Croatia has spent decades in the shadow of its Mediterranean neighbors Italy and Greece. In recent years, however, Norwegians have discovered the country with its beautiful beaches and beautiful islands on the eastern side of the Adriatic.
One of the natural gateways to Croatia is the country’s largest port city, Rijeka, which is only a few miles from the border with Italy in the west and Slovenia in the north.
Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city with around 130,000 inhabitants, giving you easy access to both the coastline, Istria peninsula, the capital Zagreb and neighboring countries Italy and Slovenia.
Rijeka itself is well worth a visit for a day or two, but for longer vacations most people will probably apply to the resort town of Opatija which is only a 15 minute drive west of Rijeka.
We are sure that you will have a pleasant time in Rijeka and welcome you to a wonderful experience in Croatia.
- Abbreviation: RI
- Country: Croatia
Get to know Rijeka!
Rijeka started his life under the name Tarsatica over two thousand years ago, and over the years has been a throwing ball between Romans, Croats, Franks, Hungarians and the Austrian Habsburg dynasty. In 1750, Rijeka was hit by an earthquake that destroyed the entire city, and most of the buildings you can see today are built from the ground up in retrospect. Rijeka and the surrounding areas were annexed by Italy in 1919 after being, and only after World War II did it become Yugoslav and from 1991 belonged to Croatia.
Rijeka has about 130,000 inhabitants, and this is actually considerably smaller than it was in the 1990s. Despite the decline in population, Rijeka is the third largest city in Croatia, after Split and Zagreb. Most live on the west side of town.
Rijeka became a mighty city because of its excellent deep water harbor. The (port thus) and the strategic position of the city is the main reason why Italy, Hungary and Croatia have been arguing over who should rule over Rijeka. The port is very important to Rijeka’s economy to this day. And of course, there are some large shipyards that bring jobs to many of the city’s inhabitants.
The public life in Rijeka is centered in and near the main street Korzo in the center. If you walk along Korzo you will notice an old portal with a bell tower above. This was the main entrance to the original city, and is one of the few buildings that survived the earthquake in 1750. At the other end of the portal lies the city’s oldest building, the Roman Gate, or Stara Vrata. And just above this you will find the 16th century church of St. Vito (St. Vitus) in Grivica square. Read more about this under Rijeka attractions.
List of Rijeka Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Rijeka is RI which stands for Rijeka. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Rijeka, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.
|PMR||Prirodoslovni Muzej Rijeka|
|TFR||Task Force Rijeka|
|ZSR||Zajednica Srba Rijeka|