Rijeka is the principal seaport of Croatia, located on Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea, 126km south of Ljubljana in Slovenia, is such an important transportation hub that it's almost impossible to avoid. The network of buses, trains and ferries connecting Istria and Dalmatia with Zagreb and points beyond all seem to pass through the city.

Rijeka is also an important European transit port. The development of the town increased in the 19th century by the construction of the road to Karlovac and the railvay connections to Vienna and Budapest. Croatia's largest port, Rijeka is full of boats, cargo, fumes, cranes and the kind of seedy energy that characteristic most port cities. However, because there's no beach, resources for visitors are scarce. The assumption seems to be that everyone will either leave the area as fast as possible or base themselves in Opatija.

Today is Rijeka an important commercial and naval centre with developed industry. Rijeka is also a cultural and artistic center with a large number of cultural and educational institutions and schools.

In Rijeka proper as well as in its surroundings chief occupations are tourism, farming, forestry and fishing. Rijeka is an important traffic intersection connecting the Central Europe with central and southern parts of the Adriatic coast.

The Rijeka Carnival in February is the largest and most elaborate in Croatia, with seven days of partying. Balls are by invitation only but there are plenty of parades and street dances that are open to everyone.

Coordinates: N 45° 19’ 52", E 14° 25’ 60"

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