Top things to do

Museum in Opatija

Croatian Museum of Tourism

Spread between three historic buildings, this excellent museum houses a permanent collection of old photographs, postcards, brochures and posters tracing the history of tourism, and there’s always a well-presented t…
Waterfront in Opatija


Lined with majestic villas and ample gardens, this wonderful path (more formally known as the Franz Joseph I Promenade) is a people-watcher’s dream and stroller’s delight. It winds along the coast, past villa after …
Village in Opatija


The former village of Volosko on the northern edge of Opatija is one of the prettiest places on this coastline and still maintains a local ambience. It’s very scenic indeed – men repair fishing nets in the tiny harb…
Pizza in Opatija

Pizzeria Roko

Not just great wheels of heavily laden pizza, but risottos, salads, seafood and cakes are on offer at this rare treat of an affordable Opatija eatery. The food is imaginatively served, portions are large and the ser…
Modern European in Opatija


A marble pathway leads to this amazing-looking restaurant, which enjoys a huge ocean-facing terrace complete with Grecian columns and hip monochrome seating. The contemporary menu features terrific fresh fish and me…
Istrian in Opatija


This atmospheric little family-run eatery specialises in Istrian cuisine such as maneštra (vegetable and bean soup) and, of course, you’ll find plenty of truffles infusing the menu. There’s a shady side terrace and …
Istrian in Opatija


This unassuming family-run restaurant specialises in big flavours and generous portions: feast on roast veal shanks, roast octopus, game stew, turkey, homemade pasta and risotto. The wine list is well chosen.
Cocktail Bar in Opatija


A very sleek bar ideal for a cocktail session with cool seating and distant views of the Rijeka skyline. It’s the original venue of what’s now a nationwide chain; there’s an adjoining restaurant too.
Cultural in Opatija

Festival Opatija

In the warmer months Opatija's open-air theatre by the waterfront plays host to live music (including classical, jazz and international pop acts), theatre, ballet and cinema.