8 days in Istria, Opatija & Croatian Coast Itinerary

8 days in Istria, Opatija & Croatian Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Istria, Opatija & Croatian Coast Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Drive:  3​h
1
Porec
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Opatija
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
3
Rijeka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Torreon

2
nights
Porec

Porec ©
With a scenic location along the Adriatic Sea and a basilica listed as a World Heritage Site, the ancient town of Porec represents the most visited tourist destination in Croatia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the striking features of Decumanus Street, experience rural life at Brist Extra Virgin Olive Oil, delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre de Pula, then contemplate the long history of Porec Old Town, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Euphrasius Basilica. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Euphemia, don't miss a visit to Main Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of STARI GRAD, then get to know the fascinating history of Port of Rovinj, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Porec road trip planning app .

Zagreb to Porec is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Opatija.

Things to do in Porec

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rovinj, Amphitheatre de Pula
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Amphitheatre de Pula ©
Amphitheatre de Pula
Main Street ©
Main Street
STARI GRAD ©
STARI GRAD

2
nights
Opatija

Opatija ©
You'll find Opatija dotted with exquisite villas from its days as a posh Viennese resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Plomin Luka, don't miss a visit to Vielle ville de Labin, then take a stroll through The town of Hum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Katedrala Sv. Jakova. On the next day, explore the activities along Moscenicka Draga, then admire the striking features of The Angiolina Park - Villa Angiolina, and then steep yourself in history at Košljun.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Opatija trip planning site .

You can drive from Porec to Opatija in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rijeka.

Things to do in Opatija

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Plomin Luka, The town of Hum, Vielle ville de Labin, Košljun
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The town of Hum ©
The town of Hum
Košljun ©
Košljun
Moscenicka Draga ©
Moscenicka Draga

2
nights
Rijeka

Rijeka ©
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia (after Zagreb and Split). Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Mazuranic-Brlic-Ruzic Library and Collection, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Romuald Tempio Votivo Church, and then get engrossed in the history at Rijeka City Museum. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Korzo, wander the streets of Kastav, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crikvenica Beach, and finally explore the historical opulence of Trsat Castle.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rijeka trip itinerary tool .

Rijeka is just a short distance from Opatija. August in Rijeka sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rijeka

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Crikvenica Beach
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Kastav ©
Kastav
Trsat Castle ©
Trsat Castle
Korzo ©
Korzo

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