THE CITY OF RIJEKA – PORT OF DIVERSITY
PAR IN THE HEART OF RIJEKA. RIJEKA IN PAR’S HEART.
Rijeka is a known as the main Croatian seaport, with about 130,000 inhabitants (around 240,000 including the surrounding municipalities). The city is situated in the northern area of the Adriatic Sea, in Kvarner Bay, and along the banks of the Riječina River and numerous nearby streams. It is the administrative and cultural center of Primorje-Gorski Kotar county. Rijeka is known to be a liberal city with a rich cultural and historical heritage, and an ingenuity that is visible in its streets, and its people.
Rijeka has a good strategic position, and a very good traffic connection to other parts of Croatia, as well as other European countries. It is surrounded by Opatija, the oldest Croatian tourist region to the west, and the popular tourist destination of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera towards the east. Interestingly, it is in close proximity to the mountains as well, and very close to the region of Gorski Kotar, the most well-preserved part of Croatia with many natural treasures. Rijeka is also known for its high-quality drinking water and clean air.
Rijeka is host to the traditional Rijeka Carnival, its biggest event, a world famous extravaganza with over 30 years of tradition and around 10,000 participants. Other Rijeka events are the regatta Fiumanka, which takes place during the summer festivities of Saint Vid, Rijeka’s patron Saint, and the cultural event Rijeka Summer Nights. Rijeka is a unique urban destination for tourists because of its rich industrial history. The symbols of its industrial heritage are situated in various parts of the city, and are expected to be revitalized as touristic and cultural attractions.
Rijeka was named the European Capital of Culture 2020, and by that it became the first Croatian city to hold this prestigious title. The title of the project is “Port of Diversity”.