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The principal seaport of Croatia and a major industrial town, Rijeka is not a typical tourist destination. Nevertheless, Rijeka has its share of visitors, largely due to its rich and sometimes turbulent past which has left traces in the streets and facades but also on the mentality of its people.

Rijeka is the host of the biggest carnival in Europe!

You can find here the remains of the Roman Tarsatica (new finds are being discovered all the time), elements of the medieval Trsat, town centre built in the classical style of the Viennese Ring...

Rijeka has one of the oldest communal cemeteries in Europe, full of valuable monuments, a rich industrial heritage, preserved in the city's museums, historical collections and a series of entertainment and cultural events that keep the visitors busy all year round.

Rijeka is also an important religious destination because of the well-known Sanctuary of the Madonna of Trsat.

Accommodation: Hotels, private rooms, hostels, campsites.

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Natural sights

Rječina River canyon and its spring, Učka Nature Park, a mountain range behind the city, arboretum Veli vrh, Grobničko polje...

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Heritage, Wine, Food

Remains of the Roman Tarsatica (Roman Arch, discoveries in town), a leaning tower, Sanctuary of the Madonna of Trsat, Trsat citadel, the Governor's palace (today a museum), the city's tower, the Church of St. Vitus (cathedral) and the Parish Church of Assumption, a secessionist market place with unique palaces in the 'new town', and an industrial architectural heritage.

Rijeka may not be a culinary center as such, but its restaurants and hotels offer top cuisine and some of Croatia’s best wines.

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Entertainment, Recreation, Excursions

Theatres, concerts, Rijeka Carnival, Summer Cultural Festival, important national and international cultural events, numerous cafes, pubs, taverns and night clubs. Horseback riding, skiing (Platak resort, 25km), sailing, mountain climbing, walking and cycling paths.

Excursions to Opatija, Kastav, Učka, Crikvenica, Bakar, Krk, Cres and Platak.

 

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