Why choose a cruise to Rijeka?

Upon first glance, Rijeka seems a busy working port, but wander inland and you’ll discover streets lined with sorbet-coloured houses and ornate Austro-Hungarian buildings. Rijeka has an old-world grandeur that grows on you, and there are plenty of interesting attractions to explore.

Rijeka Port

Taking a Rijeka cruise also allows you to get out into nature. The city is right next door to Učka Nature Park, a green wonderland of majestic crags, atmospheric forests and waterfalls. Rijeka is also the gateway to Croatia’s Kvarner Islands, paradises that sprinkle the broad bay in front of the city.

A guide to Rijeka’s hotspots

Let the hours slip by as you explore Rijeka’s historic district. Saunter down Korzo, the main pedestrianised street, fronted by ornate peach- and lemon-coloured houses. You’ll find many of the city’s most iconic buildings here, such as the baroque clock tower, alongside local cafés and restaurants.

Austro-Hungarian architecture in Rijeka

Take a trip to the offbeat Peek & Poke Museum which showcases the early technology of computers and electronics in a series of fun exhibits. Some are hands-on, allowing older adults to reminisce over now-obsolete items of technology.

For a taste of local life, explore Rijeka’s central market, set in three ornate pavilions. Among the stalls selling fish and brightly coloured vegetables are smallholders selling their wares, such as hand-churned butter, delicious local cheeses and cured meats. It’s a good place for people-watching and purchasing picnic food.

Sail across the clear waters of Kvarner Bay to the beautiful island of Krk. Explore the shady forests, traditional terracotta-topped villages and majestic ancient castle. The island has some picturesque beaches, most of which have Blue Flag designation.

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Rijeka

Marella Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises

Cunard

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The best time to visit Rijeka

Rijeka has a balmy summer climate, with temperatures averaging 22°C in July and August (and highs of 28°C). Trsat Castle in the city offers a programme of enjoyable summer events, too.

Why not go on a Rijeka cruise for Valentine’s Day? Although the weather averages a cool 5°C, there are plenty of cosy bars and restaurants to warm up in. What’s more, every year a carnival is held from mid-January to March, where the streets come alive with colourful parades, festivities and feasts.

Did you know?

  • Krk is known by locals as ‘aurea insula’, the golden island
  • Rijeka has been awarded the honour of being Europe’s Cultural Capital in 2020
  • The first Yugoslav rock band was founded in Rijeka in the 1960s, and the city is still renowned for its rock-music scene