Culture and Gastronomy in Mošćenička Draga

Many historical captains and sailors come from tis area which is visible from the votive paintings that can be find in some churches of Brseč and Mošćenice.

At the bottom of the canyon of Mošćenička Draga lies the Church of St.Peter according to which the entire settlement was named. In the church you can see a stoup from 1573 with the glagolitic inscription. However, this is not the only place where we can find the glagolitic alphabet, the inscriptions in glagolitic are also visible on many buildings of Mošćenice and Brseč.

Only 2 km from Brseč, in the village Zagore, the academic sculptor Ljubo de Karina opened a gallery-studio where the visitors can see some oh his sculptures. A large part of his work can be seen not only in the public places of Croatia but also abroad (Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Japan).

The gastronomic specialty of this region which is definitely a must try is the Kvarner shrimp. It can be found on the menus of almost all seafood restaurants of the region, and in most cases are offered fresh. There are plenty of different ways of preparation, but whichever way you choose you will not be disappointed, and you will want to try them all. Almost every food is prepared on extremely healthy olive oil.

In the spring days we recommend you wild asparagus prepared in different ways, while in the autumn you will be able to taste chestnut pastries.

Tourist Board of Mošćenička Draga

The number of the local population of the municipality of Mošćenička Draga is around 1500 inhabitants, while during the season the capacity exceeds the number of 2500 visitors. The accommodation can be found at private renters, hotels and holiday homes, usually restored ancient houses located on the plains. Also, right next to the sea, you can find accommodation in one of the luxurious villas. It is important to remember the ancient Villa Istra which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. It was renovated a few years ago and is only 10 minute walk from the center of Mošćenička Draga. From the large terrace of the villa you can enjoy in a spectacular view of the city of Rijeka, the islands of Krk, Cres and the whole Kvarner Bay. Camping enthusiasts will be thrilled by the fact that 150 m from the centre of Mošćenička Draga is located Autocamp Draga and several smaller campsites.

The seat of the tourist community is located at the bus stop in Mošćenička Draga, where you can get all the necessary information related to your stay. In the center there is a tourist agency Annalinea, and at the crossroads there is Info center where you can also ask any question.

Holiday and Vacation in Mošćenička Draga

Many people at the mention of Mošćenička Draga immediately visualize in their minds a long pebble beach stretching across the center. This beach, a symbol of the city, is called Sipar and is considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful beaches of the Opatija Riviera. If we start our waterfront walk south we will find a series of charming ancient villas which some of them are more than 100 years old. We can also see a monument erected for the partisan army that in 1945 liberated Mošćenička Draga and continued with the liberation of the Croatian coast. Now we reached the beach of St.John, and in the vicinity there is also a nudist beach called FKK Senjavac.

On the way from Mošćenička Draga to Brseč there are 2 beaches Jelenščica and Uboka, and right next to Brseč in a cove protected by cliffy rocks you can find a real gem, the pebble beach Klančec. The coast of Brseč is full of small sandy and deserted coves unfortunately reachable only by boat.

History lovers and adventurers should not miss the mythical historical path Trebišće. The route is about 15 km long and historically the most interesting part is the territory between the villages of Trebišća and Perun, for which the researchers believe inhabited the first Slavic immigrants on the Kvarner. Here the visitors can get acquainted with the history of the old Slavs, their customs and beliefs.

Sports and nature lovers will enjoy the famous race Učka Trail which is held every year and is part of the Kvarner Trail series. This is a trail running contest but also a journey through the protected areas of Učka Nature Park with a wonderful view of the Kvarner Bay and the islands, as well as the continental part of Istra.

If we start our waterfront walk south we will find a series of charming ancient villas which some of them are more than 100 years old. It is important to remember the ancient Villa Istra which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.

About Mošćenička Draga

Mošćenička Draga is a small fishing village in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County which has developed into a popular tourist destination. It is located only 15 km from Opatija, and it was built in the 19th century at the foot of the hill where is situated a medieval fortified town Mošćenice thanks to which the village received its name. The residents of Mošćenice and the surrounding villages moved down to the coast in order to be able to deal with fishing and in this way a small fishing port was created. Mošćenička Draga has the status of a municipality and consists in 14 other villages among which the most attractive tourist destinations are the medieval town of Brseč and already mentioned Mošćenice which are preserved with many passages, narrow streets and high walls thanks to which the visitor can return, at least with the mind, in the far past.

In Brseč, visitors can see an old olive mill, a large number of town houses dating back to the 17th century, as well as many churches such as the Parish church of St. George, the Church of the Holy Cross, the Church of St. Magdalene, the Church of St. Stephen situated on the local cemetery and many other sacral objects. The city walls, fortresses and church bell towers are much older, dating back to the early middle ages. Brseč is the birthplace of Eugen Kumičić, famous croatian writer and politician whose bust is located at the entrance to the old town, and his birth house has been transformed into a gallery and a library opened to visitors.

From the city walls of Mošćenice you can enjoy in a magnificent view of Kvarner Bay with its islands of Krk and Cres, and the city itself is characterized by a distant past which is visible from numerous archaelogical sites present in the territory. There is only one entry into the city (through the city gate), while the rest of the city is surrounded by a steep slope. To get a clearer idea of how the prehistoric inhabitant lived, along with the olive oil mill it is worth to visit the etnographic collection located at the very entrance to the city. In the main square you have to visit the Parish church of St.Andrew the Apostle with the massive bell tower from the 13th century.

The area of the municipality of Mošćenička Draga includes 7 pebble beaches that are among the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, and the territory of the municipality is largely covered by a hilly area of Učka Nature Park. This allows nature lovers to enjoy walking and hiking along the sea and experience the charm of clean air and untouched nature.