Rijeka is a captivating port city in Kvarner Bay, bordering the Ucka National Park. It has a rich maritime heritage dates back centuries, and it is still a bustling port today. The city’s waterfront promenade, known as Korzo, is a lively hub of activity, lined with elegant cafes, chic boutiques, and charming historic buildings.
In fact, Rijeka is one of the top 100 ports in the world. The Bay of Rijeka is deep enough (about 49 m) to accommodate large commercial ships. The city’s economy largely depends on shipbuilding and worldwide maritime transport.
What to See in Rijeka
- Enjoy the international carnival procession, which always takes place on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Over a hundred carnival groups from Croatia walk the Korzo during the parade, singing, dancing, and showing off their costumes.
- Visit the glorious Trsat Castle. It is an enchanting medieval fortress located on a hilltop overlooking the city. Its commanding position provides breathtaking panoramic views of the city, the Adriatic Sea, and the surrounding landscapes. Originally built in the 13th century, the castle has been a strategic stronghold, a noble residence, and even a pilgrimage site.
- Stop by the nearby Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, one of the oldest in Croatia, that in June 2003 was visited by Pope John Paul II. The shrine and the Franciscan Monastery are also connected with Rijeka’s city center with Petar Kruzic’s Steps.
- Visit the main City Market, chosen by the people of Rijeka as the best place to dine since the 19th century.
What to Do in Rijeka
- Walk the docks of Rijeka port.
- Walk across the city center’s main street Korzo and visit local shops and bars.
- Visit the History Museum.
- Stroll through Trsat Park, made in the period between the two World Wars. It is known for its indigenous plants, respecting the natural rocky landscape, and the old cemetery.
- Decorate yourself with a Morcic head. The Morcic head is typically made of gold or silver and has a unique design, featuring a dark-skinned face with large eyes, a prominent nose, and adorned with a turban or a feathered headdress. The origin of the Morcic head is linked to the historical encounters between the local population and the Ottoman Empire.
- Visit Fiorello La Guardia, the consular office in the city center on the Korz. La Guardia was one of the most famous mayors of New York City. He was also half Croatian and spent some time in Rijeka, Croatia.
- See the life jacket from The Titanic that belonged to the sailor Josip Car. Car, who was from Rijeka, worked on the Carpathia ship, which assisted in the rescue of the Titanic. This is one of the five exemplars in the world and the only one in Europe at the Maritime Museum of Rijeka.
Sample 8-Day Itinerary Including Rijeka
Day 1 | Arrive in Split
Arrive at the ACI Marina in Split, and board your luxury yacht. Settle into your cabin and familiarize yourself with the yacht. After a brief safety meeting, we set sail for Hvar.
Day 2 | Hvar
Explore the charming town of Hvar, known for its beautiful architecture, vibrant nightlife, and picturesque harbor. Visit the historic sites, such as the Hvar Fortress and the Franciscan Monastery, or relax on the sandy beaches.
In the evening, explore Hvar’s exciting nightlife.
Day 3 | Cruise to Vis
Sail to the secluded island of Vis, known for its untouched natural beauty and crystal-clear waters.
Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying water sports in the pristine bays. In the evening, dine at one of the waterfront restaurants and sample delicious local cuisine.
Day 4 | Discover Korcula
Cruise to the island of Korcula, famous for its medieval old town and traditional architecture. Explore the narrow streets, visit the impressive St. Mark’s Cathedral, and learn about the island’s history. Enjoy a wine-tasting tour at one of the local vineyards and savor the renowned Korcula wines.
Day 5 | Sail to Dubrovnik
Depart Korcula and sail to the iconic city of Dubrovnik. Take a guided tour of the ancient city walls, stroll along the marble-paved Stradun, and visit historical landmarks like the Rector’s Palace and the Dubrovnik Cathedral.
Day 6 | Relax in Mljet National Park
Cruise to Mljet National Park, a pristine oasis of lush greenery and serene lakes. Take a walk or rent a bike to explore the park’s stunning landscapes and visit the picturesque Benedictine monastery on the island of St. Mary. Enjoy a tranquil day surrounded by nature and swim in the crystal-clear lakes.
Day 7 | Visit Rijeka
Sail to Rijeka, the vibrant port city on the Adriatic coast. Explore the historic Trsat Castle, offering panoramic city views, and visit the St. Vitus Cathedral. Stroll along the lively waterfront promenade, Korzo, and indulge in the local cuisine at one of the waterfront restaurants.
Day 8 | Return to Split
Depart Rijeka and sail back to Split, enjoying the final day onboard your luxury yacht. Take in the coastal scenery, relax on deck, and reminisce about the incredible experiences from your yacht charter holiday.
Disembark in Split and conclude your memorable journey.
Please note that this sample itinerary can be customized based on your preferences, weather conditions, and yacht charter availability.