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Opatija, Croatia

Places of Interest


A hundred year old coastal promenade Lungomare is a synonym for Opatija, whose aristocratic magnificence has perfectly blended with the scenery of Lungomare. All of the most important sights of Opatija and the Opatija Riviera are situated along Lungomare: St. James church, the beautiful secession villas and hotels, monuments, terraces, etc.

Park Angiolina & St. James Park

Since 1885 over 150 species of plants from all over the world have successfully put down roots here. It is said that the camellia, today symbol of Opatija, was first smuggled from the Philippines to Europe by a Jesuit monk named Camelus. St. James Park is known by the fountain Helios and Selene.

Lady with a Seagull

In 1956 this new landmark of the town replaced the Madonna del Mare that had been torn down by the sea. The seagulls are very fond of their girl and enjoy perching on her. Madonna del Mare was erected to watch over the souls of Count Kesselstatt and Countess Fries who drowned in 1891 close to this promontory.

St. James church

St. James Church was built around 1420 as a Benedictine colony. This abbey later gave its name to the whole city (Opatija = abbey). Little is left of its original form because it was rebuilt in 1506, renovated in the 18th century, and expanded in the 1930s. A replica of the Pieta relief by the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic is kept here.

Croatian Museum of Tourism

The Croatian Museum of Tourism is a national museum of tourism specially dedicated to tourism history and heritage. The museum researches, collects, stores, communicates and presents material and non‑material tourism heritage from all over Croatia.