Opatija is a small town located in western Croatia, about a 3 hour drive from Venice Italy.
The town sits right by the Adriatic Sea, which provides cool breezes and great year round weather. The area draws people for the spa hotels and tranquil surroundings.
We spent two days in Opatija staying at the Grand Hotel Adriatic, which is perched up on a hill providing stunning sea views.
Our room looked over the Adriatic Sea giving us the perfect view to watch the different color hues as the sun made it’s way over the mountain each morning.
Getting adjusted to the time change caused us to get up early. We had the streets to ourselves and enjoyed viewing the different picturesque buildings that lined the streets on our early morning walk.
Lungomare the Seaside Promenade
The town sprawls along the coast and features a waterfront that is connected by a path called Lungomare the Seaside Promenade. This path goes from Voloski all the way to Lovran about 12 kilometers. We did not get to walk the whole trail, but the part we saw was stunning with plenty of cafes to have a glass of wine or enjoy a leisurely meal, buy a gelato, sit on a bench and take in the beautiful surroundings, or just take an evening stroll. In the morning we had the path to ourself, occasionally passing a jogger. But in the evening, it was busy with people meandering the promenade.
Some of the sections of Lungomare were more serene than others.
Maiden with the Seagull
Along the path we encounterd the Maiden with the Seagull, a statue which represents Opatija on posters, pamphlets and postcards. It’s a perfect spot to get pictures of Opatija’s coastline and the town.
Another sculpture along the trail, was a man with his hand out. People were placing coins in his hand, but when we walked by on our return the money was gone.
If you are looking for a tour during your stay, there were plenty of stands along the waterfront to purchase excursions.
There are no beaches, but there are numerous places to lay out on the rocks and jump in the scenic turquoise water.
We had dinner one night at Ruzmann Restaurant which has been in business since 1986. Reservations are recommended but they had available seating inside.
We enjoyed pizza and delicious local wine. The pizza was huge and easily served two people.