For the perfect start to a Kvarner Gulf holiday, book flights to Rijeka with Ryanair. This breath-taking stretch of Croatian coastline is right between the northern Istrian Peninsula and the Dalmatian coast to the south, and Rijeka couldn’t be in a better position for anyone hoping to go island hopping through Dalmatia. The city itself is a charming place, and well worth spending a little time getting to know – sip coffee, stroll the streets, and see the sights before the islands sweep you away! Book flights to Rijeka today.
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Approximately: 130,000
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Rijeka is a bustling, cosmopolitan town characterised by its fabulous history, its cultural edge and its waterborne leisure and industry activities. Following a renovation in the 1960s, Trsat castle is the centre of the cultural activities in the town. Events include festivals and exhibitions, which are held almost continuously and often involve the many other art galleries, museums, sports centres and exhibition halls found in the city.
The Palac Komuna Reckog

The oldest town hall building in the region, the Palac Komuna Reckog is a glorious Baroque style building and a ’must see’ feature of the town.

​Address: Giovanni Kobler, Palazzo ComunaleSubway: Giovanni Kobler Square
City Clock Tower

Keep an eye out for Rijeka’s landmark tower which, despite being surrounded by building of several storeys in height along the Korzo through fare, still dominates the skyline.

​Address: Korzo
Our Lady of Trsat and Trsat Castle

A church and Franciscan monastery, the Lady of Trsat contains important religious artefacts, and leads the way to Trsat castle perched on a hill overlooking Rijeka.

​Address: Gospa Trsatska and Ulica Zrinsko
Natural History Museum

Founded by natural scientist Dr Josef Roman Lorenz, this museum celebrates geology and the sea, and is the only one of its kind in the Rijeka region.

​Address: 1 Lorenzov Prolaz​Phone: +385 51 553 669​Website: www.prirodoslovni.com
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Located on the top floor of the University Library, the museum has an extensive collection of 19th and 20th century national works, along with anthological pieces of Croatian’s art pioneers.

​Address: Rijeka University, Dolac 1/II​Phone: +385 51 334 280​Website: www.mmsu.hr
Maritime and Historical Museum of Coastal Croatia

The oldest museum in Rijeka founded in the 1870's, it displays important documents relating to Rijeka’s role in Croatia’s maritime history.

​Address: Governor’s Palace, Muzejski Square 1/1​Phone: +385 51 213 578​Website: www.ppmhp.hr
Cathedral of St Vitus

A landmark Baroque building on the Ulica Ivana Zajca thoroughfare, the Cathedral of St Vitus is the church of the patron saint of the city. Its highlights include a 13th century Gothic crucifix.

​Address: Grivica Square
City Museum

Linked to the maritime museum by an arcade, the City Museum is home to a collection of stone statues and monuments from Rijeka’s history.

​Address: Governor’s Palace, Muzejski Square 1/1​Phone: +385 51 336 711​Website: www.muzej-rijeka.hr
Roman Arch

Located near the Cathedral of St Vitus, the Roman arch ruin is believed to have been a gate to the once walled city.

​Address: Grivica Square
Activities & Tours

With its balmy climate and luxuriant vegetation, Kvarner is a place of wonderful memories and unforgettable experiences. The area's well-tended walking paths and fragrant gardens, one-hundred-year-old parks and superb wellness services will help restore your health and energy, allowing you to live life to the full. The Kvarner region is easy to reach from London with direct flights from London Stansted to Rijeka in under two hours.

Attractions

The Kvarner region is the only place in Croatia which has a lungo mare (seaside promenade) that is 12 km long. You can walk all the way from Lovran to Volosko passing the famous Opatija on the way. Some of the best beaches in Croatia are here - mostly white pebbles ones – and there are both long sweeping beaches and small coves. There are 22 sandy bays on the island of Rab (a rarity in Croatia). Kvarner has a world class spa culture - many hotels have superb spas using sea water. Wildlife - the rare Griffon vultures have made their home on the cliffs on the island of Cres and a colony of dolphins has chosen to live in the waters off the island of Losinj.

Events

Rijeka’s carnival – the biggest in Croatia and one of the top European carnivals. There’s a spectacular parade which usually starts on the last Sunday before Shrove Tuesday, this is a huge event with floats and carnival costumes. Small and large festivals in the area always include music, dance and local delicacies. During one of the most famous events in Croatia, the Rabska Fjera summer festival, the entire town of Rab turns into a giant medieval stage with more than 600 of its inhabitants putting on medieval costumes, playing the roles of medieval artisans in anticipation of the magnificent Rab Crossbowmen tournament.

Recommended Links

Visit the Kvarner region - www.kvarner.hr

Rijeka has many restaurants, inns and taverns serving Croatian delicacies as well as European dishes from which to choose. Among the local dishes to look for are buzara, a recipe where scampi is cooked in a tomato, onion and herb sauce, along with oysters, spicy meat stuffed cabbage known as sarma, and paprika flavoured salami (kulen). Desserts include palacinka, a pancake filled with chocolate or nuts.
Bonavia

A menu of local meat and fish dishes is offered at this hotel restaurant in the centre of Rijeka. Grand Hotel Bonavia also offers a fine dining restaurant called Kamov.

