Located only 13 km from Rijeka, Opatija (www.opatija.hr) has been a popular resort for 150 years due to its unique climate and location. It was named after the Benedictian monastery that used to stand here in the 15th century (opatija means "monastery" in Croatian).

Opatija – or as the Italian called it, Abbazia - became fashionable among the élite of the Astro-Hungarian Empire in the middle of the 19th century. Shortly after the road connecting Rijeka (Fiume) with Vienna was completed by 1857, elegant villas, prestigious hotels, parks and sanatoriums were built, and as early as 1908 even trams ran between Opatija and Fiume. Once in Opatija do not miss strolling along Lungomare (Obalni put), the 12 km long coastal promenade on which such famous personalities were walking like James Joyce, Gustav Mahler, Isadora Duncan and Chekhov.

Getting here & around

By car

Zagreb (A1) - Bosiljevo junction (A6) - Rijeka.

From Rijeka take road 8 and 66 to Opatija. If you decide to drive on the motorway (A7 and A8) take exit Matulji to reach road 66.
Motorway tolls: Zagreb – Rijeka        70 Kn
Opatija is extremely busy in the summer months, it is a real challenge to find a parking place. Parking places offered by hotels for their guests are marked blue.

Parking: 5-10 Kn / hour

By bus

From Rijeka take bus No32 to Opatija. The buses leave from Rijeka railway station and run every 20 minutes. Get off in Maršala Tita ulica, from here you get everywhere easily. The ticket costs 26 Kn.

Tourist information


Vladimira Nazora 3.
Tel: +385 51 271 310

e-mail: info@opatija-tourism.hr

internet: www.opatija-tourism.hr


The other tourist office is at the corner of Maršala Tita and Pava Tomašića streets in a yellow building.

Maršala Tita 101.
e-mail: opatijainfo@ri.t-com.hr

Angiolina Park

The park bears the name of the wife of a local aristoctat, Ignatio Scarpa. Stroll on the paths and enjoy the welcome shade of the  exotic plants and trees from China, Japan and South-America. The elegant Villa Angiolina in the middle of the park was built in 1844. In the summer it hosts contemporary exhibitions and classical concerts, as well.

The Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion (Umjetnički Paviljon „Juraj Šporer”) built in 1900, used to be a confectionary. Juraj Šporer was the first to recommend to establish an assosiation with the aim to declare Opatija a natural health and spa resort. The pavilion was restored in 2003, today exhibitions and cultural events are hold here.

The church of St. Jakob is located in a smaller park, close to the coast. It was built as the church of the Benedictine monastery around 1420. It was altered several times so the original shape has changed completely. On the altar the replica of Ivan Meštrovič's Pieta can be seen.


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