· Pula · 95km · 1 hr 30 mins
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So what's it like?
Opatija is a typically attractive coastal Croatian town. The white, stone buildings with their terra-cotta roofs, nestled together on the gentle incline of a hill looking out across the Adriatic. The 12kms of promenade along the coast has shingle beaches and platforms to make it easy getting into the sea, plus a huge number of great restaurants and bars. If you can drag yourself away from lying in the sun then there’s loads to do. Pop across the water to the islands of Krk or Cres and find a hidden cove in amongst the forest to do yet more lounging. Visit one of the other numerous coastal villages, go to the Plitvice Lakes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, or the hill top towns like Motovun and Oprtalj. Good Croatian food and a friendly welcome will be found wherever you go.
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There is a good bus service which will take you from Opatija to the cities of Rijeka and Pula, and also to coastal towns like Rovinj and Porec which are definitely worth a visit. From Opatija harbour there are boats and ferries to the islands, although Krk has a bridge too if you want to visit by car. There’s car hire based in Opatija if you want to explore on your own, which is a great way of seeing lots of Istria.
We don’t have a Holiday Advisor based in Croatia but we use a local Holiday Advisor service to look after you, they’ll be able to arrange excursions for you and are on hand if you need anything from them. We provide you with plenty of tips and local knowledge in your online information pack that you can view, print off and bring with you, plus contact numbers while you’re in resort.
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