During the 19th century Austro-Hungarian noblemen built villas in Opǎtija where they enjoyed the mild Mediterranean winters. The Opǎtija Riviera became known as the “Croatian Monte Carlo” and the architecture reflects the heritage of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
“Before Opǎtija’s reconstruction in the 19th century its residents made their living fishing. In those days, pirate attacks along the Adriatic coast were frequent, so there were rules on how and where to build. The community grouped their houses together for protection from the uncertainty of the coast.”
“By the late 19th century Opǎtija was reconstructed. In 1844 a new period began when Hignio Scarpa, Rijeka’s patrician, built Villa Angiolina.”
I enjoy looking at the beautiful villas and discover a new one to admire every day.