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Rijeka

Country
Croatia
State
Slavonia
City
Rijeka
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

Rieika is a port city and transportation hub with refineries and heavy industries. It does not promote itself as a tourist destination. There is no beach and visitors will not find a vast array of hotels and resorts. Most people looking for a resort town head to nearby Opatija. Despite this there are some interesting attractions in Rijeka that are worth exploring. Rijeka's location is such that many people end up transiting through the city and it may be worth spending a morning or afternoon walking through the old city. A major earthquake struck the city in 1750 and much of the town was rebuilt at that time.

Rijeka is well known for it's annual Carnival, which is the largest carnival in Croatia.



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How to Reach

By Plane

Zracna luka Rijeka - Rijeka airport  is situated on the nearby island of Krk, around 17 km from the railway station in Rijeka.

By Train

Rijeka has been an important railhead since its early days as one of the major ports of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and is connected with direct services to other major cities in Croatia (Zagreb, Osijek) as well as twice daily services to Ljubljana in Slovenia, and one train via Zagreb each day to Budapest. Services to Pula by train are possible, though as the two cities are not connected in Croatia by rail (the connection is now in Slovenia), a designated bus is timed to take you that part of the journey.

By Bus

Rijeka is connected by bus with bigger cities in Croatia, Slovenia and elsewhere in Europe. The busy bus terminal is in the city centre at the foot of the imposing Capuchin church, on Trg Zabica. You can find good information on timetable and fares at the Autotrans office (which also sells tickets), at Zabica 1 or by telephone +385 (0)60 30-20-10. Timetable is also available on the company's website.There is a left-luggage office next to the newspaper and cigarette stand, open from 5:30AM till 10:30PM (the latest of all the transport modes in Rijeka). Luggage safekeeping is charged 9 kn.

By Ship

As one of the largest ports of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and the largest port in Croatia, ships play an important role in the life of Rijeka.

Of best use to travellers from Rijeka is the Jadrolinija  ferry service. The state-owned company operates small vessels to the nearby islands, as well as large car-carrying ferries down the Adriatic Coast to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik before travelling to Bari in Italy. Ferries operate the year round, and are more frequent in the summer months. The passenger terminal is in the city center, and on the waterfront just near the Jadrolinija office building (where one buys tickets on the ground floor) is a left-luggage office.

Key places to visit
Risnjak National Park, Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, City Tower, Bakar, Cathedral of St Vitus / St Vito


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Places to Visit

Risnjak National Park

Crowned by the craggy peak of Veliki Risnjak at 1528m / 5012ft Risnjak National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The park is heavily forested and has over 20 different plant species and interesting karst geology.

One of the Risnjak National Parks best known trails is the Leska Trail. The Leska trail is not considered to be difficult and takes the average hiker approximately two hours to complete. The trail created in 1995 is has 12 separate ares of interest signposted in English and Croatian. Another trail leads to the summit of Veliki Risnjak and is a challenging 3 hour trek.

Named for the lynx that inhabit the area the park has a wide variety of fauna ranging from large animals like bears and deer to over 50 varieties of birds.

Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

Built in the early 1900s on the 50th anniversary of the miracle of Lourdes, the Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (Kapucinska Crkva), is one of the town's self proclaimed highlights. It is the main feature on many Rijeka postcards and promotional material. The Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes was designed by Budinic, although the project ran into financial problems and was stalled for years. Donations were raised to complete the church. It has a neo-gothic façade with ornate detail and the interior boasts frescoes by Romulo Venucci, a local Croatian artist.

City Tower

Built into and along side the surrounding buildings, the City Tower (Gradski Toranj) in Rijeka was originally a part of one of the main gates leading into the city. The gate survived the 1750 earthquake relatively intact and the tower was erected following that event. The clock in the City Tower was also added during the late 18th Century, and followed shortly thereafter by the dome in 1890 when the tower underwent a reconstruction. The tower is adorned with coats of arms and is located on the Korzo, which is a main pedestrian street in Rijeka.

Cathedral of St Vitus / St Vito

The Cathedral of St Vitus (Katedrala Sv Vida), formerly the Church of St Vitus, is a Baroque structure based on a round floor plan. The original design, which was built on top of an even older structure, was created by Giacomo Briano, a Jesuit architect. The project took over a hundred years to complete. It was finished in 1744. Legend has it that someone threw a rock at a crucifix hanging in the church and the image of Christ began to bleed. Although, this theory is challenged by many skeptics even within the town. The Cathedral of St Vitus contains Baroque altars, and of course the 13th Century miraculous crucifix.

Bakar

The small town of Bakar, just east of Rijeka, fell out of favor with tourists when a number of industrial plants opened in the area. Since those industries have left, the town has once again been attracting visitors. There are a number of small attractions in Bakar, which are worth seeing.

Bakar is divided into two sections, Grad and Primorje Grad is the old town and Primorje is the new town located along the coast. In Grad is the triangular shaped Frankopan Castle, which dates to the 15th Century and is still in good condition. Also of interest, the Bakar Civic Museum contains stonework from the Roman era and Middle Ages. The local church has some notable religious art and a 14th Century Crucifix.

Right Time to Visit

April - October

Temperature

June - August -> 27(°C) - Summer
December - February -> 3(°C) - Spring


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