At the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the flip of the nineteenth into the twentieth century, the rail lines Vienna – Matulji, Vienna – Ljubljana – Trieste, and Zagreb – Karlovac – Rijeka initiated the tourism on the Opatija Riviera. The guests were making journeys in horse-carriages from Opatija into the romantic Moscenicka Draga. The primary traveler overnight stays have been recorded within the stunning villas designed at the end of the nineteenth century.
The beginnings of tourism connected to the Armanda family. They did own the hotel with the same name within the center of Draga. On the foundations of this historic hotel later built was the hotel Draga. Later renamed Miramar, and – more recently – as present-day Mediteran. Along the side of the hotel Armanda, also, one of the originators of tourism in Moscenicka Draga was the Pension Alla Marina. Built on the beach itself. It’s no surprise that the Mediterranean climate, clear sea, gorgeous nature, also, healthy and attractive food began attracting tourists from all over the world.
The Promenade (Lungomare) towards the Sveti Ivan Beach rouses the romantic feelings. And all the way along the shore. You’re enveloped in the murmur of the sea and scent of Mediterranean vegetation. The crown of this path is Villa Zagreb (formerly Ossoinack). Come after by a string of charming old villas near the Sveti Ivan Beach. At the end of the 1st beach, there stands a monument to the Partisan units who disembarked here on twenty-fifth Apr 1945, liberated Moscenicka Draga and proceeded to liberate Rijeka, Istria and also the Croatian Littoral.
The old city of Draga with its compact homes and narrow passes descends steeply all the way to the sea. Also, at its foot, there’s a little amiable harbor – a home to fishing boats, smaller vessels. And in the summer months – a mini-marina for tourist boats. The old city is a typical fishing settlement that sprang up by the end of the nineteenth century. When the inhabitants of the city of Moscenice and close villages slowly moved right down. To the coast because of fishing. Moscenicka Draga evolved as a fishing harbor of the city of Moscenice. The written records mention it early. In the year 1436 when the existence of a settlement on the harbor near Sveta marina has been mention. It is the administrative seat of the Municipality. It numbers around 900 inhabitants, with fisheries and tourism being the key business activities.