Lovran & Environs
Slower-paced and more casual than Opatija, the picturesque town of Lovran, 6km (4 miles) to the north, is the choice of tourists who want the Riviera’s beaches and recreation opportunities but not the upscale lifestyle. Lovran is where Opatija’s Lungomare ends—or begins—depending on your point of view.
Excitement in Lovran (named for its numerous laurel trees) is not limited to toasting on the beach. For three weekends every October, the chestnut is king, and you can feast on the celebrated nut in many forms at the annual Chestnut Festival (Marunada).There is also a Wild Asparagus Festival in April and Cherry Days in June. There are reasons other than produce to consider a stay in Lovran, including stunning villas on the town’s periphery; a quaint old town complete with a 12th-century church (St. George’s) with lovely frescoes and Glagolitic inscriptions; and two municipal beaches.
Buses to and from Rijeka breeze through Lovran every 20 minutes or so. If you have your own car, you can get to Lovran from Opatija in about 10 minutes. You can even get here on foot, following the Lungomare from Opatija or any point north of town along the 12km (7 1/2-mile) promenade.
The Lovran Tourist Information Office (www.tz-lovran.hr; tel. 051/291-740) at Trg Slobode 1 near the harbor provides maps and other helpful information.