Moscenicka Draga: All Attractions & Best Beaches
The enchanting seaside town of Moscenicka Draga in Croatia is a true jewel in the Kvarner Bay. Not far from the famous town Opatija, this lovely place is known for its historical flair and relaxed atmosphere. Tourists especially appreciate the beautiful beaches of Mošćenička Draga, which promise bathing pleasure at its best. But also the historical old town of Moscenice and the many fantastic sights in the surrounding area turn this destination into something very special. Attractions such as Opatija, the Učka Nature Park and the holiday region of Istria are just around the corner and can be easily explored from Moscenicka Draga!
In this travel guide, we have summarized all important information and tips concerning Moscenicka Draga in Croatia. We also show you the most beautiful beaches, the best things to do and where to find good accommodations and hotels!
General Information about Moscenicka Draga
The history of Mošćenička Draga as a seaside destination goes back to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, when the Opatija Riviera was first opened up for tourism. Even today, you can enjoy an exceptionally beautiful ambience with magnificent old villas and nostalgic buildings from the late 19th century. Picturesque is also the promenade, the so-called Lungomare, where cozy restaurants, lovely cafés, many accommodations and not to forget the beautiful beach Sipar form the tourist center of Moscenicka Draga.
Just behind the coast rises the mighty Učka mountain range, whose beautiful natural landscape is ideal for outdoor activities, such as hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. On the slopes of the hinterland you can explore picturesque mountain villages, such as the medieval old town of Mošćenice, which is connected to Moscenicka Draga on the coast via 753 stone steps.
The Old Town Moscenice
Moscenice is a medieval town situated on a hill 173 meters above Mošćenička Draga. Documents from 1436 indicate that the popular holiday resort Mošćenička Draga was once the fishing port of this historic town. A stroll through the charming old town reveals a multitude of cultural monuments. Among the most important sights are the old town gate with the stone wall, the town loggia, the historic olive mill and the 3 beautiful churches of Mošćenice.
On the opposite side of the church square of Crkva sv. Andrije church there is a magnificent viewpoint from which you can enjoy a magnificent view over the coast of Moscenicka Draga.
Tip: Moscenice on the mountain is connected with Moscenicka Draga at the sea from the beach of Sv. Ivan by a stone staircase (753 steps) and can thus also be reached by a short walk.
Beaches of Moscenicka Draga
Moscenicka Draga is famous for its fabulous natural beaches, which are popular with tourists and locals alike. These are light pebble beaches, which score with top sea quality, fantastic watercolors and great beach facilities. Because of the easy access to the water, the main beach Sipar is especially suitable for children, but also for people of older generations. Here are the best beaches of Moscenicka Draga at a glance.
The picturesque beach Sipar is the main beach of Mošćenička Draga and many connoisseurs even call it one of the most beautiful beaches along the Kvarner Bay. It is a fine, very clean pebble beach, which also attracts visitors with the most beautiful sea colors. Bathing in the turquoise sea, one enjoys an unbelievably beautiful ambience with the picturesque port city and the red house roofs as a backdrop.
The section south of Sipar beach, near the cozy Coco Beach Bar, is also uniquely beautiful. In this area, pine trees provide natural shade and the stones in the sea are perfect for snorkelers.
Tip: Just behind the beach runs the waterfront promenade, where numerous restaurants invites to linger. Here you will find excellent accommodations, such as the popular Aparthotel Gimi.
Beach Sv. Ivan
Another beautiful beach in Moscenicka Draga is the Beach Sv. Ivan. This beach is located a little south of the center and is connected to the village by a promenade. Here too, you can enjoy a wonderful pebble beach. The good thing is that usually it is a bit quieter than the busy main beach. A bit further along, at the southern end of the coast, you will find the nudist beach, which is highly appreciated by all who love to bathe in their birthday suit.
Tip: For those who want to spend a beach holiday in Moscenicka Draga, we can recommend the beautiful holiday Apartments Sveti Ivan located in the best beach location!
The picturesque Uboka bay is a real insider tip in the area. It is situated on the main road, 4 kilometers south of Moscenicka Draga, and can be reached from the parking lot only by a few steps downhill. Once you reach the bottom, you will experience a beautiful and quiet beach scenery with green pine trees and crystal-clear water.
The Klancac Beach in Brsec is uniquely beautiful and definitely worth a detour. This picturesque bay is situated about 10 kilometers from Moscenicka Draga and inspires with a breathtakingly beautiful pebble beach embedded in a dreamlike rocky coast. The turquoise sea colors and the crystal-clear sea also amaze the guests here.
Best Excursions in the Surroundings
During a holiday in Mošćenička Draga you can go on many wonderful excursions. The following attractions and interesting places are perfect for a visit:
A must-see in the vicinity is the historic coastal town Opatija. This noble town is only 15 kilometers away and is one of the highlights of the Kvarner Bay.
Just behind Mošćenička Draga, the mountain Učka, a nature park with countless hiking routes, rises into the sky. Particularly interesting is the view from Vojak, the highest peak above sea level, and the rock formations of Vela Draga.
Where to stay in Moscenicka Draga
Moscenicka Draga offers its guests a very good range of small hotels and lovely apartments. Many of these accommodations are in top locations directly by the sea, which is especially appreciated by sun-seeking holidaymakers. Here are our accommodation recommendations for Moscenicka Draga…It’s worth a look!
- Aparthotel at the Sea: The Aparthotel Gimi inspires with its dreamlike location in the first beach row at Plaza Sipar. The apartments are also very well furnished and modern.
- Beautiful Hotel: The Hotel Villa Privileggio is a tasteful 3-star hotel offering free parking, excellent breakfast and very clean rooms.
- Apartments by the Sea: The Apartments Sveti Ivan are located at the beach of the same name, Ivan and are ideal for beach holidaymakers who appreciate the perfect beach location.
- Apartment on the Beach: The Apartment Céleste is a great apartment for a vacation in Moscenicka Draga. The balcony with a view of the sea is also great.
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