Well-tended coastal promenades and forest paths
Opatija is the town with the longest well-tended seafront promenade in Croatia – the popular Lungomare stretches 12 kilometres along the coast, connecting the towns of the Opatija Riviera: Lovran, Ika, Icici, Opatija and Volosko. The promenade was completed in 1911. At that time, a stroll along the seafront was a favourite pastime of noble ladies and gentlemen; today this activity is still very popular among many tourists that come to this area.
Another interesting promenade is the Carmen Sylva forest path. This promenade was named after the pseudonym of the former Romanian queen, because her husband, King Carol of Romania, after becoming lost while wandering on the slopes above Opatija, donated money to the district principal to arrange a forest trail for ladies and gentlemen who like to stroll in the fresh air. Today the path is well-tended and equipped with interpretation boards that tell the story of the promenade, which is today ideal for Nordic walking or mountain biking.