Lovran Travel Guide
Lovran is one of the oldest towns of Istrian Peninsula, located on the western coast of the Kvarner Bay. Since 1905 Lovran has turned into an extremely popular destination of Croatia not only due to the historical heritage but also due to the mild Mediterranean climate and kindness of local people.
The town can be reached by bus from Opatija and Rijeka that are well connected to all the mains cities of Croatia.
Liburnians were the first settlers in Lovran. The town's name comes from Latin "laurus". In 9th c. Lovran came under the rule of Croats, in 12thc. it got under the reign of German Empire and became a very important economic center. From 12th to 14th c. the town was ruled by Devinski dukes. In 16th c. the fortifications were built in the town because of the threat coming from Ottomans and Venice. Burnt by the Venetians, Lovran was restored and in the 19th–20th c. survived the rule of the Austrians, French, British, Italians and Germans.
Tourist attractions. During Lovran travel you have a chance to view the history of the town through its variety of outstanding architecture. Some of the best historical attractions in Lovran include an impressive City Tower, the medieval walls with Stubica gate, the old council chamber, the Lovran villas, graced with incredible gardens. The Parish Church of St. George (12th c.), the Romanesque church of St. John the Baptist (14th c.), the old Chapel of the Holy Trinity renovated in the Gothic style in 15th c. are must-sees for sacred architecture enthusiasts during their Lovran holidays.
Beaches. Peharovo and Kvarner are public pebble beaches of Lovran, both awarded with a Blue Flag. There is also an amazing beachside promenade called Lungo Mare which stretches along the coastline from Lovran to Opatija. Those who like quieter beaches can find them along the Opatija Riviera.
Restaurants. Seafood gourmands will remember their holidays in Lovran due to unbelievable culinary offer of the town. Restaurants Najade, Knezgrad and Kvarner, tavern Hotel Excelsior, bistro Stari Grad are there to give the tourists gastronomic pleasures. Those who prefer Italian cuisine are recommended to pay a visit to Pizzeria Delfino, a relaxing place with a charming garden, which is famous for its great choice of pizzas, pasta specialties, as well as risotto.
Festivals and cultural events. Those whose Lovran travel is planned in April should definitely see the Asparagus Festival when everyone can try dishes with asparagus prepared in hundreds of ways. Travelers who spend their Lovran holidays in October must see Marunada Festival, which has been celebrated in Lovran since 1973. This remarkable gastronomic and cultural event is held in honour to marun, a sweet sort of chestnut that grows only in this part of Croatia. International Yachting Regatta takes place in November. There are also festivities in honor of St. George, Lovran's patron, and numerous fishery celebrations held all summer long. In addition, you can visit the Lovran fair which takes place at Trg Slobode Square every month.
Active vacations. Active travelers will be more than content with their Lovran travel. Those who feel like taking up a challenge of mountain biking, trekking, free climbing and even paragliding should go to the Ucka Nature Park. Such sport activities as tennis, fishing, sailing, water skiing, diving, sea kayaking are also at your disposal during your holidays in Lovran.