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Opatija – Queen of the Adriatic

Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. The very attractive geographic position, enabling its warm seas to be quickly reached from many cities in Central Europe (only about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Munich), lush green scenery and a pleasant climate (45° 20’ north latitude) were some of the main reasons for its beginning and the quick development of its tourism at the end of the 19th century.

Built mainly at the turn of the 20th century, Opatija has remained in complete harmony with Nature right up until the present day. Well-maintained public gardens, the illuminated 10-km-long coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare", well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the villas and hotels that cater comfortably for up to 8,000 guests.

Due to a relatively constant temperature (winter average 7.0 °C, summer average 21.9 °C), high air pressure and constant circulation of air, the climate in Opatija is relaxing and refreshing. The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue sea, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions all combine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.

The tourist offering of Opatija includes its congress facilities (over 50 meeting rooms with capacity up to 900 delegates), 11 indoor swimming pools, wellness programmes, a casino, discotheques, an open-air theatre with seating for 2,000, carnivals, festivals, and opportunities for shorter trips to nearby surroundings or all-day excursions to the Plitvice Lakes or Risnjak National Park, or even to Venice in Italy.

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Welcome to Croatia!

The Republic of Croatia stretches from the extreme eastern borders of the Alps in the North West to the Pannonian plains and shores of the Danube on the east, the mountain massif Dinara occupying the central area, while the southern part ends on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. In the hinterland a continental climate prevails and along the coast and islands, Mediterranean.

The Republic of Croatia is a parliamentary democracy whose constitution was adopted on 22nd December 1990 and the country was internationally recognised on 15th January 1992. In October 2005, negotiations on Croatian entry into the EU began and since July 1st, 2013 Croatia became a full member of EU.

The area of Croatia is 56,542 km² with additional area of 31,067 km² accompanying territorial waters and the entire coast together with islands, islets and reefs covers 5,835 km. The population is 4.284.889 (according to the census of 2011). Croatian is the official language with Latin script. Zagreb is the capital city (790.017 inhabitants). The currency is the Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 lipas).

Croatia is famous for its beauty and preserved nature with diverse natural features covering such a small area. There are eight national parks, four in the mountainous region (Paklenica, Plitvička jezera, Risnjak and Northern Velebit) and four along the coastal region (Brijuni, Kornati, Krka and Mljet). Along with these areas of specially protected natural heritage, there are also areas under the strict protection of nature, reservations, natural landmarks and nature parks. There are 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia.

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Welcome to Kvarner!

Kvarner is a region of exceptional geographical diversity where the Mediterranean recesses deepest into Central Europe. This area caters to tourists on the islands, along the coast as well as the nearby hinterland. Altogether this covers a total surface area of 3,600 km² or 6.3% of the surface area of Croatia where 6.8% of the entire population live. The tourist attractions are rich and cater to all interests. Rich culture, protected natural heritage, a tourist tradition which includes congress and nautical tourism along with holidays, numerous events, sea activities as well as winter activities are the most common, although not the only, reason for visiting.

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