Rijeka, Croatia’s third largest city and main port, is characterised by its rich history and industrial looks. Located on the Adriatic coast, Rijeka is the Rotterdam of former Yugoslavia and feeds a continuous flow of bulk goods through to the hinterland of Croatia, Austria and Hungary. Admire numerous galleries and museums before finishing your day with fresh Croatian brodet stew and paticada. A truly original location for a cultural and industrial city break.
Rijeka: hidden charm in streets of monumental buildings
Despite its industrial feel thanks to its function as a seaport, Rijeka’s charm lies in streets full of impressive and historical buildings. For centuries, Rijeka’s strategic location made it an important bargaining tool and pivot point between the Romans and the Slavs. Indeed, Rijeka has found itself under the rule of the French, Italians and the Austrian empire, at one time going by the Italian name of Fiume, meaning ‘river’ - as does the name, Rijeka. Strolling along the Riva - the city’s wide boulevard - you’ll pass lots of little side streets that lead into the city centre, in turn featuring old squares, numerous palaces, museums and shops. Take a seat at a terrace in the sunshine and sample a glass of home-produced Rakija (brandy). Similar to cognac, this beverage is made by the Croats themselves by distilling fermented fruit. Complement it with a piece of salami with paprika, called Kulen in Croatian, and you’ll be near-native in no-time!
So much more to discover...
Besides all of the historical buildings you’ll see in Rijeka, there are multiple options for excursions in the surrounding areas that will add a unique twist to your visit here. There's truffle hunting in Istria, for example, accompanied by specially trained dogs that sniff out the truffles and pull them out of the ground for you. As well as the gorgeous coastline of the island of Krk (pronounced Curk) to explore. Not forgetting Risnjak National Park for an astonishing and enchanting nature experience.
Flight tickets from Eindhoven to Croatia
Flights from Eindhoven Airport to Rijeka airport on the island of Krk are direct with Transavia. To reach the Croatian mainland from the airport, it’s a quick and straightforward train ride over Krčki Most bridge.