Rijeka is the principal seaport of Croatia, located on Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea. It has 144,043 inhabitants (270,000 for greater area in 2001) and is Croatia’s third largest city. The city’s economy largely depends on sea transport, shipbuilding and tourism.
Rijeka boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, perfect for taking a stroll along the Korzo and experiencing the heart of the city. Other than Trsat Castle, there is little architecture of interest, however there are many cafes to lounge in with views across the Bay.
Things to See & Do
* Torpedo Factory
* Sanctuary of Madonna Trsatian
* Old gate,Roman arch
* Trsat Castle
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency – Kuna (HRK)
Language – Croatian
Land Area – 44 km²
Population – 150,000 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 385
Port Location – The port is located in the town centre of Rijeka, close to the central train and bus stations.
Travel Links – Rijeka has an awkward air connection; it has an international airport of its own, but it is located on the nearby island of Krk. The airport is more of a charter airport than a serious transport hub, although various scheduled airlines have commenced services as well.
Rijeka is well-integrated into the Croatian Railways and critical international lines. A fully electrified line connects Rijeka with Zagreb, and onwards towards Koprivnica and the Hungarian border, as part of the international 5b corridor. It is also connected to Trieste and Ljubljana by a separate electrified stretch that extends northwards from the city. Rijeka is well connected (direct trains) to Munich in Germany or Salzburg in Austria, and there are direct night trains running to Rijeka from these two cities.
Rijeka has good ferry connections with the surrounding islands and cities within Croatia, but no direct foreign connections. There are daily coastal routes to Zadar, Split, and onwards to Dubrovnik, where more international connections are offered. Pula offers more direct southward connections from northwestern Croatia.