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Create your own mosaic of experiences

Do you love the dynamic life of a unique city and what it offers in terms of entertainment
and culture? Or would you prefer beautiful beaches, greenery, tradition, nature, sometimes
crowds and sometimes solitude? If you want all of that at once, you have already made your
choice – Rijeka. The rich and diverse surrounding area provides you with the opportunity to
escape into tradition, romance, pristine flavours or adrenaline sports. Truly, a unique mosaic!

Welcome to Rijeka

In the centre of the city, at the ever vibrant Korzo, in the small streets of the old city core, before monuments that are testimonies of centuries past, or in the silence of Trsat, the oldest Croatian Shrine of Our Lady – Rijeka and its surrounding area have lived many lives, worn many faces and shown its many sides.
Rijeka’s calendar is filled with events throughout the entire year so its guests, no matter the time of their arrival, will find numerous interesting and attractive things to do; be it music, theatre, art, etc. Performances for all, as well as urban clubs for the young that offers the entertainment they like it.
If there is one event out of the numerous that should be emphasised, it is most surely the International Rijeka Carnival that was placed by the Sunday Times at the top of the world’s most attractive events.
Although Rijeka has a rich history, it is not limited by it. Rijeka vibrates with the dynamic rhythm of everyday life. And when in most cities the lights go down and silence settles in, Rijeka keeps on with its intense life in its coffee bars and restaurants with a superb gastronomic offer as well as clubs where the fun for the young lasts until the small hours of the morning.

CITY MARKET

No supermarket can replace the charm of the personal contact with the vendor of and the excitement of the unpredictable purchase at the main Rijeka market – Placa. The main City Market has been the 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 and take it in baskets to the market to sell. Venetian sculptor Urban Bottasso placed around the pillars and on the façade a vast sea world so stone crabs, octopuses, fish and seashells have a lifelike effect, calling for passers-by to enter the fish market and find there something for their dining table.

OLD TOWN

Upon passing below the City Tower, a walk-through tower of the former main city gate and the entrance to the medieval Rijeka from the coast, you will arrive in the Old Town of Rijeka.

TRSAT CASTLE

The Trsat Castle represents a strategically embossed lookout on a hill 138 meters above sea level dominating Rijeka. The Trsat Castle is one of the oldest fortifications on the Croatian coast which preserves the features of the early medieval town construction. Today the Trsat Castle has been enriched by new facilities and events – visual arts gallery, open-air summer concerts and theatre performances as well as fashion shows and literary evenings. Within the Trsat Castle you’ll find the Trsat Castle Info Point where you can get any information about this building and the City of Rijeka.

KORZO

Rijeka is reflected in Korzo, at Korzo you can read Rijeka. Anyone who, at least once, had a coffee at one of the terraces of numerous and picturesque café bars lined along this unusual promenade, would agree. Korzo is the place where you can hear the typical rhythm of Rijeka’s steps which, regardless of the time of day, echo through this main Rijeka’s street. Thousands of sounds are merging here. And the smells… That of the morning coffee, delicious pizza or seafood coming from some of the numerous restaurants located close to Korzo. And the evening smell, imbued with a “youthful touch” , the touch of going out and having a good time. That of the morning coffee, delicious pizza or seafood coming from some of the numerous restaurants located close to Korzo. And while the neighborhoods at the edge of the city are in deep sleep, Korzo does not need sleep. Every part of it lives its life to the fullestand has been doing so for centuries.

THE MARITIME AND HISTORY MUSEUM OF THE CROATIAN LITTORAL RIJEKA

The museum is headquartered in the former Governor’s Palace, a historicist edifice and protected cultural monument. Today, the palace houses the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, which was established in 1961 and comprises maritime, historical and cultural, ethnographic and archaeological departments. Some of the original items from the Governor’s Palace, such as furniture and artisan craft-work, have been preserved and exhibited in salons on the first floor. The permanent exhibition of the museum provides an interactive and modern platform for showcasing the long, rich and tumultuous history and culture of living in the area of what is today PrimorjeGorski Kotar County from prehistoric times to the present day.

RIJEKA'S BEACHES

Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, the bathing season in Rijeka begins in spring and lasts until late autumn. Two Rijeka beaches, Ploče and Kostanj are the proud owners of Blue Flags, the finest proof of the cleanliness of Rijeka’s sea. The sea is clean and blue, the sun is drawn here and the beaches are numerous, diverse, large and noisy, small and secluded, pebbly, concrete, rocky, hidden. Nameless beaches can be found here together with hidden bays and beaches for those who prefer being in a more secluded area.

RIJEKA CARNIVAL

Carnival customs with processions and dance have been fostered for more than a century. The Carnival in a form of processions as nowadays has been organised since 1982. At present more than 100 carnival groups take part in the Rijeka Carneval . The procession can be watched on TV, and streamed over the internet, thus presenting the Rijeka Carnival to the whole world. Since 1995 Rijeka has been a member of the Federation of European Carnival Cities (FECC), and the Rijeka Carnival is included in the list of 500 most important events in Europe – Top 500 European Events.
Within the Rijeka Carnival the following events are organised: carnival processions, carnival feasts, the election of the Rijeka Carnival queen, the carnival charity ball, carnival concerts, carnival exhibitions, carnival sports and children’s carnivals games. The costumed processions that walk through downtown Rijeka on the last Sunday before Ash Friday, represent the carnival’s highlight. Traditionally at the end of the procession there are bell ringers from Halubje who have been taking part in the Rijeka Carnival from the very beginning.
Groups from all over Croatia and from abroad take part in the carnival. The motives presented by the groups range from traditional to modern ones, and very often their themes mock the actual political situation. The parades walk in a circle starting from the waterfront (Putnička obala), across the Delta zone, to end on Korzo.
The organiser of the Rijeka Carnival is the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka.