Solo Female Travel in Opatija

Situated on the classic Kvarner Bay within the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, Opatija emanates an air of regal elegance and natural beauty. Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, this seaside resort town has been a go-to spot for European royalty and elite since the 19th century. Opatija is famous for its meticulously maintained public gardens, rich architectural heritage, including opulent villas and hotels, and the picturesque 12 km long coastal promenade, Lungomare. It’s also renowned for the Maiden with the Seagull, a famous statue and symbol of the town. Opatija's enticing blend of relaxing beaches, delectable local cuisine, featuring fresh seafood and truffles, spa services, and cultural festivals, truly cater to every discerning traveler’s taste.

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Is Opatija good for solo travel?


Safety:Very safe

Opatija is largely considered to be very safe for solo female travelers. The crime rate is low and public transport is reliable. The locals are friendly and often willing to help if you need directions or travel advice. However, as with any destination, it is always advised to take necessary precautions such as avoiding unlit and deserted areas at night and being aware of your surroundings at all times.


Navigating through Opatija, is fairly simple. It is a small town that is easily walkable, and most of the attractions and essential amenities are well-aligned along the coast, making places straightforward to locate. Although it has some hilly areas, they usually add to the scenic charm rather than being an obstacle. The townspeople are also quite useful and commonly speak English, providing further ease in getting around.
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Things to do:Interesting

Opatija offers a diverse range of activities, making it an engaging destination for solo travelers. From pleasant strolls along the Lungomare Promenade to exploring the enchanting parks such as The Park of Saint Jakov and Angiolina Park Villa, there is much to witness in this coastal town. If you're an art lover, local galleries like Juraj Matija Sporer Art Pavilion are sure to catch your interest. Food enthusiasts will appreciate the quality of local restaurants and the opportunity to try out Kvarner scampi or cherries from Lovran. Lastly, boat tours are an exciting way to absorb the beauty of the Adriatic Sea. However, the city lacks some of the adrenaline-driven or extreme sports activities.

Food:Above average

Opatija offers a variety of delicious food options with a strong influence of Mediterranean and European cuisine. The seafood is incredibly fresh, and many dishes feature local ingredients and traditional methods that display an authentic culinary charm. In addition to seafood, you can find a wide selection of pasta, risotto, truffles, and prosciutto, as well as delectable local wines. Vegetarian-friendly options might be a bit limited, but are available with a bit of searching. The city's culinary scene might be a pleasant revelation even to a seasoned food-lover.


Opatija strikes a middle ground in terms of budget-friendliness. Accommodation rates are generally affordable, especially outside peak tourist season. Most eateries offer a decent variety of meals at reasonable prices. However, some attractions and activities might require a bit of a splurge. Planning and budgeting could help you make the most out of your trip without going overboard.

Is Opatija worth visiting?


Andrea (24)


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Opatija is a small city, which is a great first time experience for someone who wants a little taste of the Croatian coast (which is the reason why we took some friends who were visiting the country). It's easy to feel safe, and it's not overly crowded. There are many beautiful places to take pictures and feel like a sea princess. It's also a good day trip from Zagreb if you don't have a lot of time, but want to have a taste of the sea. Mind you, though, just like most Croatian beaches, you'll find stone rather than sand - I recommend using aqua shoes or diving shoes to walk, as they make everything more comfortable.

Posted: June 12, 2024Experienced: May, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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