Overlooking Kvarner Bay, Lovran is one of the oldest coastal settlements on the Istrian Peninsula’s eastern shore. It’s believed that the Roman statesman, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, built his summer residence here in the 1st century AD and the settlement grew into an important shipbuilding hub by the Middle Ages. Today, it’s a fashionable resort, with inviting beaches and a leisurely promenade.
Things to do in Lovran
Stroll around the picturesque harbour where fishing boats can be seen bobbing in the water, then dine on freshly caught seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants. Adjacent to the harbour lies Lovran’s charming old town, which is dominated by stone alleyways lined with centuries-old townhouses and churches. A highlight is the 12th-century Church of St. George, which is topped by a distinctive yellow tower.
For a lengthier walk, follow the 12-kilometre-long Lungomare, a coastal path that links from Lovran to Opatija. Constructed from the 19th century, it offers magnificent views across the Opatija Riviera and is dotted with coves where you can enjoy a swim. Opatija is a destination in itself, with Habsburg-era villas and the Croatian Museum of Tourism to explore.
There are several beautiful beaches in and around Lovran where you can while away your days, most of which are pebbled. A stone’s throw from the town centre is Plaza Peharovo, a Blue Flag beach that’s particularly popular with families. In the other direction, you will find Plaza Kvarner, which overlooks a sparkling bay and has a beach kiosk serving drinks and snacks.
Getting around Lovran
Lovran is a 30-minute drive from Rijeka and 45 minutes from Rijeka International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect Lovran to towns and villages around Kvarner Bay and the centre of Lovran is small enough to explore on foot.