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The Opatija Riviera is a place that according to Slavic mythology was chosen by the gods who inhabited the slopes of Mount Učka, and it was also a resort for kings and emperors in the late 19th century. Today, it still offers spectacular scenery and royal treatment to every visitor. The Riviera is named after Opatija, a town that was the cradle of modern European tourism and which has for more than 170 years been considered one of the most elite Mediterranean destinations. it would be wrong to assume that the history of tourism on the Opatija Riviera can be found only in museums. It is within the reach of every visitor to the town, so why not take the opportunity to learn more about this tradition? We invite you to take a walk along the Lungomare coastal promenade just like the Emperor Franz Joseph did in the past. After all, this promenade today bears his name. You can also pay a visit to the local cafés to sample desserts that in the past were only served in Opatija and at the Viennese Court, or admire the sunrise while listening to the murmur of the sea and taking in the fragrant scent of laurel, just like so many couples in love before... Seventeen decades of tourism in this area are a guarantee of quality of service, as the local tourism professionals are particularly proud of their tradition and have carefully handed down knowledge from generation to generation. The hotel business on the Opatija Riviera, which started in 1884 with the construction of the Hotel Kvarner (the first hotel on the Croatian Adriatic), today still continues the "old school" tradition in which the guest always comes first. It is therefore no wonder that many visitors return again and again, and that some of them even find their home away from home here.
Volosko

Volosko

Before Opatija became a holiday resort, Volosko was the seat of the district, an important trade port and the area's administrative centre. Today Volosko has lost that importance, but not its magical appeal as a picturesque fishing village, an inexhaustible source of inspiration to artists, a haven to those searching for peace in the narrow lanes of the old town, or for a cup of coffee on the waterfront, in the unique atmosphere of the harbour. There is something very special about the view of the sea from Volosko's waterfront: the whole Adriatic seems to open up towards the south from here… When walking through the lanes in the historic part of the town, you will come across the monument commemorating Volosko as the birthplace of Andrija Mohorovičić, the world-famous scientist who first identified the discontinuity that separates the Earth's crust from the mantle. This layer is called the Mohorovičić Discontinuity, or Moho for short. He was born in the house at the very beginning of the Lungomare coastal promenade. Today Volosko is also synonymous with fine gastronomy – from typical taverns offering fish and other traditional dishes of the local area, to superb gourmet restaurants that are listed in the most prestigious international restaurant guides – Volosko offers all of that, and much more. It is only a pleasant three-kilometre stroll along the coastal promenade from where you are now standing. Do not miss the chance to pay this enchanting place a visit!

Veprinac

Veprinac

Just like Volosko, Veprinac was also an important centre long before Opatija became a notable tourist resort. Probably built on the foundations of a pre-historic settlement, the origin of the name Veprinac is usually thought to be connected to the Croatian word for butcher's broom, a plant which grows abundantly in the area. The historic heritage of the town includes the Veprinac Law from 1507, a very important document that regulated the customs and legal issues of the time. The old part of the town can be reached by passing the town gate with three arches, which is located in the former municipal building. On the right, in front of the town gate, is the loggia, and on the left is St. Anne's Chapel with an inscription from 1442. During recent restoration work, the remnants of some interesting frescoes were found on the walls inside the chapel, but these still need to be researched in more detail. The building right by the town gate hosts an ethnological collection presenting items, tools and documents that illustrate how people in this area used to live in the past. The ascent up stone steps to the entrance to the church yard of St. Mark's parish church; the wonderful views of Kvarner Bay and Opatija on the sea side, and Mount Učka in the hinterland; the church yard where time seems to be standing still – this is Veprinac, the ancient town above Opatija Riviera where at every turn one can feel the nostalgic spirit of the times gone by. Just like the local poet Josip Stanić wrote in his verses – Veprinac seems to almost touch the heaven

Every season of the year has something special to offer on the Opatija Riviera. The area's numerous festivals and events dedicated to music, film, theatre, food, culture or fireworks – to mention just a few – are always tailored to the time of year when they take place.
Volosko

Volosko

Before Opatija became a holiday resort, Volosko was the seat of the district, an important trade port and the area's administrative centre. Today Volosko has lost that importance, but not its magical appeal as a picturesque fishing village, an inexhaustible source of inspiration to artists, a haven to those searching for peace in the narrow lanes of the old town, or for a cup of coffee on the waterfront, in the unique atmosphere of the harbour. There is something very special about the view of the sea from Volosko's waterfront: the whole Adriatic seems to open up towards the south from here… When walking through the lanes in the historic part of the town, you will come across the monument commemorating Volosko as the birthplace of Andrija Mohorovičić, the world-famous scientist who first identified the discontinuity that separates the Earth's crust from the mantle. This layer is called the Mohorovičić Discontinuity, or Moho for short. He was born in the house at the very beginning of the Lungomare coastal promenade. Today Volosko is also synonymous with fine gastronomy – from typical taverns offering fish and other traditional dishes of the local area, to superb gourmet restaurants that are listed in the most prestigious international restaurant guides – Volosko offers all of that, and much more. It is only a pleasant three-kilometre stroll along the coastal promenade from where you are now standing. Do not miss the chance to pay this enchanting place a visit!

Veprinac

Veprinac

Just like Volosko, Veprinac was also an important centre long before Opatija became a notable tourist resort. Probably built on the foundations of a pre-historic settlement, the origin of the name Veprinac is usually thought to be connected to the Croatian word for butcher's broom, a plant which grows abundantly in the area. The historic heritage of the town includes the Veprinac Law from 1507, a very important document that regulated the customs and legal issues of the time. The old part of the town can be reached by passing the town gate with three arches, which is located in the former municipal building. On the right, in front of the town gate, is the loggia, and on the left is St. Anne's Chapel with an inscription from 1442. During recent restoration work, the remnants of some interesting frescoes were found on the walls inside the chapel, but these still need to be researched in more detail. The building right by the town gate hosts an ethnological collection presenting items, tools and documents that illustrate how people in this area used to live in the past. The ascent up stone steps to the entrance to the church yard of St. Mark's parish church; the wonderful views of Kvarner Bay and Opatija on the sea side, and Mount Učka in the hinterland; the church yard where time seems to be standing still – this is Veprinac, the ancient town above Opatija Riviera where at every turn one can feel the nostalgic spirit of the times gone by. Just like the local poet Josip Stanić wrote in his verses – Veprinac seems to almost touch the heaven

Between two long sips of a cappuccino in your favorite café in Opatija, think carefully how you want to spend your precious free moments, because there are so many possibilities...
Nouvelle cuisine showpieces or a rustic tavern where time has stood still? Whichever you choose, Opatija Riviera offers the best of both worlds! Opatija Riviera’s ideal position at the juncture between the sea and mainland is reflected in its gastronomy. Creative menus mix continental and Mediterranean cuisine which cannot be imagined without perfectly fresh local organic produce. It is no wonder that Opatija Riviera boasts some of the best restaurants on the Croatian Adriatic. Let us mention just a few of the famous local delicacies: Kvarner scampi, fresh from the gulf of Kvarner, wild asparagus, chestnuts and cherries from Lovran, and Istrian truffles. You can keep adding to the list, right down to dessert....
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