WDR/ARTE documentary about the Riviera (in German)
Hotel Villa Astra
Viktora Cara Emina 11
Tel.: +385 51 294 400
longitude: 45.300545, latitude: 14.2803063
Hotel Villa Astra is situated in Lovran, small medieval town on the eastern coast of the Istrian Peninsula, Croatia, just southwest of Rijeka on the Adriatic coast. Lovran sits below the mountain and Nature Park Ucka and is part of Opatija Riviera, well known resort in northern Adriatic Kvarner Bay.
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Lovran is situated in the Kvarner Bay, along the Croatian Riviera of Opatija where the Mediterranean Sea and Central Europe meet. Lovran is only a few hours' drive from Vienna, Trieste, Venice, Ljubljana and Munich. Lovran is an intimate, luxurious enclave of villas and gardens with a variety of attractive events for tourists. Apart from offering the possibilities of long vacations or short breaks throughout the year, Lovran may also be considered as a "second home" destination. In this calm corner of Croatia rural tourism, so called "agrotourism" is nurtured, known for its delicious chestnuts, asparagus and cherries.
Lovran is an ideal place for tourist traveling in Croatia that are interested in searching for peaceful environment. Although there are a lots of things to do like walking along the Sea, called "Loungomare", hiking on the slopes of Ucka mountain or seeking inner transformation in the holistic environment of Hotel Villa Astra or cottage Oraj above Lovran.
Lovran got it's name from the Laurel tree, which grows on every step of the area. Bay laurel belongs to the Mediterranean region, the evergreen tree growing to 20 meters high with dark green, glossy leaves and black berries and is often cultivated as an ornamental shrub. More info... (PDF file). Lovran area is also known for its delicious chestnuts, called "maruni". Here you can find more about this valuable and precious tree. More info... (PDF file).
The Kvarner Gulf (Golfo del Quarnero/Quarnaro/Carnaro/ Kvarner Bay) is a bay in the northern Adriatic Sea, located between the Istrian peninsula and the northern Croatian seacoast. The main islands within the Kvarner are Cres, Krk, Pag, Rab and Lošinj. The main portion of the Kvarner bay is that between the mainland, Cres and Krk. A smaller body of water located between Cres, Krk, Rab and Pag is called Kvarneric (the little Kvarner). The bay is notable for its depth, which allows for the city of Rijeka at its northernmost point to have a sea port that can handle the largest ships such as tankers. Due to combination of climate, vegetation, architecture, culture and geographical position, tourism at Kvarner area started developing already in 19th century, when Vienna medical school discovered Kvarner's healing properties.