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The town of Rijeka can trace its roots back to prehistoric times, through various centuries of conflicts, ruling dynasties and countries, and periods of architecture change. Today, many buildings from these periods can be found, especially around the Korzo and the Riva street in the heart of the town. It was known as Tarsattica city in Roman times, St. Vito’s Reka in the 17th century, and, as Rijeka when it became a free port in 1719. During this time the city’s prosperity as a centre for industry and shipping grew. In the 19th century it became the eighth largest port in Europe. In 1970 Rijeka opened its first airport on the island of Krk, and its tourism, business sector and university flourished.
A quick overview of ten Rijeka’s specialties you shouldn’t miss.
Rijeka is a bustling, cosmopolitan town characterized by its fabulous history, its cultural edge and its waterborne leisure. Check out what Rijeka’s history, culture, heritage, nature have to offer… what is worth a visit while you’re here and what you will remember Rijeka by.
Places you can see only in Rijeka, places that make this city special, guard its spirit and invite you to fall in love with Rijeka even before you get here.
The Rijeka Tunnel

The Rijeka Tunnel

How many times have you visited a military facility as a tourist? Not very often is our guess. Well, Rijeka offers a rare opportunity to do exactly that. And it will lead you underground in the process. The first military tunnel opened exclusively for tourist visits is waiting for you in the very centre of the city. The entrance to the tunnel is located next to the Cathedral of St. Vitus and it stretches below the Old Town to the Dolac Primary School. The 330-m long tunnel, which was dug into bedrock from 1939 to 1942 by the Italian military in order to protect civilians from aerial bombings, descends to a depth of 10 m in several places. It is 4 m wide and 2.5 m high on average. The main tunnel bore branches off in two directions, one leading towards the old city hall building and the other to the Cathedral of St. Vitus. In several places along the tunnel, you can still see the original “Riservato all U.N.P.A.” (“Reserved for the Anti-aircraft Corps“) signs. At the time, the Dolac Primary School was the headquarters of the Corps. The tunnel proved its merit during the endgame of the war in 1944 and 1945, when Rijeka was attacked in waves by the Allied air forces. It also served its purpose during the Croatian War of Independence when it was used as a shelter by a portion of the population on two separate occasions. The tunnel is supplied with light fittings and is covered with sand in its entire length in order to facilitate walking. The interior temperature of the tunnel is 15 degrees. The tunnel has been repurposed to better fit the needs of the times, which means that it is no longer a military facility, but yet another site on the tourist map of the city.

Situated where the Mediterranean is deeply indented into the European continent, Rijeka’s geostrategic position is exceptional, which is why many wanted and tried to conquer it. Rijeka’s and Opatija’s turbulent history has weaved into the local cuisine with recognisable influences – those Austrian, Italian, even French. Try some of this delicacies in various restaurants and experience the relaxed atmosphere of Rijeka’s and Opatija’s taverns.
There are numerous bars and cafes across the town of Rijeka and it is easy to find a place to sit down and sip a cup of coffee or enjoy a glass of wine in the bustling city. Choose your location and watch the city run next to you and in the evening find your place for fun in one of the many clubs in the city - Rijeka has a lively urban culture that attracts many young people to its bar-come-nightclubs.
Rijeka has an eclectic mix of specialist little shops where everything from jewellery and haute couture fashions to antiques, items for the home and crafts such as locally made ceramics and paintings can be found. It has lively markets selling household goods, clothing and hardware items, along with fresh local cheeses, hams, fruit and vegetables that are a magnet for local residents who like to catch up with friends as well as shop. Rijeka also has few shopping centres, especially around the pedestrianised Korzo and two large shopping malls on both sides of the city. All of them attract trendy local buyers as well as visitors to the city.
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