Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Its attractive geographical position, which enables its warm seas to be quickly reached from many cities in Central Europe (it is only about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Munich), its lush green scenery and pleasant climate (45° 20’ north latitude) were some of the reasons for the start and the quick development of tourism in Opatija at the end of the 19th century.
Situated below Mount Učka and its nature park, Opatija (old names: Sankt Jakobi and Abbazia) is a great choice for a vacation in both the summer and winter seasons. Its beautiful nature, climate, parks, hotels, old Austrian villas, seaside promenade and beaches have attracted tourists from Europe and all over the world for more then 160 years. Opatija is the leading tourist destination in the Republic of Croatia for the organisation of conventions. Besides festivals, concerts, exhibitions, and other cultural and sporting events, Opatija offers attractions worth visiting throughout the year.
Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with its surroundings. Its well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the Lungomare, and its well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels that cater comfortably for up to 6,000 guests.
Due to its relatively constant temperature (winter average 7.0 °C, summer average 21.9 °C), high air pressure and constant circulation of air, the climate in Opatija is relaxing and refreshing. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue sea, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions all combine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.