The 10 Best Beaches in Opatija
The beaches of Opatija are unique in Croatia. Above all, the many nostalgic villas and buildings from the imperial period that line the entire coast give the many wonderful bays their additional charm. Along the picturesque beach promenade there are countless idyllic bathing spots, such as beautiful pebble bays, sandy beaches, well-kept concrete beaches and exclusive beach clubs, where you can unwind and relax. The sea at the Opatija Riviera is also wonderfully clear and therefore an unforgettable summer holiday in the Kvarner Bay is guaranteed. But where are the most beautiful places to sunbathe and what are the most amazing beaches in Opatija?
In this beach-guide we reveal the 10 best beaches in Opatija. Additionally, you will get lots of useful information and insider tips that will certainly help you plan your trip!
Slatina Beach is the most popular beach in Opatija and, with the promenade, the tourist center of the town. This is a clean, very beautiful concrete beach with a unique backdrop, which has been awarded with the Blue Flag. Its many steps and stairs ensure perfect entry into the crystal-clear sea. A small sandy beach section was also created for small children. Due to its size there are plenty of sunbathing areas on this large beach and umbrellas and loungers can also be rented.
Right behind the Slatina beach restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors and small kiosks take care of your physical well-being. There are also some recommended apartments and hotels behind the beach, such as the impressive Grand Hotel Palace and the exclusive 5-star Hotel Amadria Park Milenij.
The Tomasevac Beach is just beautiful and a very popular beach especially for families. This beautiful bay, like all of Opatija’s amazing beaches, is located on the picturesque Lungo Mare waterfront. Here you will find an enchanting pebble bay with partly concrete sunbathing areas, which transforms into a gently sloping sandy beach in the clear sea. There is also a small water slide, a pedal boat rental and a children’s playground. Shady spots are rather rare on Tomasevac beach, but loungers and umbrellas can be rented on site in the restaurant.
Tip: The beautiful Remisens Premium Hotel Ambasador is just a few meters from the beach. We also recommend the Central Apartment, which scores with its great old style and top furnishings.
The Škrbići beach is a newly created small pebble beach, although a small part consists of concrete surfaces too. Right next to it, directly in the bay, is also the beautiful beach section of the dreamlike Hotel Miramar. Comfortable loungers and parasols are available for hotel guests only. While swimming in the sea, you can enjoy fantastic blue sea colors and a picturesque backdrop with the romantic hotel in the background. This bathing place is also perfect for snorkeling. A real insider tip among the most beautiful beaches in Opatija!
Tip: The Hotel Miramar is one of the absolute top hotels in Opatija. The perfect location, the beautiful spa area and the fantastic culinary offer are convincing.
Another fantastic beach in Opatija is Lipovica Bay. In particular the old villas of the Danube monarchy from the 1920s create a lot of nostalgic charm and flair here. Families with children love this beautiful, rather quiet pebble beach, which is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The bamboo forest, which is like the small playground just behind the Lipovica beach, is also pretty to look at.
There are some really lovely apartments right behind the beach. A wonderful bay for a relaxing vacation by the sea.
A real highlight and especially popular with the young audience is the beautiful Lido Beach near the historically significant Hotel Kvarner. A mix of concrete and stone beach awaits you here, which turns into sand in the sea. What is really cool on this beach is the exclusive Beach Club, which attracts with a beautiful infinity pool and delicious drinks. Although it belongs to the Hotel Bevanda, it is also accessible to non-hotel guests.
Beach Hotel Royal
The Royal Beach, which is a private section of the Hotel Royal, also captivates with an incredibly beautiful backdrop. This beach is a concrete beach where stairs lead into the water and which is surrounded by palm trees. The snow-white canopies create a picturesque contrast to the blue sea. The water here is wonderfully clean and clear, making it ideal for swimmers and snorkelers. There are almost no natural shade spots here. Sun beds and umbrellas can be reserved on site in the Beach Club for about 30 euros.
Crnikovica beach is located in the charming fishing village of Volosko, at the upper end of Opatija, and is particularly popular with locals. On one side of the beach there are concrete areas, on the other side there is a section covered with pebbles, which allows perfect entry into the sea. Also great here is the sandy bottom in the sea, which slopes quite flatly and is therefore well suited for bathing and playing in the water.
Beaches around Opatija
Not only the beaches in Opatija are beautiful, there are also fantastic bays and swimming spots in the area close to it. Here are our extra tips for the most beautiful beaches, which are not far from the popular holiday resort.
A popular beach just 9 kilometers from Opatija is the bay of Medveja. Here you can enjoy a rather quiet pebble beach with beautiful blue sea colors and plenty of space to relax in the sun. There is also a good selection of bars and restaurants here. Parking spaces are rather rare, regardless of the season. You can, for example, park for a fee in the campsite opposite.
Klancac Beach (Brsec)
A real insider tip and one of the most beautiful beaches in the area of Opatija is the fantastic Klancac Beach in Brsec. This hidden bathing place is located around 23 kilometers from the center of Opatija and is particularly popular with individual travelers. At Klancac Beach you can expect a backdrop that resembles travel magazine pictures: A fine pebble beach with breathtakingly beautiful turquoise sea colors embedded in a fabulous rocky coast.
Moscenicka Draga (Sipar Beach)
The beach Sipar in the very popular holiday resort Moscenicka Draga, which is only 14 kilometers away from Opatija, is absolutely beautiful. This dream beach enchants with a unique backdrop, crystal clear turquoise blue sea and a lot of nostalgic flair. Along the picturesque waterfront you can find many good cafes and restaurants, which offer a wonderful sea view while dinning out!
If you want to spend your vacation in the holiday paradise Moscenicka Draga, we recommend the Aparthotel Gimi, which is located directly on the beach promenade!
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