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Old March 10th, 2006, 12:02 PM   #1
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Opatija

Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. The very attractive geographic position, enabling its warm seas to be quickly reached from many cities in Central Europe (only about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Münich), lush green scenery and a pleasant climate (45° 20’ north latitude) were some of the main reasons for its beginning and the quick development of its tourism at the end of the 19th century. Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with Nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 12-km-long coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare", well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels that cater comfortably for up to 6,000 guests. Due to a relatively constant temperature (winter average 7.0 °C, summer average 21.9 °C), high air pressure and constant circulation of air, the climate in Opatija is relaxing and refreshing. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions all combine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year. The tourist offering of Opatija includes its congress centre (with space for 500 to 800 delegates), 11 indoor swimming pools, wellness programmes, a casino, discotheques, a summer theatre with seating for 2,000, carnivals, festivals, and opportunities for shorter trips to nearby surroundings or all-day excursions to the Plitvice Lakes or Risnjak National Park, or even to Venice in Italy.

The characteristics of the climate have all the traits of a gentle Mediterranean climate with a warm sea, lots of sun and lush vegetation which paints a picture of Opatija as a kind of green oasis. Summer temperatures are relatively low beceause of the cool breezes to come from the Ucka mountains while in winter, the temperature is relatively high. Opatija is also a place for business meetings throughout the entire year as well as a center for convention tourism, scientific gatherings and congresses. In addition, for those ailing from cardio-vascular illnesses, there is therapy and rehabilitation available in Thalassotherapija. The Pearl of Kvarner-Opatija is an ideal starting point for an inspired walk through the past of this region, as well as for taking pleasure in the intimacy of the still untouched present.






































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Old March 11th, 2006, 03:10 AM   #2
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I love Opatija, one of my favourite locations on the Croatian coast.
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Old March 12th, 2006, 07:50 AM   #3
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Opatija is starting to look way too plastic even for my taste



















...but the nature and landscape are still beautiful



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Old March 13th, 2006, 03:10 AM   #4
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The always elegant Opatija.
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Old March 13th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #5
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omg i love opatija, the sexiest city in croatia
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Old March 13th, 2006, 03:28 PM   #6
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We go in Opatija almost every year for few days. Just to relax a bit . Hotels Ambassador and Adriatic are our favourites (few years ago also Admiral).
Restaurant Bevanda has the best shrimps in Adriatic.

Our corporations have noticed the potential in Opatija and started investing in it in last years. Hotel Adriatic for example is owned by LifeClass Hotels which is a company of Slovenian corporation Istrabenz.
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^ lol, i remember when they bought it last year, it was all over our media. Local government authorities were accusing each others for letting this happen

Anyway, here it is. It's an okay hotel :


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omg i love opatija, the sexiest city in croatia


what about us that have some kind of fetishes? I vote for Ploce

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lol why ploče?
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Old March 13th, 2006, 07:07 PM   #10
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^ lol, i remember when they bought it last year, it was all over our media. Local government authorities were accusing each others for letting this happen

Really? Hehe... Who would have thought...

Opatija is really great... Tell me... You have municipalities, right (občine)? Is Opatija in the same municipality as Rijeka? It seems that authorities are really investing a lot of money into renewal and beautification of Opatija.
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Really? Hehe... Who would have thought...

Opatija is really great... Tell me... You have municipalities, right (občine)? Is Opatija in the same municipality as Rijeka? It seems that authorities are really investing a lot of money into renewal and beautification of Opatija.
Yup, there are municipalities/občine/općine, but in somewhat different administrative specifications: more like - towns/cities/villages.
Larger administrative areas (as a unit of local/regional government) in Croatia are called "županija" (county). There are 20 counties in Croatia + the city of Zagreb.
Anyhow, Opatija actually has the status of a city (which is weird in my opinion), but is in the same county as Rijeka - "Primorsko - goranska county".
I hope that's what you meant

here's a map of the Primorsko-goranska county :

red - towns/cities
green - municipalities





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opatija = beverly hills of rijeka!
opatijske plaze su mi nazalost ostale vrlo vrlo katastrofalno u sjecanju. jednom mi se tako skliznulo na onom jebenom kamenu da sam si skoro razbijo glavu. par sekundi me nije imalo. sidjes u vodu plivas malo a nigdje da izidjes iz mora...

zato me vezu ljepa iskustva za grmljevinu pokraj mora
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Old December 13th, 2011, 03:09 PM   #13
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Really nice, the former italian city of Abbazia...
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