HOW TO BEST EXPLORE RIJEKA IN A FEW DAYS?
Legend says: “one who taste the tap water in Rijeka, always coming back for more”. According to our guests who keep coming back to Rijeka, we can say that the legend might be true.
Rijeka, European city of culture 2020, where you can admire lots of historical palaces, swim in the crystal clear sea, hike through plenty of national parks or enjoy the delicious sea food restaurants. Rijeka has the perfect geographical position, it is only 1.5 hour driving from Zagreb, 2 hours from Venice, 30 minutes from Postojna Cave in Slovenia and 2 hours from Plitvice Lakes.
The best way to explore Rijeka is by car, but the local buses will be fine as well.
DAY ONE. Start with your morning coffee on Korzo street and watch the town wakes up. Sit at one of the many terraces on Korzo street, or in coffee bars near the market place.
After coffee it’s time for Rijeka’s colorful farmers market for daily fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers. Be sure to walk into the fishery and buy fresh local fish. I recommend orada (bream), brancin (sea bass), oslic (hake), kvarner’s prawns or sardines. Near the market place, visit Rijeka’s theater Ivan Zajc. Continue to Titov Trg and take a photo with Kamov – Rijeka’s famous poet.
For brunch or lunch outside choose from a several very good and affordable restaurants. Starting from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm almost every restaurant has a brunch/lunch menu for very affordable price. Restaurants around the farmers market are the best choice.
In the evening visit the romantic Trsat Castle from where you can take amazing photos of city and sunset. For the dinner sit at pizzeria “Gvardijan” and try to choose from 100 hundred different pizza styles. Really tasteful and funny!
If you’re interested in castles, you’ll also find one in Grobnik. It stands 466 m above sea level between river Rječina with one side and Grobnik field on the other.
Place to stay in the Rijeka center:
DAY TWO. Visit some of museums in the center, Peek and Poke, Museum of Modern Art or Maritime and History museum which is placed in former Governor’s Palace, beautiful historical building. Walk through the streets of old town, go to St. Vitus cathedral and the leaning tower. Visit Kastav, the old town with an amazing view of Kvarner bay, lunch at restaurant “Loža”. From there continue to Volosko, try delicious desert in “Kao kakao” gelateria. Take a walk along the sea using the seaside promenade “Lungo Mare” from Volosko to Opatija.
DAY THREE. Explore Rijeka’s beaches.
Only 7 km from Rijeka center you can find beautiful Kostrena. There are several beaches along the Kostrena coast, with bars and restaurants and if you like diving you can check in to Diving Center Kostrena.
3 km from Rijeka center there is another, beach Ploče, Kantrida quarter. Never too crowded and you can find a piece of paradise just for yourself.
Apartment near the beach Ploče:
One of my favorites beach is beach Sablićevo-Pećine quarter. The turquise color water is so clear that you can see through it.
Place to stay near beach Sablićevo:
DAY THREE: Take a break from the beach and cool down in a green fresh paradise of Gorski Kotar, known as “lungs of Kvarner”.
“Zeleni Vir” is a great place to start. Located near Skrad, just 40 minutes driving from Rijeka, surrounded by trees, green rills and waterfalls this is one of the best kept secrets near Rijeka. Be aware, sometimes the temperature difference can be 10 degrees, so take the long sleeves. Be careful when driving as the road from one point is very tight and steep, wear your sneakers – some parts can be slippery if you climb up to the cave, or waterfall. On your way back stop at Fužine. Stroll around the lake and try local wild meet specialties in restaurant “Bitoraj” or “Volta”.
DAY FOUR. Explore our biggest island Krk.
Island Krk is easy accessible by car. In Krk you’ll find gorgeous beach Baška located at the end of the island. Places worth visiting: hilltop town Vrbnik popular for wine tasting. Stop in Krk town and explore the narrow streets of old town. Biserujka cave is located on the north east part of island close to Silo. Picturesque islet of Kosljun with a museum within the monastery located on islet.
DAY FIVE. Take a ferry to Cres.
Majestic island of Cres is well worth visiting for several reasons. If you still didn’t try Croatian lamb, Cres is a perfect place for that. Furthermore, in the village Lubenice there is one the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world! Lubenice stands 378 m above sea level and the view to beach from there is just stunning.
If you’re looking for more adventures and the beauties of the Adriatic sea, try the coastal drive from Rijeka to Dubrovnik. It is one of the most scenic in the world, so enjoy!