Lovran Travel Guide, Croatia
The city of Lovran lies near Opatia resort on the shores of the Opatia Riviera. It has plenty of small or wide beaches some of which are with pebbles and shallow waters while the others are rockier. The color combination of the blue sea and the green slopes of the mountains creates a unique image. This is one of the reasons why Europe’s aristocracy chose Lovran as their favorite resort.
Lovran is somewhat calmer than Opatia which is packed with tourists during high season. There are a lot of festivities held throughout the year keeping the town alive. The most important event for the locals is St. George, in April when the city celebrates its patron saint, the Fisherman’s Festival is held from June to September, Lovran Summer combining folk and classical music performances, traditional Mediterranean cuisine and entertainment. The chestnut festival is held in October and the International Sailing Regata in November.
There is a lot to see in this picturesque old town from medieval frescoes to the old tower dating 14th century. Most of the historic sites are concentrated in one place, the centre of the old town. One of them is St. Juraj church dating 12th century. You can see a lot by strolling the 12 km long promenade next to the shore.
You can also take Lovran as a base camp for visiting the region. Thus, you can have day trips to Plitvice lakes, Brijuni, Risnjak, Krk Island or go as far as Postojona cave. With the mountains nearby hiking, trecking, climbing and mountain biking are popular pastime activities. Visiting Lošinj Island is a must as you will be able to see dolphins. On the island of Cres you will be able to see the ornithological reserve.
Located on the shore Lovran has always been an important maritime city but during the 20th century, it became popular among Austrian and Hungarian tourists who came here to spend both summers and winters. But this was not the only period when Lovran was taken as a resting place. Actually, the reason for building a settlement here was to create a summer residence for Marcus Agripa in the 1st century AD. This says a lot about Lovran as being set in a very picturesque location. If the Roman ruler piced this place for his summer residence and no other, it means the place has something special. Throughout the centuries many have visited and even decided to build residences here so now everything is quite packed, the streets are narrow and the houses are pretty close to each other.
To protect it from invaders, a wall was built around it with three entrance possibilities. The town was also protected by St George, the patron saint. To show their respect the main square that is still present is named after him. This square, as well as many other sites inside the old town, are well preserved. One of the three entrance gates is preserved, the one that linked the town to the old port.
Lovran might be a bit lower key than Opatia, but it is more popular among tourists who want to relax and enjoy the beautiful sights.