If you happen to be in Rijeka for 24 hours like we did, waiting to take a flight, there are a few things you can do.
If it’s blazing hot like it was during the summer, you will run off to the tiny beach and enjoy a swim. I found the beach at Rijeka much more quiet and private than that at Verudela in Pula, but just as charming. I liked the ‘people feel’ at Verudela where there were lots of eating places, a shop to buy touristy stuff, souvenirs and floaters, and the presence of huge 5-star hotels nearby where we would walk in and have access to the wifi.
Rijeka on the other hand, is a transportation hub and port city with refineries and heavy industries, and barely promotes itself as a tourist destination. Rijeka is best known for it’s annual Carnival, which is the largest carnival in Croatia. With a day spent at the city centre, you will enjoy the presence of the huge church adjacent to the lovely port and the Trsat castle, a little far off.
Don’t get too late because the bus times you will be given at the bus terminal there don’t synchronize with the actual time the bus arrives. We were urged to tour Rijeka a little bit as the bus arrived ‘every hour.’ Our trans bus arrived two hours later than the time given to us, and the airport is quite a distance so naturally, we didn’t make check in and had to pay a fine.
I found Rijeka to be a quiet, quaint town with amazing scenery as with the rest of Croatia.
Have you been to Rijeka? What else is there to see?