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Rijeka

Rijeka

Welcome to the city that flows! Rijeka is a port city and a center of the county Primorje - Gorski Kotar. The city lies on numerous watercourses, springs of water and the eighteen-kilometer long Riječina River.


Its rich industrial history has now turned towards culture. Today, Rijeka is a proud European capital of culture for the year 2020 with the motto "Rijeka 2020 - Port of Diversity." On February 1, 2020 more than 30,000 people attended the central opening ceremony which was held in Rijeka's Port and featured an authentic urban Opera Industriale.

It is a city well-positioned in the Kvarner bay, bordering the Učka National Park. Rijeka is spread across grassy hills and the city center is near the Riva and the main port.

Rijeka has been the main port of the region since the 19th century. Today it is one of the top 100 ports of the world. The Bay of Rijeka is deep enough (about 49 m) to accommodate large commercial ships. The city's economy largely depends on shipbuilding and worldwide maritime transport.

Rijeka is home to the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc, first built in 1765, as well as the University of Rijeka, a modern European university that is a center of excellence whose impact extends far beyond the region.

Apart from Croatian and Italian, linguistically the city is home to its own unique dialect of the Venetian language, Fiuman, with an estimated 20,000 speakers among the Italians, Croats, and other minorities.

The symbol of Rijeka is Morčić- jewelry worn by seafarers as a protection against misfortune and sea distress.

What to experience and see in Rijeka:

  • Enjoy the international carnival procession on the 19th of February, when more than a hundred carnival groups from Croatia walk the Korzo singing, dancing, and showing off their costumes.
  • Walk the docks of Rijeka port.
  • Walk across the city center’s main street Korzo and visit local shops and bars.
  • Experience the busy cultural agenda of Rijeka the Capital of Culture.
  • Visit the History museum.
  • Stroll through Trsat Park, made in the period between the two World Wars. It is known for its indigenous plants and for respecting the natural rocky landscape, as well as for the old cemetery.
  • Visit the glorious Trsat Castle at the top of the city, which dates back to ancient times when it was just a watchtower.
  • Stop by the nearby Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, one of the oldest in Croatia, that in June 2003 was visited by Pope John Paul II. The shrine and the Franciscan Monastery are also connected with Rijeka’s city center with Petar Kružić’s Steps. There are a total of 561 steps for an enjoyable walk from the city center to Trsat.
  • Visit the main City Market place chosen by the people of Rijeka as the best place to dine since the 19th century. It developed next to the seashore, near the wooden pier where the local fishermen used to unload their catch.
  • Decorate yourself with a Morčić head. For hundreds of years, goldsmiths from the city of Rijeka have been making jewelry called Morčić, with a head of an African black man wearing a white turban.
  • Visit Fiorello La Guardia, the consular office in the city center on the Korz. La Guardia was one of the most famous mayors of New York City. He was also half Croatian and spent some time in Rijeka, Croatia.
  • See the life jacket from The Titanic that belonged to the sailor Josip Car. Car, who was from Rijeka, worked on the Carpathia ship which assisted in the rescue of the Titanic. This is one of the five exemplars in the world and the only one in Europe at the Maritime Museum of Rijeka.

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