Lovran Croatia, a small beautiful little old town situated on the eastern coast of Istria peninsula, has become a popular tourist destination. Lovran and its near vicinity, makes a part of Opatija Riviera.
If you take a look at the Istria peninsula map, you’ll notice that Lovran town from the geographical point it’s a part of the Istria peninsula.
But administratively it makes a part of Primorsko-goranska county that includes the Bay of Kvarner (with Cres, Krk, Losinj and Rab islands), Northern Croatian Littoral (Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski), and the mountainous region of Gorski Kotar. Its center is Rijeka.
If you are planning a visit to Istria. this town has geographical position that allows you to visit one of our most beautiful national parks ( Ucka, Plitvice, Brijuni or Risnjak) including the Istria coast and its charming towns, the islands of Krk, Cres, Rab, Postojna cave in Slovenia and Venice in Italy.
It’s ideally located close to another Istria, sometimes called the Green Istria, a hidden Istria, the land of beauty and clean, unspoiled nature and its mystic hilltop towns, like Pazin, Buzet, Hum and Motovun.
Interesting trivia: Lovran was named after the Laurel tree, which grows everywhere in the area!
Lovran Croatia Weather
The climate in Lovran area is typical Mediterranean with an average of 269 sunny days per year. Average temperature in January is 4.7 ° C while temperature in July is 22.1 ° C.
The whole area has a mild climate, protected by the Ucka mountains. When is the best period to go to Lovran?
- May, June, July, August and September are the best months with pleasant weather conditions and rather high average temperature.
- The warmest month is July, the best month for for swimming and sunbathing.
- November is the wettest month and it isn’t recommended unless you like rain.
- The coldest month is January.
Lovran Croatia: Top Things To Do
Lovran is one of the most attractive tourist destinations on Opatija Riviera. First time mentioned in the 7th century, its old historic city center gives a special atmosphere to this small Mediterranean town.
The town old city center with its Romanesque bell tower, surrounded by walls from the Middle Ages, intersected with cobbled streets and a series of baroque houses, will be certainly the first place you will visit.
Aside from its charming town center, Lovran boasts of beautiful Lungomare promenade, ideal for lovers of long walking along the sea, that stretches from Lovran to Opatija. This 12 km long promenade, officially named the Franz Joseph I Promenade will take you an hour and a half to get to Opatija.
Nearby destinations worth visiting:
Top Lovran Croatia Monuments and Landmarks:
- Church of St. Jurja
- Church of St.John in the old town
- Church of St.Trinity above the harbor
- The Town Tower on St. George’s Square
- East City Gate ‘ Stubica ‘
- The stone slab in memory of the visit of King Friedrich II
- Mustacon – the wooden carving
- Lovran villas
- Ucka Nature Park
- Franz Joseph I promenade
Lovran Croatia Traditional Events
Among many traditional manifestations, there are several events that are combination of gastronomy, sports and culture. Here is some most interesting 2018 calendar of events:
- 18th Asparagus Festival from April 1 to 30 – For all asparagus lovers it is advisable to visit the Asparagus Festival in Lovran, where restaurants and taverns offer various wild asparagus dishes. If you want to see how to prepare the traditional omelette of 1000 eggs and 30 kg of asparagus, do not miss the Asparagus Festival in Lovran.
- 18th Cherry Festival from June 9 – 17 Lovran – Cherries are a delicious, juicy fruit that has played an important role in the life of people in this region. During the festival, visitors will have the chance to savoir various dishes and cakes prepared with cherries. If you like this delicious sweet fruit, you should not miss this event!
- 45th Marunada (Chestnuts) Festival from October 12 – 21 – is the greatest yearly event in Lovran. Traditional gastronomic event offering assorted pastry made of famous Lovran sweet chestnuts (maruni). Because of special climate, the Lovran Croatia chestnuts are one of the most tasteful chestnuts in the world, and this is why this event is so special.
- Lovran Croatia Carnival – is the second biggest year event in Lovran that takes place from January 17 to February 14. It starts with St. Anthony’s Day and by raising Carnival flag(January 17), ‘Zubijada’ the fishing competition under mask (January 27) and with International Carnival Parade (February 4th) and closes on February 14 (The last Carnival day).
Best Lovran Croatia Beaches
Central town beach in Lovran is located under coastal promenade partly is made of concrete and the other is at app. 500 m distance from the hotel. One part of the beach is made of concrete and the other is pebble.
Peharovo beach is a fine gravel beach on the western exit of Lovran. This beach is very popular among families with children because of the trees shade and various sport equipment.
Medveja beach – a big gravel beach situated a few kilometers south of Lovran, represents one of the best beaches offering not only sunbathing or swimming but top catering services from the popular Hemingway Bar.
Icici beach – is a blue flag beach (the high quality of sea) situated between Lovran and Opatija. The beach has a concrete and sand part with several restaurants, coffee bars and mini shops.
Moscenicka Draga beach – ten kilometers south from Lovran you’ll find the biggest beach in the western part of the Kvarner bay. It consists of 7 linked beaches that stretch 16 kilometers in length with Great Beach.
Lovran Accommodation: Where to Stay
Four-star hotels in Lovran:
- Hotel Villa Eugenia
- Hotel Excelsior Lovran
- Hotel Park Lovran
- Hotel Villa Vera
Three-star hotels in Lovran:
- Hotel Bristol
- Hotel Lovran
- Villa Nada