The city of Rijeka is located in the north of Croatia, close to the Slovenian border but within an inlet of the Adriatic, making it the country’s principal seaport. With a population of 150,000, eighty percent of which is made up of Croatians, Rijeka is Croatia’s second largest city after Zagreb Croatia, the country’s capital.
The area’s chief industries are shipbuilding and sea freight, but the tourist industry is also steadily growing, and for very good reason. Not only is Rijeka easy to reach, with its own international airport, good ferry connections, a superb railway network and a highly efficient motorway system linking it to Istria, Zagreb Croatia and Slovenia, but the city also offers tourists a multitude of things to see and do once they get here.
http://www.tz-rijeka.hr/english/default.asp - Official tourist site for Rijeka.
Rijeka’s International Carnival, the largest carnival in Croatia and one of the most popular in Europe, is held in February/March each year and celebrates the different carnival traditions from around the globe.
You’ll find a multitude of bars, cafes and restaurants on Rijeka’s main street. One of the most popular bars is ‘River Pub’, a karaoke come jazz/rock bar in the heart of town. You might also want to try the floating nightclub, Nina; a boat positioned on Rijeka’s harbour that plays popular dance music during the summer.
For culture vultures, the Croatian National theatre is based in the city, which has been entertaining visitors and locals for three centuries.
For a real taste of Croatian life, visit the historic village of Kastav, which is located in the hills above Rijeka. Here you will find a beautiful 13th Century church, a forest and magnificent views looking out over Rijeka and beyond.
For enthusiastic walkers and nature-lovers, don’t miss the Sjverni Velebit National Park just outside the city. The park’s area covers a massive 109 kilometres of protected land, filled with a number of excellent hiking trails. Most notable is the Premuzic Trail, which runs right the way through the park and offers walkers breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea.
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