Lovran is located on the eastern coast of Istria, in the Bay
of Kvarner. It is quartered at the foot of the greenest and
most vegetation-rich mountain in the Adriatic, Mt Učka.
It is some 19 km distant from Croatia’s major port, Rijeka,
14 km from Matulji railway station, and 80 km from Pula
Airport. It is ringed by high mountains to the north and
west (Učka 1396 m, Snježnik 1605 m, Risnjak 1528 m), and to
the south by the islands of Krk and Cres. Its position gives
it exceptional protection from the winds. In the winter the
most common wind is the bora, which blows from the north
east, bringing clear, cold weather. The south wind, the
sirocco, brings rain and humidity, while in summer the
maestral from off the water brings a freshness that
mitigates the humidity and heat.
climate is classified as Mediterranean, with continental
elements. The mean winter air temperature is 7°C, and the
summer 22°C. The annual mean is 13.3°C. Sea temperatures
range from a low of 9°C in the winter to a high of 26°C in
August. Lovran has 2,230 hours of sun a year, and the
average precipitation is 1,500 litres per square metre.
particular microclimatic conditions have provided the
conditions for Mediterranean vegetation and plants to
flourish. Thus by the very shore there is an abundance of
laurels, palms, magnolias, various kinds of evergreen
shrubs, pubescent oak, pines and cypresses. Above Lovran, in
the terraced gardens, cherries, grape vines and olives are
very successful. In the deep, leached and acidic soils,
forests of sweet chestnuts grow marvellously, producing the
marrons Lovran is famed for. At heights above 800 metres
grow beech, pine and holm oak forests. This abundance of
vegetation and the high concentration of salt in the air
(37.8 ‰) have resulted in the presence of a rich plant and
marine aerosol in the air.
All these things make the climate of Lovran highly
invigorating, and very favourable for health.