Rijeka is the biggest Croatia port, and is also an important European port due to good traffic connections with the hinterland, modern port facilities and strong naval and commercial tradition. The development of the town increased by the construction of the road to Karlovac and the railvay connections to Vienna and Budapest in the 19th century. Today Rijeka is an inportant commercial and naval centre with developed industry (shipbuilding, oil raffinerie, diesel engines, ship cranes, ship equipment, paper, etc.) and it is also a cultural and artistic centre with a large number of cultural and educational instituions and schools.
It is a town and the oldest Croatian port, situated on the coast of the Kvarner bay, the main link between the maritime and continental traffic systems, with powerful industry, a transit centre with a large share of the coastal tourist traffic. Rijeka was pronounced a free port in 1719.
The old part of town is specific for its streets with characteristics of late baroque, historicism and secession. It abounds in cultural-historical monuments: the arch of glory form the 1st century AD, the municipal tower with clock form the 15th century, the old municipal town hall from the 15th century, the Trsat fortress from the 13th century, the church of St. Mary of Loretto from the 15th century.
The tourist image of the city is determined by Rijeka’s position in the inlet of the Adriatic the Gulf of Kvarner. This position is enhanced by natural features, historical and cultural values, and the Mediterranean climate. Rijeka is a city that has a rich and turbulent past.
It is also shaped by its maritime traditions, its function as a centre for transportation and the entrepot trade and a fair city. It is the administrative, commercial, business, academic and cultural centre of the whole of the Kvarner region. With its World Trade Center and the Adriatic’s biggest port, Rijeka is a place where numerous business contacts with the whole world are made.
Rijeka has the coast’s most important tourist and maritime terminal, a ferry and shipping port that is the starting point for all the lines that run down the Adriatic coast and to the islands, for both cars and passengers.
People come into Rijeka by land, sea and air. In order to get to know Rijeka, you have to take a stroll down the Korzo, the well known pedestrian street in the centre of Rijeka, go underneath the City Tower, the symbol of the city, climb up to the romantic walls of Trsat and visit Our Lady of Trsat, one of the oldest shrines in the world.
Discover a city of history, culture and crazy fun! Walk the central town squares, Korzo, visit the Old Town, the Shrine to Majka Božja [Mother of God] on Trsat, and in the evening, visit the theatre, stop in one of the top restaurants and then finish the evening dancing to rhythms in one of the many clubs that guarantee a great night out...
The most recognisable image of Rijeka is surely Trsat, a medieval fortified town built by the Croatian Frankopan princes and the famous Marian shrine.
One of the largest Central European ports and until recently a powerful industrial centre, Rijeka provides many opportunities. Whatever you choose, you will be convinced: This city has an attractive tourist face. Famous for its many cultural and entertainment events such as the Rijeka Summer Nights, where musical-theatrical events are held throughout the city.
Rijeka carnival is one of the five largest carnivals in the world, where the interesting combination of old Slavic traditions and the urban carnival is similar to that in Venice. If you like the sea and boats, try out Fiumanka, an open style regatta. Or just walk down the city's waterfront, enjoy the architecture of the old palaces (Wohinz, Adria...), find peace in a beautiful sacred building (the Cathedral of sv. Vid), go back in time in one of the museums...