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Ičići – Photography by Tihana RukavinaIčići is located in the north-east part of Istria Peninsula, where gentle slopes of Učka pass towards the sea, just 2 km from Opatija. Ičići is a touristic place positioned between Lovran and Opatija, famous worldwide for its ACI Marina- famous nautical centre and a beautiful attractive beach. Situated by the village centre, it is partly sandy beach and partly a concrete area. The beach is well managed and each year investments are made to further improve it, which is why it is regularly awarded with the prestigious "blue flag". The entrance to the beach is free and open for all. The beach is perfect for enjoying a variety of sports – beach volleyball, soccer, badminton on the sand, a water polo court in the sea. Children particularly love the beach's large water slide and a part especially planned for children to play. There are various restaurants to be found on the beach itself, a small supermarket that will satisfy everyone's needs, and free wireless internet access for all (WLAN). The beach is enclosed by the ACI Marina on one side, and merges with the little harbor of Ičići on the other side, which is as old as the village itself and has been developed alongside it. This harbor is meant for smaller vessels only and reminds us that Ičići is a coastal village. By its climate and numerous possibilities, Ičići is one of the rare places which can praise itself that tourists regularly come back to one of the most wanted places for a vacation. It is important to emphasize that coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare”, passes through Ičići. Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary ordered its construction in 1885, and it has been named after him. This beautiful coastal walk extends over 12 km from Volosko to Lovran with Icici marking just about its middle. In the evening hours it is discretely illuminated and ideal for romantic walks. There you can relax in peace, undisturbed by noise and stress of everyday life.

 

Opatija – Photography by Petursey PhotographyNot far from Ičići there is the pearl of Kvarner - Opatija. It is one of the most famous touristic places in Croatia and it is often called “the first lady of Croatian tourism” due to its longest touristic tradition. Its rich beauty and romantic soul emerges from every corner of this town. Opatija is a popular resting and health resort, with spectacular view on Kvarner bay. Its villas and hotels are known for extraordinary architectural values. They are surrounded by beautiful green nature of the mountain Učka, stunning blue sea and amazingly decorated parks, which all together make perfect blender of modern spirit and prime-class touristic offer. Opatija has always been a synonym for luxury and the best choice for all those who wanted to have great time on their holiday and experience tradition of the area. Opatija and its surroundings are known for its great restaurants where you can enjoy in complete service. Supremely prepared food, wide selection of wines and kind staff are waiting for you to suggest you an ideal combination of food and drinks. There are many caffés, lounge bars and disco-clubs. You can listen to a good concert or go and see a good movie in an open-air stage, but also you can visit an exhibition to complete your experience. In coastal places are especially famous “Fishermen’s nights” which are organized throughout the whole summer. Opatija is the leading touristic place in Croatia, offering its congress facilities (over 50 meeting rooms with capacity up to 900 delegates), 11 indoor swimming pools, wellness programmes, a casinos and opportunities for shorter trips to nearby surroundings or all-day excursions.

 

Učka – Photography by Tihana RukavinaUčka Nature Park includes Mountain Učka and a part of the Ćićarija mountain also connecting Istria and continental part of Coratia. The distinctive features for which this area was proclaimed a nature park have been known for a long time. Due to its relief and proximity to the sea, the area is characterized by a particular climate and lush forest vegetation. If you want to visit one of the most beautiful panoramas in this part of Europe, visit Učka and its highest peak Vojak (1401 m) from where, when the weather is nice, you can see Istra, Kvarner bay and middle-Dalmatian islands, Gorski Kotar, hills of Italian Alps and Venice. Here you can enjoy in Učka’s natural beauty and cultural inheritance as well as in different sports activities. Visitors of park might be interested in numerous recreational possibilities: from slow walks to more difficult free climbing, climbing or speleology. Within Učka Nature Park are 8 well-tended, marked mountain-bike trails of varying difficulty to a total length of 180 km. The trails lead through various landscapes, providing a unique chance to enjoy magnificent views of Kvarner Bay, the islands and towns along the coast, and then experience the beauty of Mountain Učka and Ćićarija plateau at higher altitudes. The canyon Vela Draga, with its 62 climbing routes, represents one of the most attractive climbing areas in Croatia, and is very popular among climbers throughout the year. Since the very beginning of modern paragliding and hang-gliding Učka has attracted many enthusiasts of these sports and hosted several Croatian and international competitions. For the lovers of horse riding, there is Ranch Bubač too, for amazing experience of the nature and horses. Učka Nature park offers possibility of organized activities: caving, hiking, mountain-biking, free-climbing, recreational horse-riding, caving-adventures and adventure races.

 

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