This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Rijeka. To help you make friends with Rijeka before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Rijeka’s strategic location and the port that can accommodate many ships have made the city a target of many attacks and it has been part of different countries throughout the centuries. Even before WWII, Rijeka was a city with predominantly Italian population (Italians were more than eighty percent of the population) and the city was known as Fiume. Today, Rijeka has more than eighty percent Croatians and is a well-known European summer resort. Inevitably, Rijeka has kept a huge multicultural heritage, which adds to the city charisma.
All Rijeka hostels are located very close to the beach and you will most probably not need any public transportation. There are also green parks not very far from the beach -- the Mlaka Park and the Vladimira Nazora Park -- if you get tired from all the sand and sun. Other interesting places to see and visit are the Torpedo factory (the first torpedo in Europe was invented and tested in Rijeka), the Rijeka Cathedral, the Roman arch, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat and many old buildings and monuments with different cultural origin.
Rijeka hostels are quite expensive, even off season; book your hostel in Rijeka in advance during the high summer season, when the prices can be very high. There are many flights to and from and Rijeka in the summer, but the city is not so easy to reach during the rest of the year, as many carriers fly only during the summer season.
There are many bars, pubs, clubs, and restaurants in the summer, but during the winter, the nightlife is quite boring. Try local seafood specialties and visit the sandy sunny beaches in Rijeka. If you want to party in Rijeka, you will have no problem, as there are many tourists and the local bars and clubs are open every day until the early morning.
Written by local enthusiast for Rijeka hostelsGeorge Traveller