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Opatija is one of the most luxurious resorts in Croatia, close to Pula. Opatija is situated in a picturesque location surrounded by beautiful mountains. Opatija is different from the rest of the coast. Its climate is always warmer than other resorts. The beaches in Opatija are rocky. The resort is known throughout the world as well as a center of healing. In Opatija there are excellent spas and lasso therapy centers. Major sporting events, music and film festival take place here. The nightlife in the resort is also very diverse - plenty of restaurants, bars, night cubes and discos wait for their guests all night here. Sightseeing in Opatija: Wharf Franz Josef Land, Villa Angiolina, Church of St. James.
Franz Josef Quay.
Franz Joseph Quay is one of the most popular attractions in Opatija, equally beloved by the residents of the city and by its visitors. Once while walking here, the representatives of royal families, today embankment, stretched for fifteen miles. This is a great place for walking in love and enjoy the fresh sea breeze in the evening and even in the fragrance of the woven flowers into the overall bouquet of flavors.
Villa Angiolina was built in 1844, by Rijeka aristocrat J. Scarpa. This magnificent building is ascended in the shadow of the olive and oak trees, winning love lovers with romance. Those who come to Opatija to enjoy the beauty of the resort, always want to stay in Angiolina. The villa boasts an impressive list of guests, including representatives of the Austrian royal family and senior management in Croatia.
The Church of St. James.
St. James Church, built in the early 16th century, was part of the monastic complex of St. James, built by the Benedictines in 1453. Over the time, from the abbey, which gave the city its name ("Opatija" means "Abbey"), there was only a small church. Who wants to breathe the sea air, filled with aroma of laurel, come here to find spiritual harmony and enjoy the peace that prevails in this old church.
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If you want to visit Croatia, the first place to visit runs probably to the Dalmatian coast.
As the locals say all begins at Zadar , the rest is Istria.
Dalmatia is composed of known cities such as Zadar, Trogir, but by far the most spectacular is Dubrovnik.
After you have seen it once, you want to see it again.
It lures you with its natural beauty and induces relaxation and its old historical centers transpose you to the West Emperor Diocletian world.
Today Dalmatia is the most visited part of Croatia, where most tourists prefer to spend their vacation.
Trogir is an old town, included in UNESCO.
It is studded with numerous cafes which tempt you to take a little break and enjoy the landscape.
The port which once ships were docked and where the traders once brought their goods and spices from the Orient and India, is now anchored with yachts and luxury cruise ships.
In the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries this area was the rival of Venice and quickly became a place to develop both arts, architecture and commerce by sea.
Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive destinations in Croatia.
It has wonderful architectural beauty but also many opportunities for relaxation and fun which attract tourists from many parts of the world.
The Old Town has a special beauty: medieval buildings, narrow streets built in slope amaze tourists’ keen eyes.
You can enjoy a delicious ice cream in the shade of a palm to forget the heat and also it is a good opportunity to admire the beautiful architecture of the buildings.
The Great Onofrio Well, the city walls of Dubrovnik, Minceta are places not to be missed.
Croatia has long been regarded as one of the most beautiful regions of Europe, its rocky coastline and deserted islands attracting millions of tourists each year.
Most people visit Croatia in July and August.
Even if in April and in May you cannot enjoy the clear waters of the sea, you may walk in a natural park where you can see spectacular scenery: pine forests that soak in the turquoise waters of Lake Kozjak.
Another choice is equally alluring Opatija, the city of roses and magnolias.
Called the "Nice" of the Adriatic, Opatija was the nineteenth-century kings European favorite resort because of the good climate, beautiful gardens and luxurious accommodation.
Cuisine Croatia offers a variety of foods and specialties, including the most popular snacks: the grilled meat, the smoked ham (prsut) of Dalmatia, the Pag cheese or sheep's cheese.
The main dishes vary according to the region visited.
In Dalmatia, the Istria peninsula and the islands, food is based on fishery products, and meat as "pasticada" or boiled.
Let's not forget the olives, the meat or fish with potatoes, cooked in a rustic way, in the oven.
As the most famous dessert specialties are rodents, Mandula, dried figs of Dalmatia, many other specialties are cooked on the basis of almonds, honey and citrus.
Thus, I can say that the entire Croatian coast can be likened to a string of pearls, each island has a different shape and size, but their brilliance attracts you like a magnet which you cannot resist.
If you want an unforgettable vacation, Croatia is the choice you will not regret.