Opatija, often called the pearl of the Adriatic, is one of Croatia's most famous destinations, boasting a tradition of welcoming visitors dating back more than 160 years. Located at the edge of the Mediterranean, on the slopes of Mount Učka gently descending towards the coast of Kvarner Bay, Opatija with its local climate, beautiful architecture, quality hotels and luxurious, well-tended parks and promenades, offers plenty of possibilities for a pleasant stay throughout the year.
The notable person who first discovered the magic of Opatija was Iginio Scarpa, a merchant from Rijeka who built his holiday home here in 1844 and named it the Villa Angiolina after his late wife. This event marked the beginning of tourism in Opatija.
1.day-arrival to Opatija
Lungomare - this 12-km-long coastal promenade joins up the main points along the Opatija Riviera - Volosko, Opatija, Ičići, Ika and Lovran. Undisturbed by traffic, this walk along the sea front presents a wonderful opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life.Do not forget Villa Angiolina with its famous park of precious spicies of flora from China,South America and Australia.
3.day- visiting Istria
Located across the Adriatic sea from Venice, today most of Istria belongs to Croatia. For centuries different empires have claimed it and each has left a lasting imprint. The beauty and size of Istria makes it easy to concoct your own mix of itineraries. From the northern border to the southern tip at Pula we are talking not more than a couple of hours drive allowing you to explore at a relaxed pace. Be it great cuisine, culture or simply winding down in the sunshine there is something for everyone here – what more could you wish for in discovering a new region? We shall be visiting Pula,Poreč,Rovinj.
The town certainly has enough sights to keep a visitor busy for a day or so. The Austro-Hungarian buildings lining the city centre create an appealingly Old Europe atmosphere and there are a number of interesting churches and museums. Most impressive is Trsat Castle perched on a high hill overlooking the city,St.Vid cathedral. Or just stroll along Korzo, the central promenade,to take a nice cappuccino or head down to the waterfront to experience the spirit of this croatioan major transport hub.