Today, Rijeka is a well-known tourist destination on the Croatian coast, and its history has been marked by the fact that it has always been an important port center. That is why the Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral is located here. Interestingly, the torpedo was invented in Rijeka, so you can find out more about it in the museum dedicated to that invention. Apart from the port's history, Rijeka is also an important cultural center, and the wealth brought by the port has enabled the construction of numerous magnificent palaces throughout history. How to experience all this in three days? Read below.
1. Korzo Promenade - The Korzo promenade is the center of Rijeka, its most famous street and place of public events. There are many valuable historical buildings, palaces and churches on and around the Korzo. The street is a pedestrian zone, which makes discovering the beauties of Korzo even more enjoyable.
2. Rijeka Cathedral - The Cathedral of St. Vitus in Rijeka is the only round Baroque building in the whole of Croatia. The construction of the cathedral began in 1638, and it was built on the model of the Venetian church of Santa Maria della Salute. The entire interior, the altar, the pulpit exude the unity of style of the Italian artists who were responsible for the decoration.
3. City Clock - The city tower is one of the city symbols. Throughout its history, it served as a passable tower through which one entered the city. It stood out for its height because back then there were no buildings that could match it. The tower has been redecorated several times, so one of the upgrades was the addition of the city clock, and below it, the coat of arms of the city of Rijeka was added.
4. Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral - With its permanent exhibition and many exhibitions from its own or the holdings of other Croatian museums, it includes the celebration of important events related to history and culture. It is located in one of the most beautiful architectural achievements in Rijeka from the end of the 19th century. In the park in front of the museum, there are torpedo launch tubes that remind us that this weapon was conceived, developed, tested for the first time and then produced in Rijeka for decades!
5. Torpedo Exhibition - The famous history of Rijeka torpedoes begins with the collaboration of Rijeka inventor Giovanni Luppis and engineer Robert Whitehead, which led to the first successful test launch of torpedoes in front of the Rijeka Technical Institute, which houses a museum filled with copies of torpedoes.
6. Boonker - Boonker is an attractive place in Rijeka where you can eat a very tasty meal at affordable prices, or enjoy a glass of fine wine or a cocktail on the spacious terrace. The menu is based on pizzas and small snacks and quality fast food. The food is fresh, seasonal and local. There is also a lounge bar within the restaurant.
7. Stairs of Petar Kruzic - A total of 539 stairs from the center of Rijeka are the shortest way to Trsat, and these so-called Trsat Stairs were built in 1531 as a vow by the captain of Klisa Petar Kruzic, after whom they are named. On that occasion, 128 steps were set up on the steepest part of the trail. Other stairs were built later, so today from the foot of Susak to the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary there are a total of 561 steps that you can climb and get a better view of the panorama of the city.
8. Trsat Fortress - Trsat Fortress is an ideal place for walking, coffee and sightseeing. First of all, the Trsat Fortress, which dates back to prehistory when it was just an observatory. Its present appearance is due to its last owner, Count Laval Nugent, who bought it in the first half of the 19th century and restored it as a family mausoleum. In the immediate vicinity is the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, one of the oldest in Croatia, which was visited in June 2003 by Pope John Paul II.
9. Tunnel - Rijeka Tunnel is a pedestrian tunnel located in the center of Rijeka. It stretches 350 meters below Rijeka's Old Town, from the Cathedral of St. Vitus to the yard of the Elementary School Dolac. The tunnel was dug by the Italian army between 1939 and 1942 to protect the civilian population from Allied bombing during World War II.
10. City Market - The market is one of the favorite places for the people of Rijeka, and it is also attractive to visitors, not only to buy homemade fruits and vegetables or olive oil, but also to feel the authentic atmosphere of the city and its inhabitants.
11. Breakwater - Also known as "molo longo" because it is about 1707 meters long, today the breakwater serves as a kind of coastal promenade. The construction of the breakwater began in 1872, and was completed in 1888. It was significantly damaged in World War II, but was rebuilt afterward.
12. Tavern Na kantunu - Na kantunu is a nice small tavern in the center of Rijeka. It offers its guests homemade Mediterranean dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients. There is also a rich selection of local wines.
Day 3 - Rijeka Surroundings
13. Opatija - Opatija is an elegant and attractive destination, located in the center of the Riviera with the longest tourist tradition in Croatia. It is only 15 kilometers away from Rijeka. Beautiful historical villas, landscaped and lush parks, 12 km long coastal promenade known as "Lungomare", well-equipped beaches and fountains and numerous cultural and other events - this is Opatija.
14. Volosko - Volosko is a beautiful town near Opatija known for its top restaurants and taverns. We can say that Volosko is an introduction to Lungomare, Opatija's favorite promenade that takes you all the way to Lovran. Volosko is synonymous with good gastronomy - from typical taverns and fish markets where you can enjoy local specialties, to top restaurants that have found their place where they have found their place in the world's most prestigious gourmet guides.
15. Lovran - Lovran is a small town in Istria with a tradition of tourism more than a hundred years old. It is named after the laurel ('lovor'), which grows in this area in abundance. Thanks to the good climate, lush Mediterranean vegetation and good geographical position, tourism in Lovran experienced a strong development as early as the end of the 19th century. Along with Opatija, Lovran was back then the most important place on the famous Riviera. Luxurious hundred-year-old villas, which are truly valuable examples of architectural heritage, testify to this period of history.