Welcoming speech of mayor

Dear business partners, dear friends!

Dear Friends and Business Partners,

It is a great pleasure to present to you Opatija, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and the ‘Queen of Tourism’. Opatija is a Mediterranean town with a Central European charm, chosen by numerous business people, scientists and tourists as their favourite destination.

Opatija’s favourable geographic location, excellent transport connections, and pleasant climate were the main reasons for the rapid development of tourism here at the end of the 19th century. Today, Opatija is an elegant holiday resort and the heart of the Riviera with the longest tourism tradition in Croatia. The town is renowned for its manicured parks and gardens, 10-km-long Lungomare coastal promenade, numerous bathing spots and splendid fountains, which all provide the perfect setting for villas and hotels that can accommodate up to 9,000 visitors.

Apart from being a great place to live, Opatija offers the best of leisure, medical and congress tourism. Continuous investment into new amenities and infrastructure, and the support of the town’s authorities, make Opatija a leading destination in terms of the quality and quantity of its tourism services and facilities.

With more than 20 hotels, most of them with four or five stars, numerous gourmet restaurants and recreational facilities, entertainment programmes and events of various kinds, Opatija can today cater for the needs of even the most demanding congress organisers and delegates.

When you come to Opatija, I recommend that you also visit our beautiful hinterland and the small hilltop town of Veprinac, a true gem of medieval rural architecture known for the Veprinac Law, an important part of Croatia’s legal tradition. A short drive uphill from Veprinac will take you to Mount Učka, a wonderful mountain where you can refresh yourself and enjoy the most beautiful view of the Kvarner area.

Finally, don’t forget that you’re staying on a Riviera that is known for its superb cuisine. We are very proud to have some of Croatia’s finest restaurants here, so make sure you taste Kvarner scampi, asparagus, sweet chestnuts, and cherries from Lovran, as well as our exceptional Croatian wines.

Relax and enjoy our small piece of paradise.

Yours faithfully,

Ivo Dujmić,
Mayor of Opatija