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RijekaStraddling the Adriatic Sea where it plunges deepest into Europe, Rijeka boasts a rich maritime history. Croatia's third largest city and the heart of Primorsko-Goranska County, its charm lies in its hospitable spirit and diverse cultural heritage. As you amble along the Habsburg-era Korzo promenade, peek into the 19th-century National Theatre, graced with Klimt's artwork. Soak up the sweeping views of Kvarner Bay's islands from Trsat Castle. A cosmopolitan harbour of coexistence, welcome to Rijeka.
The CityThe town of Rijeka can trace its roots back to prehistoric times, through various centuries of conflicts, ruling dynasties and countries, and periods of architectural change. Today, many buildings from these periods can be found, especially around Korzo and Riva street in the heart of the town. Rijeka was known as Tarsattica city in Roman times, St Vito's Reka in the 17th century, and, as Rijeka when it became a free port in 1719. During this time the city’s prosperity as a centre for industry and shipping grew. In the 19th century, it became the eighth largest port in Europe. In 1970 Rijeka opened its first airport on the island of Krk, and its tourism, business sector and university flourished.
AccommodationsRijeka offers several different kinds of accommodation. In addition to city hotels and hostels there is also a choice of staying in several private villas or apartments around the city.
Do & See
Rijeka pulsates with life — it's a cosmopolitan hub, steeped in vibrant history, alive with cultural buzz, and blessed with enticing water-based leisure. This dynamic city never fails to charm.
Situated where the Mediterranean deeply indents the European continent, Rijeka boasts an exceptional geostrategic position, which is why many wanted and tried to conquer it. Rijeka’s and Opatija’s turbulent history has weaved into the local cuisine with recognisable influences — those Austrian, Italian, even French. Try some of thess delicacies in various restaurants and experience the relaxed atmosphere of Rijeka’s and Opatija’s taverns.
There are hundreds of bars and cafés across the town of Rijeka, and it is easy to find a place to sit down and sip a cup of coffee or enjoy a glass of wine in the bustling city.
Bars & Nightlife
There are numerous bars and cafes across the town of Rijeka and it is easy to find a place to sit down and sip a cup of coffee or enjoy a glass of wine in the bustling city. Choose your location and watch the city run next to you and in the evening find your place for fun in one of the many clubs in the city — Rijeka has a lively urban culture that attracts many young people to its bar-come-nightclubs.
Rijeka has an eclectic mix of specialist little shops where everything from jewellery and haute couture fashions to antiques, items for the home and crafts such as locally made ceramics and paintings can be found. It has lively markets selling household goods, clothing and hardware items, along with fresh local cheeses, hams, fruit and vegetables that are a magnet for local residents who like to catch up with friends as well as shop. Rijeka also has few shopping centres, especially around the pedestrianised Korzo and two large shopping malls on both sides of the city. All of them attract trendy local buyers as well as visitors to the city.