European Capital of Culture 2020
Departing: Friday 25 September 2020
Returning: Monday 28 September 2020
Duration: 4 days
Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city, enjoying a spectacularly beautiful location at the bottom of the Bay of Kvarner, framed by the magnificent Dinaric Alps and the islands of Krk and Cres. It is a working port and a beacon of multiculturalism, a true melting pot where Balkan and central-European cultures peacefully collide.
Following the city’s successful bid to become the European Capital of Culture 2020, there is a buzz of activity as former industrial complexes are being transformed into art spaces and new cafes and restaurants spring up alongside the city’s Austro-Hungarian seafront, baroque cathedral, Roman fortress and Tito’s concrete curios. Korzo, the city’s vibrant promenade once populated exclusively by the locals, is welcoming more and more tourists as they discover the subtle charms of Rijeka.
Over 1,000 cultural events are planned for Rijeka’s ‘cultural reign’. Under the title ‘Port of Diversity’, they will channel the themes of historical divides, post-industrial life, urban rejuvenation, ports as symbols of cultural mixtures... In 2020 the city will be one of Europe’s most fascinating and ‘original’ cities to visit.
Visit historic neighbourhood of Trsat, with its fortress and the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia; Opatija, ‘the Pearl of Kvarner’, once favoured by the Habsburg court for its winter holidays; and the ancient town of Kastav, situated on top of the hill above Rijeka, with magnificent views over the entire bay of Kvarner, Illyrian necropolis, medieval walls and town loggia and many remnants of the town’s rich history.
Sample the city’s cuisine, which is bursting with flavours from all over the Balkans and neighbouring countries, perfectly illustrates Rijeka’s multiculturalism – Italy-inspired seafood, dry-cured ham, truffles, lamb fed on salty herbs from the islands and Istria; and Austrian-inspired meat, wild game and mushrooms and berries from Lika and Gorski Kotar.
- The nearby town of Opatija, once favoured by the Habsburg court for its winter holidays
- Sample the city’s cuisine, which is bursting with flavours from all over the Balkans and neighbouring countries, perfectly ill
- The historic neighbourhood of Trsat, with its fortress and the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia
HISTORY AND CULTURE
ACTIVITY RATE: LOW
Price per person, not including flights. Single supplement £90.
$1,040 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in June 2019. Contact the operator for the most up-to-date price information.