The most important sights of Opatija, the places that testify to the town’s past and reveal its secrets, are all linked together in the ‘Top Attractions’ themed walking tour that takes visitors of the ‘cradle of Croatian tourism’ round the locations that they shouldn’t miss during their stay in the town. Starting from the Croatian Walk of Fame at Slatina, with its marble stars dedicated to renowned personalities, the tour moves on to the small harbour of Portić. Next, there’s the Juraj Šporer Art Pavilion, the town’s central exhibition venue, then the Park and Church of St. James, the patron saint of the town, and after that the statue of the Girl with the Seagull, which has become the town’s most recognisable landmark.
The ‘Top Attractions’ walking tour continues to the Hotel Kvarner, the oldest one in Croatia, whose annexe the Villa Amalia was once a favourite destination of the famous dancer Isadora Duncan, before continuing to the Villa Angiolina, which is located in the centre of the park of the same name, the largest one in Opatija. This villa, in which modern European tourism was born, is today the seat of the Croatian Museum of Tourism, which also includes the nearby Swiss House, from where the walking tour of the town’s main attractions leads past the statue dedicated to Friedrich Julius Schüler, the great visionary of tourism in Opatija. Some of the important guests of the town, such as Albert Einstein and James Joyce, are portrayed on the Wall of Fame, along which this walking tour leads to its final destination – the harbour of Opatija.