​Address: Dolac 4​Phone: +385 51 357 980​Website: www.bonavia.hr
Konoba Feral

The nautical theme of this restaurant is befitting for the menu of fresh fish dishes.

​Address: Matije Gupca 5b​Phone: +385 512 12274​Website: www.konoba-feral.com
Konoba Nebuloza

This centrally located taverna serves a combination of modern and traditional dishes. Enjoy daily fresh fish and seafood or local specialities in a tranquil and rustic atmosphere.

​Address: Titov trg 2b​Phone: +385 51 374 501​Website: www.konobanebuloza.comSubway: Titoy Square
Konoba Tarsa

Tarsa serves traditional food in country-style surroundings. This is a popular restaurant among locals.

​Address: Josipa Kulfaneka 10​Phone: +385 51 452 089​Website: www.konoba-tarsa.net
Gardens Restaurant

Serving beautiful Croatian dishes to reasonable prices, this restaurant has a good reputation and is well-visited.

​Address: Riva 6​Phone: +385 51 311 026​Website: www.restaurant-gardens.com
Food & Drink

Some of Croatia's best restaurants are situated in the Kvarner region – from local konobas to fine dining, featuring all the things that Kvarner is famous for: asparagus, scampi, chestnuts, wild mushrooms, cherries and more... Kvarner has even produced a dedicated gourmet guide that easily fits into your pocket. Look for a Kvarner Gourmet and Kvarner Food quality mark.

There are hundreds of 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.
Hamby

A spacious and bright café that serves some good pancakes, sandwiches and snacks.

​Address: Ante Starcevica 11​Phone: +395 51 330 653
Nad Urom

Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee with a view over Rijeka's rooftops. Nad Urom coffee bar is located on top of the Korso shopping centre and during the weekends there is live music to accompany the beautiful view.

​Address: Trg Ivana Koblera 1​Phone: +385 51 33 338​Website: http://nadurom.com
Celtic Caffe Bard

The Celtic Caffe Bard is located in the centre of the old town. Make your selection from the list of drinks and beers and listen to the Celtic music playing in the background.

​Address: Trg Grivica 6B​Phone: +385 51 215 235​Website: www.caffebard.com
Dolce Bolero

This centrally located café serves excellent cakes and pastries like, as its name reveals, the famous Dolce Bolero cake.

​Address: Bazarigov prolaz 2​Website: www.dolcebolero.hr
Paris

A lively pizzeria that serves a wide range of thin and crusty pizzas and shakes.

​Address: Šetalište Joakima Rakovca 2a​Phone: +385 51 219 183
Rijeka has a lively urban culture that attracts many young Croatians to its bar-come-nightclubs. Evening entertainment can also be found in its casinos, restaurants and at venues that host theatre, musicals and cultural events.
River Pub

Popular with young residents of the Rijeka, the River Pub is atmospheric with a wide range of drinks and light snacks.

​Address: Frana Supila 12​Phone: +385 51 213 406
Phanas Pub

Bright, lively and located right near the waterside, Phanas is popular with the trendy young people of the town.

​Address: Ivana Zajca 9​Phone: +385 99 229 3964​Website: www.phanas.hr
Club Nina 2

This club, located on a boat, gives you the chance to dance at the stern and chill-out at the bow. A place to party all night long.

​Address: Adamićev gat​Phone: +385 915 317 879​Website: www.nina2.com
Club La Noche

At Club La Noche you can dance to electro, house and techno music played by famous DJ's. It is mostly populated in the weekends when it becomes crowded by guests from both Rijeka and Opatija.

​Address: Preluk bb​Phone: +385 95 847 6135​Website: lanoche.com.hr
Club Boa

In the centre of Rijeka this exclusive bar and club offers entertaining DJ's during the nights and a cool place to have a coffee during the days.

​Address: Ante Starčevića 8 ​Website: www.clubboa.com
Nightlife

There are many festivals in the Kvarner region. Some of these are: Festival Kvarner which brings international performers of classical music and opera to the glittering Crystal Hall in Opatija in September, the Marunada Chestnut Festival which brings delicious treats and celebrations to Lovran and surrounding villages in October. On the island of Krk, the Days of Olives and Honey at Punat in October has visitors helping in the olive harvest (if they wish) and also in October, up in the majestic Gorski Kotar mountain foothills there’s a Pumpkin Celebration at Vrbovsko.

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. Its central market is open daily until 14.00, while on Sunday it’s open until 12.00 and the Brajda market until 18.00. Rijeka also has some sophisticated shopping centres, especially around the pedestrianised Korzo and the Riva thoroughfare in the centre of the town. Both attract trendy local buyers as well as visitors to the city.
Shopping

If you cannot imagine visiting a new place and not spending some money at the local shops, you can choose from the authentic experience of the “town belly” – Rijeka’s main market as well as the numerous shops and the largest commercial store in this part of Croatia (Tower Center Rijeka). Look out for more info on where to shop in Rijeka on http://www.tz-rijeka.hr/en/Home.aspx?PageID=31.

Rijeka Airport

Rijeka’s international airport is on the island of Krk, 30km from the city centre and served by taxis stationed outside, buses and car hire companies.

​Address: Hamec 1, 51513 Omišalj​Phone: +385 51 842 040​More info: www.rijeka-airport.hr
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