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Rijeka and the Vinodol coast are great seaside spots, where you can base yourself for visiting the beautiful Kvarner Islands or nearby Opatija. Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city after Zagreb and Split, and has lots of museums, great nightlife and an interesting history. 

Things to do

South of Rijeka is Crikvenica, a small town of fashionable spa hotels and villas, with numerous beaches and sports facilities. Further south is the quaint Novi Vinodolski, which is home to a 13th century castle, interesting churches and many hiking, biking and horse riding trails.

places to stay and visit

  • Rijeka

    With plenty of natural sites and recreational activities, these areas are sure to take you by pleasant surprise.

  • Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski

    These touristic towns are attractive, known for their rocky landscape and buzzing atmosphere.

Novi Vindolski

Food and wine

Rijeka has a large range of places to eat, from upmarket gourmet restaurants, to very traditional taverns and international cuisine. There are also many pizzerias and fast food outlets. If you want a very local experience head to the central market, known as the “Town Belly”, where there is a bright array of locally-sourced fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and homemade goods. Also check out the seafront undercover market which is worth a visit both for its fresh produce and its unique architectural design. Crikvenica and Novi Vinodolski also have a selection of gourmet food, local seafood and meat dishes as well as fast food.

  • Central Rijeka

  • Indoor fish market


There are a few beaches near Rijeka, but for the best beaches head to the Kvarner Islands. Ploce, just west of Rijeka, and Svezanj, 15km east of Rijeka, are Blue Flag certified, so have high safety, water quality and environmental standards. Ploce is a pebbled and paved beach, and Svezanj is pebbly and rocky. There are some stunning beaches on the islands of Cres, Krk, Losinj, Pag and Rab, which you can reach by boat.

  • Beach on Cres Island

  • Beach on Pag Island