Much more low-key than heavily touristed Pula and Zadar, Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city. It developed into an industrial hub in the late 20th century and still thrives today, named European Capital of Culture in 2020. The heart of the city is Korzo, a picturesque promenade lined with cafés and bars, and the perfect starting point for exploring the city’s Austro-Hungarian architecture. Although many see Rijeka as just a convenient port for embarking on trips to the islands, there are plenty of intriguing reasons to stay for at least a few days. As well as museums and churches, Rijeka is home to the world’s first torpedo factory. Although having a little bit more than a hundred thousand inhabitants, Rijeka may seem much bigger. It is a significant Croatian port city occupying a strategic position at the Kvarner gulf. When you see it for the first time you are impressed and somewhat puzzled by the number of historic sights per square kilometer. Roman arches connect neo-classical buildings, the Austro-Hungarian streets lead to industrialized modern areas, the magnificent churches stand next to the gritty neighborhoods. Rijeka is colorful, Rijeka is vibrant, Rijeka is never boring. With Croatian present and Italian cultural influences, it is a very interesting destination that is full of life.