Opatija is located on a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the sea and the foothills of Mt Ucka - in the Gulf of Kvarner. Obala Marsala Tita is the main road that runs through town and is also where you'll find travel agencies, restaurants, shops and hotels.

Opatija is located 90 km from Trieste by rail and 82 km from Pula by road. The city is geographically on the Istrian peninsula, though it is not in Istria county, but Primorje-Gorski Kotar county.

The bus from Rijeka stops first at the Hotel Belvedere, then near the market and finally at the bus station at the foot of the town on Trg Vladimira Gortana. If you're looking for private accommodation, it's better to get off at the second stop and walk downhill to the travel agencies rather than walking uphill from the bus station. There is no left-luggage office at the bus station but the Autotrans Agency at the station will usually watch your luggage.

Old dame, or Queen of Tourism - these is a few of the names given to this city, which celebrates its 160th anniversary of tourism tradition in 2004. Its beauty and elegance are passed on to each guest, and many tourists keep returning to Opatija every year for the rest of their lives, claiming that they simply feel wonderful in the city. Every year, the quality of over twenty hotels facilities is raised a notch and soon this will be the city with the highest overall category of hotels on the Croatian Adriatic.

Opatia is a popular summer and winter resort, with average temperatures of 10°C in winter, and 25°C in summer. Opatija is surrounded by beautiful woods of bay laurel. The whole sea-coast to the north and south of Opatija is rocky and picturesque.

It seemed everyone who was anyone was compelled to visit Opatija, including kings from Romania and Sweden, Russian tsars and the celebrities of the day such as Isadora Duncan, Gustav Mahler, Puccini, Mascagni, Chekov, Franz Lehar and Beniamino Gigli, who came to rehabilitate his vocal cords.

Although Opatija has never acquired the glitter of the French Riviera, it has become a favoured vacation spot for sleek, bronzed Italians in the summer, while the mild winters attract a sizeable number of elderly Austrians who come to nibble on cakes in the Hotel Kvarner and take a healthy promenade by the sea. The stunning coastal scenery, clear waters and many parks have kept a steady flow of tourists even during the dark days of war.

Coordinates: N 45° 20’ 20", E 14° 18’ 36"

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