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Istria and Croatian coast

Istria is the largest Croatian peninsula. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate and many cultural and historical monuments, Istria is an attractive destinationduring the whole year. Tourist offer of Istria is complemented by a wine routes, cycling routes, ethno-gastronomic offer, hunting and fishing tourism, equestrian, ecological, and agritourism.
Croatia's coast belongs to the coastal part of Croatia, from Rijeka to Karlobag where are cities Bakar, Kraljevica, Novi Vinodolski and Senj, which was once the most important city of the region, leaving that role to the 19th century Rijeka.
Today, Istria is mostly devoted to tourism.

About destination

Opatija is the center of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Favorable geographic position, enabling its warm seas of Central Europe, about 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Munich, lush vegetation and pleasant climate are the most important reasons for the origins and rapid development of tourism in the late 19th century.

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Opatija is with Zagreb and Dubrovnik one of Croatia's most popular MICE destinations throughout the year. Today even more since the country has built a modern and reliable highways connecting central Croatia to its western and southern parts.
The tradition of congresses in Opatija is nearly as old as the tradition of tourism. One year after the opening of the first hotel in Opatija (the Hotel Kvarner in 1884), Dr. Theodor Billroth and the Austrian Southern Railway Company organised a meeting of balneologists in 1885, where they also discussed the issue of proclaiming Opatija a winter health resort. This was later confirmed by the emperor Franz Joseph II who officially declared Opatija a health resort in 1889.
The importance of Opatija as a convention destination is reflected in the fact that in the late 1960s and in the 1970s, the headquarters of Meditercongress, the International Association of Organisations and Conference Towns interested in the Mediterranean area, which had approximately thirty members, was located in Opatija.
From congress capacities in Opatija that stand out are Milenij Grand Hotel 4 opatijska cvijeta, Hotel Kvarner.

Largest congress capacity

Hotel Kvarner / Opatija, Croatia / Number of conference rooms: 3 / The capacity of the biggest conference room: 900 seats

Total capacity

The total accommodation capacities per hotel category (5, 4, 3 and 2 stars) for this destinations are shown in the following table:

Hotels 3 13 10 4
Rooms 338 1154 761 345
Beds 667 2158 1365 653

International congresses and conferences

47th Croatian & 7th International Symposium on Agriculture,2012, Opatija
2nd International Conference on Regenerative Orthopedics and Tissue Engineering – ICRO 2012, Opatija

ICCA statistics report

Statistic report of International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

2011 2012
Rank 234 319
Number of international congresses 8 6

Must See
Parks of St. Jakob and Park Angiolina
Parks of St. Jakob and Park Angiolina were built between 1845 and 1860. In this parks there are many plants brought from Australia, South America and other parts of the world. Also, they represent the monumental architecture park.
Maiden with the Seagull
Maiden with the Seagull is a sculpture set up 1956 on the bank of the sea along the popular “Lungomare” promenade. It is the work of the academic sculptor Zvonko Car and represents a symbol of Opatija.
Madonna del Mare
Madonna del Mare originally stood where the Maiden with the Seagull is located today. After the sea damaged the sculpture it was removed and her gold-plated replica was put up next to the parish church of St. Jacob.
Croatian Walk of Fame
Croatian Walk of Fame was founded in 2005 to reward those persons whose achievements have contributed to promoting the Croatia in the world.
Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation
Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation was built in 1906 and represents one of the most beautiful parts of Opatija panorama. Church is recognizable for recognizable and interesting neo-Romanesque triple nave structure.

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