Rijeka, the main and largest city in the Kvarner region, is a true treasury of valuable buildings and monuments, museums and galleries, as well as interesting cultural and business events.
Rijeka is also known for its excellent youth entertainment programs, sporting events as well as other programs that make it attractive at any time of the year. The closeness of Opatija, the second largest town, recognizable by its beautiful architecture, parks and an exceptionally rich hotel offer, make these two centers an ideal combination for your vacation, entertainment and pleasure.
Trsat, situated in the eastern part of the city, rests at 135 m above sea level. It is today an international pilgrimage destination and a venue for holding various religious and other events. In June 2003, on the occasion of the Feast of Pentecost, Trsat was visited by Pope John Paul the Second who enjoyed a private prayer at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat, at the altar decorated with a miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A bronze statue called A Pilgrim to Trsat, dedicated in the Pope’s honor, is a constant reminder of his visit. In addition to the Trsat Sanctuary, Kvarner boasts many other pilgrimage destinations. In the silence of the churches and the ambiance created by the sounds of prayer and candlelight, pilgrims find tranquility, faith and spiritual peace.
Experience and learn about the rich maritime heritage of the region at the Kvarner Festival of the sea and during festivals and regattas held at the marinas and ports in the bay.
In the recommendation comes visit the Maritime and History Musem of the Croatian Littoral in Rijeka and Interpretation centre in the small fishing village Mošćenička Draga.
Good to Know
Visa in not needed for EU citizens. Everyone else need a visa.
56 542 km2
Vacation for all generations
Rijeka is an ideal tourist destination for all generations. This destination is also attractive to those who wish to learn about the region’s rich cultural heritage, traditions and customs or attend the imaginative and interesting events organized in this area. You can also enjoy the rich wellness offer and thalassotherapy, an excellent option for recreation, prevention, recovery and beauty enhancement. Afterwards, people can stop for a moment and rest for a while at a restaurant, tavern or café.
A wealth of tastes, authentic food, olive oils and excellent wines are reason enough to take a break and indulge in the tastes that have been long forgotten in other regions.
The region is home to the Baška Tablet (Baščanska ploča), the oldest monument of Croatian literacy, and the Vinodol Law Codex (Vinodolski zakonik), the oldest fully conserved monument of common law in the Croatian language. The region’s rich past has left a legacy that includes numerous monuments, valuable religious and secular collections, as well as cultural expressions that make everyday life in Rijeka exceptionally interesting.
Stages are located in the square or in the parks, in the silence of churches or just for the occasion special locations.
People can listen to concerts by Croatian and world music stars, also can enjoy galleries and museums based on inexhaustible heritage or in the modern sounds.
Happenings, Festivals and Events
Rijeka boasts an exceptionally rich calendar of happenings, festivals and events.
Events are based on the rich tradition of festivals who cherish musical or scenic specialty region or respected Croatian and foreign artists of all styles of music attracting every year more and more visitors who often just to them determine the time of arrival.
In the beautiful old churches, museums and galleries, beautiful parks or square, reviving the magical world of art, nostalgia or modern sounds. In short, pleasure and fun for all tastes and all ages …