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Yes, the water and sky were really that blue. And yes, Opatija should be added to your travel bucket list ASAP! This little seaside resort town in the northern Croatian region of Istria is as charming and authentic as it gets. A favorite vacation destination of the Austrian royal family, Opatija is an influence of Austro-Hungarian, Italian, and Croatian cultures, architecture, and food. I visited here a few years ago with my family but couldn’t wait to come back!
Less than a two hour drive from Zagreb, Mary (my roommate and fellow intern) and I decided to do a day trip there this past Sunday. After getting over my fear of driving internationally, we made it without any accidents. I know this sounds silly, especially because I’ve been living abroad for a few years, but I’ve had this fear of driving abroad…and yes, this was my first time driving internationally! However, highways in Croatia are sooooo much nicer than ones in the USA. Now I want to do more European road trips!
Words can’t do Opatija justice. Seriously, I think the photos speak for themselves. Look at those blues and teals!!! I was in water heaven :)
The Church of the Annunciation, high above the city of Opatija, served as the perfect relaxation point and gave the best view of the city! Almost 100 years later and this church still isn’t complete. Austrians, Italians, Croatians, and Slovenians have all contributed to the building of this gorgeous church. Happy Palm Sunday from me in Opatija!
The location of St. James Abbey. Opatija is actually the Croatian word for “abbey.” St. James Church now stands on the original location of the abbey built in the 14th century. It can be seen through the trees!