Rijeka is in an exceptional location, at the point where the Adriatic Sea washes over the European coast furthest inland, and that is why the rich history of this city is tied to the sea. Rijeka is the third largest town in the Republic of Croatia, and is the main town of Primorsko-Goranska County. Because of its openness towards the outside world, the city is known for its hospitality. The influences of numerous cultures and nations can be seen in the town, and Rijeka has to this day remained a town of tolerance and coexistence.

The City

The town of Rijeka can trace its roots back to prehistoric times, through various centuries of conflicts, ruling dynasties and countries, and periods of architecture change. Today, many buildings from these periods can be found, especially around the Korzo and the Riva street in the heart of the town. It 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.

Top 10

A quick overview of ten Rijeka's highlights you shouldn’t miss.



Rijeka 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 is a bustling, cosmopolitan town characterised by its vivid history, its cultural edge and its waterborne leisure. Check out what Rijeka's history, culture, heritage, nature have to offer… what is worth a visit while you're here and what you will remember Rijeka by.


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 this 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.

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