Rijeka has a rich history, it was once a very important sea port for the Austro-Hungarian empire but is now the third largest city in Croatia and so much of its heritage has been renovated. The city has taken on a huge task of transforming much of the old Rijeka into a fascinating, vibrant, safe and well-connected place for tourists; in fact it has been so successful Rijeka is the 2020 European Capital of Culture.
Take a walk along the Korzo (main promenade) and look out for the city clock tower; from here you can visit many of Rijeka's main sights. These include the Roman Arch, the cathedral of St Vitus and many museums, galleries and churches. Rijeka is a bustling city, there is always something going on and from one of cafe or restaurant tables along the Korzo you can watch with interest and joy. Along this street and the intersecting small lanes there is an excellent range of shops - books, jewellers, souvenirs and galleries. As well as some great sea food (including the famous Kvarner king prawns) there is also fabulous local wine
If you visit Rijeka in the winter try to catch the carnival festivities, in the early summer (12th-15th June) is the festival of St Vitis and sailing regatta and throughout the summer many cultural events take place in the city.
On the hill overlooking Rijeka is the castle of Trsat (the name of the hill) and the sanctuary of the "Mother of God" (13th Century) offer an unforgettable view over the Gulf of Kvarner. The castle was the home of a branch of the Hapsburg family and in the summer is home to many cultural events.
Rijeka is a perfect base for visiting nearby places both urban and rural - the Risnjak and Velebit national parks are within easy reach for a day's activities; Opatija and much of Istria's historic coastal towns and mountain villages are also ideal day trips. Other places of interest include Kastav with its well-preserved mediaeval centre, Kraljevica with two castles, the unspoilt natural beauty of Gorski Kotar and Kostrena with its rich maritime heritage. There are also good connections to some of the islands of the Adriatic, Krk via a road bridge, Cres and Losinj by catamaran ferry services.
* staying for 2 days or more then consider getting a "RIJEKA CARD".
Where to stay
The Hotel Continental is the oldest hotel in Rijeka and was completely renovated in 2008/9 to a delightful 3* hotel right in the centre.