The port of Rijeka stands at the crossroads between the three most developed tourist regions - Istria to the west, Dalmatia to the South and fairly-tale Gorski kotar to the North. It is a friendly city that shares the same blends of culture and has attractions to fit all interests, like beaches, shopping, entertainments, religious venues, sports and museums showcasing its rich history.

It will be a busy and exciting 2019 year for Rijeka as preparations continue for the European Capital of Culture 2020 events. Ten cruise lines are scheduled to bring 100.000 visitors to Rijeka to experience the European Capital of Culture 2020 events. Cruise lines scheduled to call in 2019 will also get a taste of what's in store for 2020, as some of the planned programs will be available in 2019.

Rijeka is the first city in Croatia to win the prestigious title of the European Capital of Culture, sharing it in 2020 with Galway, Ireland. The aim of this project is to highlight the wealth and diversity of the artistic development of European cities as well as the common cultural aspects of Europe, in order to contribute to the convergence of European peoples and their better mutual understanding.

The Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture project is based on three topics which have marked the city throughout the ages: labour, water and migration. The umbrella slogan of the project is “The Port of Diversity” and the program is comprised of seven intertwined flagship programs containing about 1000 programs aimed at diverse audiences. The spectacular opening ceremony will take place in February 2020 with famous Rijeka Carnival and the whole year will be marked by major exhibitions of internationally acclaimed artists, interesting theatre productions, top opera performances, concerts, and gastronomy.

Rijeka can easily be added into current Mediterranean itineraries, offering an attractive and competitive port package. It is a port full of varied and exciting tours, but is also ideal for the independent guest and crew member, thus providing an excellent overall guest satisfaction for your full ship. 

Whatever your choice, it is certain that you will enjoy experiencing the gastronomic legacy of Rijeka at cozy restaurants and taverns in the wider area, offering local and international cuisine and providing great wine lists featuring exceptional domestic wines. Choose and enjoy!

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