Situated just at the centre of the Opatija Riviera, a 20km stretch of quiet seaside resorts on the western side of the Kvarner Gulf, Opatija can be seen as the grande dame of Croatian tourism as it had already attracted celebrities and members of nobility in the belle epoque.
Great mansions, luxurious villas and marvelous parks of this era in the nineteenth century can still be admired in this famous holiday destination. So, it is not surprising that real estate prices still today are on a higher level than in many other regions of the Kvarner Gulf. But the charming town offers not only cultural and architectural highlights but also recreation in a fantastic surrounding and last but not least real estate of high quality. With Panorama Scouting you can find your perfect dream home or solid investment in property and make your choice from a large selection of (luxury) real estate in Opatija, be it a villa, a house or an apartment. All our property offers in Opatija include sea view or are located directly at the seafront.
The town is a long hillside settlement and stretches along the base of Mount Ucka. At the centre lies Slatina beach, a concrete lido, where cafes and souvenir stalls attract Opatia´s visitors and invite them for having a soft drink or looking for special gifts. Marsala Tita, the main street, and the scenic seaside promenade Setaliste Franza Jozefa show great examples of architecture of the fin de siècle.
One of the most famous attractions is the Park Angiolina with its custard-coloured grand and noble Villa Angiolina, which was built by the businessman Iginio Scarpa in 1844 as a holiday house with opulent pseudo-Grecian interior now housing the Museum of Tourism with its interesting exhibitions on the history of travel. On the western side of the park, you can have a look at the oldest hotel of Opatija the Kvarner with its impressive façade of cherubs and Titans that reminds of an opera house.
Until 1844 Opatija was a small fishing village, but in 1882 Friedrich Schüller, head of Austria´s Southern Railway, bought the Villa Angiolina and made Opatija a holiday destination after he had built the line from Ljubljana to Rijeka. From this time on lots of grand hotels followed and the seaside resort got its Europe -wide reputation and members of nobility like Franz Josef of Austria and other celebrities like the famous write and playwright Anton Chekov spent their holidays here and enjoyed the mild climate.
Worth a visit is the impressive Church of our Lady and the Maiden with the Seagull, one of the landmarks of the town. Today Opatija is still a popular summer and winter resort, yet if you are looking for a place off the beaten track of tourism you will also find recreation and tranquility in this noble town and its surroundings.
The American Gardens, a green oasis in the town centre of the town, with its well- designed Mediterranean garden offers relexation of body and mind. From here you have a spectacular view of the Kvarner Bay. The natural park Ucka with the Vojak peak and the picturesque rocky coastline invite you to discover and enjoy nature.
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