Views, views, views… you’ll probably think we’re at least partially obsessed. Ok, we are, we admit it – but you’ll thank us for it when you get there. And now for our announcement of the BEST VIEW and BEST WALK – well, it has to be from the top of that green mammoth Mount Učka. Fancy seeing the peaks of the Italian Alps and a brown blob in the shape of Venice? Not only will you be thrilled, excited, dazzled, nonplussed, probably exhausted - possibly even dead – but you will also have lungs full of the second healthiest air on the entire continent (according to the Austro-Hungarians). Part and parcel of a healthful cure at Opatija was walks in the lush green forests which extend all the way up to the highest peak, Vojak (1401m), with a medieval viewpoint at the top. There are many paths, varying in difficulty, starting from all the resorts on the Opatija Riviera, passing by various items of historical or natural wonder, as well as mountain biking trails, opportunities for climbers and places to eat. Call into the tourist information office in your resort, or check out the website of the Mount Učka Nature Park: www.pp-ucka.hr.
Whether you’re interested in diving to shipwrecks, caves or underwater rock faces, Croatia is a great destination for diving. And thanks to modern diving equipment and techniques, children as young as 10 years old can dive quite safely, as can disabled divers. Just be sure before every dive to check the rules for safe diving in that location, to avoid putting your life – or anyone else’s – in danger.