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Rijeka is a Croatian city-port founded in the 7th century on the banks of the Rijeka River, near the Istrian peninsula by the Adriatic Sea. It is a sunny city with a blue sea, beaches (Ploce and Kostanj, Sablicevo, Glavanov, Grcevo and others), great views, famous historical monuments and spectacular carnivals held from February to March each year.
The city has many 14th-18th century architectural monuments, most of them are churches. The most impressive are the St. Vitus Cathedral (17th century, Baroque), the Sanctuary of the Mother of God Trsat, the Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (20th century), the Saint Mary of the Assumption Church (13th century) with inclined tower-bell tower (14th century, Gothic). Other notable historical monuments are the yellow City Clock Tower (19th century), the Palace Modello (19th century, late Renaissance, now a public library), the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Coast (former palace, 19th century). It is also worth climbing to the top of Trsat Castle Hill (13th century, Roman castle ruins), as it offers a beautiful panorama of the city and its surroundings.
Rijeka is a small town with a beautiful old town, narrow streets and cozy historic houses. Visit the Central Market (19th Century) by the sea for fresh fish, fruits, vegetables. Furthermore, you can explore the Rijeka Pier which is a long sea trail perfect for walks and romantic sunsets. If you want to get out of the city, you can visit the Risnjak National Park (50 km from Rijeka) with its many hiking trails, one of the most spectacular is the Leskos Trail. By the way, the city is known as the birthplace of torpedoes (water explosive charges) and on the Rijeka embankment you can find the remains of Tvornica’s Torpedo plant and the ramp from which the world’s first torpedo was launched. Most of the city’s shops, restaurants and cafes are situated in the Korzo street. While in Croatia be sure to try traditional Croatian dishes such as Burek (flaky pastry with various fillings), Buzara (shellfish and crustaceans), Pašticada (sauerkraut), Sarma (cabbage rolls with minced meat) or local drinks such as Rakija (fruit brandy) and Pelinkovac (herbal liqueur).
Best time to visit
Weather in Rijeka is influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, therefore summers are hot and winters are mild. Average temperature vary from 3° C in winter up to 29° C in summer. The best time to visit Rijeka is from May to September.
When choosing travel dates to visit Rijeka you should take into account tourist peak season which is between June and August, therefore, you could save money and avoid crowds in the shoulder months of May or September.
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