Just off Korzo, Rijeka’s main pedestrian zone, right beside the popular Samovar bar, is a place tucked away from the city’s hustle and bustle that provides a good relaxation and meditation stop. Sit on a bench in front of the Blue forest, one of Rijeka’s most Instagrammable murals, and pose for the photo in the company of the live plants.
2.Principia Archeological Park
The Archaeological Park which opened in the Old Town in 2014, comprises a complex of Roman military buildings from the 3rd century. This amazing place gives us an insight into the ancient history of the city with its monumental main entrance, paved central courtyard, and basilica that presents a jewel of the Roman architecture. Principia is a perfect site for various city events and the ideal background of an Instagram photo!
3. Fish Market
The Fish Market is definitely the best part of Rijeka's Farmers' market. This elegant architectural piece that follows the early 20th century Art Nouveau style, is made of bricks with decorative stone elements on the facade which shows the life of sea creatures. You will be smitten by an impressive interior with wooden ceiling and crossbars, sculpted decorations on walls and a gallery that guarantees the best shots of the lively market atmosphere happening downstairs.
4.Casa Veneziana – House Whitehead
Owing to its decoration and the specific features of the facade, the house is often called Casa Veneziana. It was built in 1886 according to the design of an Italian architect, Giacomo Zammati. The contractor was a famous English industrial and ship engineer Robert Whithead who developed the first effective self-propelled naval torpedo. The buiding is a combination of red brick and stone, a beautiful backdrop for the memorable pic.
5. Murals on Križanićeva Street
Following the River of Murals you will find yourself on colourful Križanićeva Street, where somenew artworks have been created by regional street artists. In 2020, Rijeka was the European Capital of Culture and it was meant to be the year of celebration. This all changed within a few weeks because of pandemic measures. Many cultural programs were cancelled but some of the artists continued, regardless. Here you will see the crown of their work!
6. Kantrida Pools
Kantrida Pools is a new sports and urban complex located right on the waterfront which makes it a very popular spot with the Instagrammers. The attractive modern complex was designed by the architectureStudio Zoppini andcomprises five pools, including two of Olympic specifications. Looking for a place to unwind and relax in a perfect setting with lots for water surrounding you? You got it!
7. Vidikovac Reservoir Belvedere – great view over Kvarner
Vidikovac Reservoir is a monumental building of water-communal architecture built in a historic style.Constructed in 1914, it has a volume of 1,500 cubic meters and still supplies water to Rijeka’s suburbs. The Belvedere at the top provides amazing views of the Delta and Kvarner Bay. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, there is certaily a lot of beauty to ‘behold‘ from this place!
8. The Boat. by Vjekoslav Vojo Radoičić
Vojo Radoičić was a Croatian painter, sculptor, printmaker and stage designer who never veered from his recognizable artistic style which is colorful and almost childlike in nature. He worked and lived in Vienna, London and Zagreb but spent most of his time in Rijeka. Vojo's installation of the Boat on the pavement, together with an image on the front of the building, represents a uniquesculpture-painting composition with cheerful colors to brighten everyone’s mood.
9 . The Fort of the Holy Cross
Perched above Rijeka, this fort is part of a chain of defences originating from prehistoric times. There’s a 15th century votive church next to the fort, as well as Rijeka’s Planetarium. Because of the historical, natural and cultural value of this spot, a scientific trail, which offers spectacular views over Rijeka and Kvarner, was constructed. This will entice you to keep your eyes peeled for the next detail!
10. River of Murals
In Rijeka one cannot fail to notice the explosion of street art adding colour and different perspectives to the urban environment of the city. Vodovodna and Ružićeva streets,which were long neglected, have now been transformed into a street art gallery, enriched with new murals almost every year. Rijeka means River and the River of Murals is symbolic of the explosion of Art, Colour and Emotions.