Rijeka is the largest city in the Kvarner Riviera, Croatia and the country’s third largest city overall. This port city is often overlooked by tourists heading to more popular holiday destinations such as Dubrovnik or Split. Yet there’s plenty to discover in this intriguing city for those who choose to spend some time here. Rijeka has a long and fascinating history which is evident throughout the city, particularly along the Korzo Street which is home to numerous historical sites and buildings, including the City Tower and Roman Arch. The surrounding area of the city is absolutely stunning, with impressive mountains overlooking the Kvarner Bay.
A small family car would prove to be fuel-efficient for driving long distances and ideal for navigating urban centres and parking in small spaces, which are a common feature in Rijeka.
Driving in Rijeka
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Important things to note
Most of the city’s attractions are accessible on foot. Very few roads in and around the city are accessible via car. The Korzo strip is pedestrianized and vehicles are strictly prohibited.
Exercise caution while driving at night. Roads in more rural areas tend to be poorly lit and other minor roads are entirely unlit at night.
Local drivers are known to overtake unexpectedly, particularly in slow moving traffic. Exercise caution whilst overtaking.
Highlights & Hotspots
The City Tower, situated on the Korzo strip, is an impressive historical building which survived the earthquake in 1750. Admire the stunning architecture of the building and the tower’s four clocks. This intriguing, baroque building is noticeable from its distinctive yellow colour.
Rijeka is home to many intriguing museums such as the Rijeka City Museum, which has a varied fine art collection and several artefacts from World War Two and the Croatian War of Independence. The Peek & Poke Museum, in central Rijeka, has a large exhibition of computers from all over the globe.
Take a trip to the fantastic Astronomical Centre Rijeka, and learn about the stars. A visit to this modern observatory and planetarium is a must for all visitors, especially families who will love learning the fascinating history of the stars and planets. This exciting attraction boasts impressive views of both the city and the bay.
Situated on a hill over-looking Rijeka, Trsat Castle is one of the oldest forts in Croatia. There’s also a small gallery nearby with a range of exhibits which change throughout the year. During the summer months, Trsat Castle hosts numerous live performances such as theatre and concerts.
Rijeka Airport is located approximately 16 miles from the centre of Rijeka and is accessible via the E65 motorway.
The airport is a major terminal for flights coming into northern Croatia and southern Slovenia. Destinations served include those in northern Europe, mostly by low-cost airlines.