About Croatia and Opatija

About Croatia

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, bordering Slovenia in the west, Hungary in the north, Serbia in the east, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the south; the country has also a long maritime border with Italy in the Adriatic Sea. Croatia joined the EU on 1st of July in 2013. Its capital is Zagreb. Croatian currency is kuna. Croatia covers a land area of 56.691 square kilometres and has a population of about 4.29 million people. Croatian is the official language, which is written in the Latin script.

Croatia has an amazing 5.835 km of coastline, 4.057 km of which belongs to islands, cliffs and reefs. There are 1.185 islands in the Adriatic, while only about 50 are populated. The largest island is the island of Krk (near Opatija) which has a land area of 462 square km. The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic coast, meaning warm dry summers and mild winters, with 2.600 hours of sunlight on average yearly – it is one of the sunniest coastlines in Europe. The interior of the country has a continental climate with hot summers and cold, snowy winters.

About Opatija

Opatija is a coastal town on the Adriatic sea, in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County in western Croatia. The traditional seaside resort is known for its Mediterranean climate and its historic buildings reminiscent of the Austrian Riviera.

It is well-known 19th-century health resort, today a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. A mild and pleasant climate makes Opatija a perfect destination all year long. The town is surrounded by stunning nature. It is located at the foot of Mount Učka Nature park, a popular destination for hikers and excursionists and a boundary between the green Istrian peninsula and the littoral region which features a perfect harmony of varied landscapes. The town of Opatija offers a beautiful view of the sea and the nearby islands of Krk and Cres, which can easily be visited by car or ferry. Opatija is surrounded by charming small towns characterised by narrow streets and a rich history. 

Opatija boasts numerous places of interest. This is a renowned wellness destination that continues to attract guests in search of relaxed atmosphere. A wide range of beaches, clear sea and a variety of services and facilities are the key factors why tourists keep coming back to Opatija.


Situated on the shores of the Kvarner bay, at the spot where the Adriatic Sea cuts deepest into the heart of central Europe and combines the continental and Mediterranean climates together. Opatija has mild winters and the summers are warm.


The old 14th-century Benedictine abbey, Opatija Sv. Jakova, from which the town derives its name is located in Saint James's Park. Saint Jacob's church, built in 1506 and enlarged in 1937.  Villa Angiolina, built in 1844 by Iginio Scarpa is now transformed into a museum. Since 1844. Villa Angiolina had many prominent guests.

Maiden with the seagull, a statue by Zvonko Car (1956) is positioned on a promontory by the Juraj Šporer art pavilion. It has turned into one of symbols of Opatija. A gilded variant of the statue Madonna, that once stood here but was demolished by communists after the end of World War II, now stands in front of Saint Jacob's Church.

The town park Angiolina contains many species of plants from all over the world. It has been protected since 1968. Nearby, stands the statue The Fountain - Helios and Selena, a work of the Austrian sculptor Hans Rathautsky from 1889. There is a 12 km-long promenade along the entire riviera, the Lungomare from Volosko, via Opatija, to Lovran and a 7 km-long forest path walk, the promenade Carmen Sylve, named after Elisabeth of Wied, Queen consort of Romania, widely known by her literary name of Carmen Sylva.

The town’s streets are filled with houses distinguished by a specific architecture and with villas from the Habsburg period.

Weather in Opatija during November

Autumn in Opatija occurs during the months of October and November. The averages for highest temperatures are between 11°C - 17°C, and lowest temperature is arround 9°C. Average precipitation 114mm, and average relative humidity is 65%. 

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