My husband and I occasionally visit Opatija when we want to have a small getaway from the crowdy Zagreb to breath some fresh sea air. This year’s Easter holidays we did the same.
Opatija is a beautiful small tourist town located in Kvarner (the North of the Adriatic coast), near to Rijeka which is the third largest city in Croatia and about two hours by car from Zagreb. This Croatian Adriatic Sea’s pearl (how many like to call it) is more special than other Croatian cities because of its greenery and Austro-Hungarian architecture buildings which can be seen all the way to the nearby town Lovran.
Opatija became a tourist place in the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century when the elite buildings were planned by the top Viennese architects. At the same time, it was the favourite resort place for that time’s Viennese aristocracy. Luxurious villas surrounded by gardens, hotels, promenades and beaches put Opatija on the top place when it comes to Croatian tourism. Every time I visit this lovely town, even for just a little, I always have a cup of coffee with a cake on the terrace of the great hotel Millenium. I especially enjoy a cake by the name of Opatijska Dama, my recommendations are to try it if you ever go there.