A Croatian surprise

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Interesting architecture where elegant Habsburg building nudge those of the Socialist high-rise era.
As has happened with many former working ports, Rijeka has reinvented itself reviving it’s thriving musical heritage (from opera to blues with lots in between), transforming  former sugar and paper factories into world-class museums  - and adding serious shopping opportunities and a superb gastronomic offering.

Rijeka surprises many visitors. The Art deco fish market is suddenly recognised from films and TV series as is Rijeka’s very own “leaning tower”, the cafe society is head-turning (looking good over great coffee is a serious pastime) and an amazing series of events for European Capital of Culture 2020 simply adds to be edgy, cool feel.

Barely 20 minutes away is the stylish Opatija with famous Opatija herself , the longest seaside promenade in Croatia (the lungomare is 12 kilometres long), stunning Secessionist villas, concerts, festivals, Croatia’ s first chocolate museum and an impressive spa culture – plus some beautiful, hidden little coves.

In short

  • An eclectic city which feels part Italian, part Hungarian, part Croatian (history speaks and Rijeka was once located in these countries when the region belonged to each of them)
  • Excellent catamaran service connecting Rijeka with the islands of Cres, Rab, Losinj, Pag.
  • Fantastic series of events in 2020 including “ballet on the port” and the opening of “Galeb” (December) after renovation (Tito’s former ship which is being converted to a restaurant and museum)
  • Excellent choice of wine bars, restaurants including places serving “merende” a kind of local brunch usually taken from 11am
  • Imposing Trsat castle on the hill above the city with musical and theatrical performances
  • Rijeka’s National Theatre and Opera house looks as if it was plucked from Vienna and an opera ticket can cost as little as £12
  • Superb shopping both local boutique shops and big stores with international brands (usually at prices 30% less than UK)
  • Home to the world’s first torpedo and a lifejacket saved from the Titanic
  • Combine a short city break with a beach holiday within a short drive
  • Perfect for couples and groups of friends