, which throughout the year has available 300 quality berths and a complete service for its clients.




Lovran is second-largest small town of the Opatija Riviera and got its name from laurel (lat Laurus nobilis), which can be found in abundance in the town and its surroundings. As a reminder to Lovran's health tourism tradition, the town features the well known orthopaedic clinic. This remarkable mixture of the past and the present, sea and mountains, made possible the development of Lovran's hinterland that nurtures rural tourism, its foundation being the tasty native products such as asparagus, chestnut and cherry.




Volosko - This fisherman resort full of old driven in houses was first mentioned in 1543, but it is much older. Only a kilometre away from Opatija's centre, one can feel the unique expehence of the coastal atmosphere. Volovska was once the seaport of the nearby Kastav, while today Volovsko's inhabitants use the sea much more often for sport. The sea there is suitable for surfing and sailing. The summer is celebrated there with the 'Mandrać', the competition in painting, while the chimneys of the houses provide the everlasting motive for the numerous artists.


Mošćenička Draga


Mošćenička Draga has one of the most beautiful pebble beaches on the Adriatic Sea. Even residents from the other maritime towns frequently travel the few kilometers to Mošćenička Draga to spend the day on this exceptional natural beach.

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