Opatija, the fashionable resort in the 19th century dotted with Habsburg-era villas, palms and sea promenade, and Rijeka- Europe’s Cultural Capital in 2020, are there to impress you.
South-East of Trieste is the Kvarner Gulf of Croatia with its many and famous islands. This tour takes you to Rijeka, or Fiume in Italian, a city elected the European Culture Capital in 2020. It was the port of Hungary while Trieste was the port of Austria during the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. And to the Croatian riviera with its palms and flower rich vegetation and one after the other picturesque towns like Opatija and Lovran. 120 years ago, Opatija was the then ‘Saint Tropez’ for the aristocrats of Austria-Hungary.
Rijeka is known as the gateway to Croatia’s islands. Its the principal Croatian harbour and its third largest city. The main street is full of Habsburg-era buildings. Rijeka was first mentioned as a city in the first century AD. In 1288 the Rijeka citizens signed the Law Codex of Vinodol, one of the oldest codes of law in Europe. In 1466 it came under Habsburg rule. Like Trieste, Rijeka was declared a free port in 1719. The industrial development of the city included the first industrial scale oil refinery in Europe in 1882, and the first torpedo factory in the world in 1866. Rijeka will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020.
Opatija is a popular resort both winter as summer, due to its beauty and climate . It’s history as a fashionable resort started in 1844 when a rich merchant from Rijeka had built the Villa Angiolina Manor in en extended park where he received important guests. In 1882 the railway company bought the villa and started building the Kvarner Hotel. The railway company was also responsible for the Lungomare; a promenade that snakes along the coastline, offering views of the town and neighboring islands. In 1887 was established here the first sailing club in the Adriatic Sea.
Lovran, 6 km away, is one of the oldest coastal settlements on the eastern side of Istria. It is said that it was created when the Roman statesman Marcus Agrippa built his summer residence here.
Icici, Ika, Moscenicki-Draga are small, other pearls on this coastline.
Transport back to Trieste to Piazza Unità where the tour ends around 18:30.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on fixed dates if a sufficient number of participants is not reached. As a custom tour, small numbers of participants is possible.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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