The last place I visited on my vacation. Gotten its name after the Abbey of St. Jacob, a Pearl of Adriatic, as it is called sometimes, is about 12 kilometers away from Rijeka. Placed on the foot of Ucka mountain (Uchka, 1401m – 4596ft), it is a leading place of Croatian tourism for last 160 years.
To know something about history of Opatija, one must divide it into two periods: pre-tourist and tourist times. As I said, town got its name after the Abbey of Saint Jacob, made in 1506. and extended in 1937.
Back then, it was the most important place on entire road from Rijeka to Pula, along the coast of Istria. The impressive Villa Angiolina, made in 1844. by rich merchant from Rijeka Iginio Scarpa started the tourist era in the town. Soon, old fishermen`s, sailor`s and weaver`s sheds, were replaced by beautiful villas and hotels; it became a favourite destination for the Austrian imperial family and nobility. Another road was built in 1906. and since then, Opatija has conserved its main "shape".
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There is a 12km – 7.45 miles long walkway by the coast, Lungomare, from Volosko to Lovran, made in 1886. along with some of the oldest and most beautiful hotels: Hotel Kvarner, made in 1884. and Hotel Imperial, from 1885.
This is really a nice place. Even though it was close to Rijeka, I was not going there often, maybe 5 or 6 times – most of my friends were not interested in crowded but expensive tourist places. We wanted to be somewhere with more fun. And girls, of course :whistle: This place was too…. old for us 😆
This time I decided to go and spend some time walking, making photographs and sipping a coffee on a mostly sunny day. It was a bit windy but warm enough to take of heavy winter jacket, put sun glasses on and catch some tan 😎 Like I was never in a snow and winter weather only two days ago.
It certainly felt nice 😀
a view toward island Cres from Lungomare walkway
more photos here
Two days later I was back in Belgrade…