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Something Old . . . Something New

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Croatia, Spa Reviews | 0 comments

Lucy Daltroff travels to Croatia’s Adriatic coast and discovers historic spa towns, thalassotherapy, mud treatments, thermal waters and Europe’s largest spa complex.  I had a feeling of excitement about visiting Opatija in Western Croatia for the first time; I knew it was going to be really special. Why else, would Emperor Franz Joseph in 1888 pronounce the town an official health resort of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy? I wasn’t disappointed. The seaside town is elegant and attractive, located some 500 km from Milan, Vienna and Munich. Back in the 19th century, Opatija’s healthy climate made it popular with visitors like Freud and Mahler and many of the hotels and buildings date from that time. Today its beauty and picturesque views of the Adriatic attract an equally discerning public. The comfortable Bristol Hotel is in the middle of the town. It has a...

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