One of the most beautiful Riviera in Europe - the Opatija Riviera
When you’re in northern Croatia, you have to remember about decent shoes when going to the beach. They are often covered with stones, but the lack of loose sand is fully compensated by the beauty of jagged coast.
The Croatian coastline is extremely varied, and the water warm and crystal clear. Staying in one of the tourist pearls of this beautiful country is an amazing experience. It’s worth, though, to take an unhurried journey along the shoreline. Every corner hides something intriguing, and people are warm-hearted and friendly.
On the way we pass numerous tiny towns and villages. Our eyes are enchanted by the azure waters confluent in perfect unity with the blue sky, while at night dozens of flashing lights on the water tempt stray wanderers like fireflies in the wetlands.
The Opatija Riviera
The most popular resorts are the ones located in southern Croatia, including Dubrovnik and Split, but the coast of the northern part of the country has also a lot to offer. Here stretches one of the most beautiful Europe’s Riviera – the Opatija Riviera, where high mountains descend straight to the sea. One of the most popular resorts is Opatija, in the past spa center, today boasts the title of the most popular congress place in Croatia. It’s also the main city of the region.
Aprox. 1 km from the resort is Volosko, a necessary point for every connoisseur of fish dishes. Apart from tasty dishes served by the local restaurants, it’s also famous for the unique architecture, including the old-fashioned chimneys. It’s quiet even in the summer, so it will appeal to people looking for relax.
It’s also worth to visit Rijeka, the city which is the third-largest center of the country, as well as Croatia's largest port.
Heading to Pula towards the Opatija resort, we can visit a tiny fishing village called Mošćenička Draga. It’s connected with Opatija by a seaside promenade, and the village itself is located on the bay at the edge of Učka. Thanks to its scenic beauty, mild climate and charming pebble beach it’s often called the Croatian Portofino.
The town’s center is a square located near the tiny harbor. The narrow streets are full of the medieval buildings, cut by steep stairs. Here we can find a typical, pleasing Mediterranean architecture. The attractions of the village include toš, which is an ancient olive press, churches of St. Bartholomew and St. Andrew, as well as watchtower, which in the past was a place of gatherings, a market and a town hall in one.
Mošćenička Draga is situated about 2.5 km from Mošćenice, being one of the oldest settlements in the region. It’s a place worth exploring - it's an interesting medieval fortified town, situated on top of a small hill.
Where to find accommodation?
A drive-along the Croatian coast amazes with views, but can as well be tiring. Motorized tourists have a great choice of accommodation - virtually every village has at least one campsite, and several guesthouses. Caravanning enthusiasts can stay at Autocamp Draga** located only 100 meters from the center of Mošćenička Draga. It can accommodate up to 450 people (it has 150 pitches) and is pet friendly. You can pitch a tent, park your motorhome or caravan here. For the motorhome, depending on the season, you will pay from 6.22 to 8.73 EUR per day, and per stay - from 5.15 to 7.41 EUR. The campsite has a playground for children, mini club and heated swimming pool. It’s located approximately 150 meters from pebbled beach.
Tourists, who decide to explore the local area, may go to Brestov port, located about 20 minutes drive by car, take a ferry and visit the island of Cres. It’s just one of the many opportunities to spend time on the beautiful coast of the Opatija Riviera.