Opatija's ideal position at the juncture between sea and mainland is reflected in its gastronomy. Craetive menus mix continental and Mediterranean cuisine, which cannot be imagined without perfectly fresh local organic food. No wonder, then, that Opatija boasts some of the best restaurants on the Croatian Adriatic. Let us mention but a few of the famous local delicacies: the Kvarner lagostines (scampi), fresh from the Kvarner Gulf, wild asparagi, chestnuts and cherries fro Lovran, Istrian truffles.
You can keep adding to the list, right down to dessert…
A top tourist destination should be represented by a souvenir of the same quality! Camellia is the trademark of Opatija and the Opatija Riviera, which is why the souvenir of Opatija is a cake in the form of – a camellia. But perfection does not end here.
The “Opatija’s Camellia” cake, which conceptual artist and author is Yasna Skorup Krneta, academic painter from Opatija is made only from Mediterranean ingredients, which is recommended as the healthiest diet by the World Health Organization. This cake contains no white sugar, white flour or animal fats. The ingredients of this original cake that, in addition to the nutritional value, also leaves a strong visual impression and is a great souvenir and healthy gift from Opatija, include figs, almonds, carob, raisins, oranges, marzipan and chocolate. And the secret ingredient in it calls up the smells and the climate of the Mediterranean in which it was created. This is an all-season cake of long duration that can be taken to any worldwide destination.
Therefore, during your stay in Opatija, be sure to taste the Opatija “Camellia” cake and take it with you and share it with friends, because we are sure you will like it.