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Croatian DJs prepare unique online party overlooking beautiful Kvarner bay
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Croatian DJs prepare unique online party overlooking beautiful Kvarner bay

In a time when electronic music lovers can't physically attend concerts, devoted DJs are bringing the parties online. Tonight, Rijeka-based artists Marina Karamarko and Ana Antonova have a special spectacle prepared which will include not only a two-hour concert, but also a marvelous view. The DJs will stream from a Rijeka rooftop showcasing a stunning panorama of Kvarner bay.  The party is spearheaded by Berlin-based record label Get Physical Music, currently releasing a series of EPs called 'Croatia Gets Physical' with some of the country's top DJs. The series' third edition came out on April 17, featuring new tracks by Ana Antonova, a Marina Karamarko remix of Tamo ('There') by Andrea Ljekaj and songs by Evren Ulusoy & Tome R. Tune in live tonight, April 20, from 7pm-9pm via Facebook and YouTube. Vibe to bumping beats while feasting your eyes on the beautiful background. Meet the artists...  MARINA KARAMARKO started her career in 2005 and has since become one of Croatia's most successful DJs and producers. The Rijeka-native artist has performed worldwide from Croatia, its surrounding countries and Ibiza, all the way to Colombia and America. Karamarko's characteristically deep and dark style has also gotten her listed by Beatport as an 'Electronic Music Visionary'. Karamarko has been running her own independent label, THANQ, for five years. ANA ANTONOVA is originally from Krk island and settled in Rijeka a few years ago. Now a well-known figure on Rijeka's electronic scene,

Croatia's best delicacies
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Croatia's best delicacies

Incredible seafood from the morning's catch, eaten before a backdrop of the sun setting across the Adriatic near Dubrovnik. Indulgent slices of truffle shaved onto fresh pasta dishes in sight of a hilltop town in Istria. Smoke-flavoured barbequed meats served on a Split or Hvar terrace alongside smiling friends. There's a whole world of unforgettable gastronomic experiences in store for any visitor to Croatia. However, some of these are not uniquely Croatian. Similar can be found elsewhere on the Mediterranean. But, Croatia does have its own unique food produce and some of it is protected at both a national level and a European level. Three European Union schemes of geographical indications, PDO, PGI and TSG, exist to distinguish traditional and unique produce. They ensure integrity by dictating that only products genuinely originating from a certain region (often ones with unique geographical or climatic assets) are allowed to be identified as such. Croatia has several products protected in this way at European level. Here you can find out about each of them and we recommend you try as many as possible while in the country in order to gain a true insight into the great gastronomic delights of authentic Croatia.RECOMMENDED: Everything you need to know about Istrian olive oil

Rijeka's Damir Urban proves Neil Young right
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Rijeka's Damir Urban proves Neil Young right

Damir Urban held a mini-tour across his hometown city of Rijeka this Friday. The rock and roll icon's stage was a sightseeing bus usually reserved for tourists. Urban performed atop the double-decker, from which the rich modulations of his booming voice filled city streets. The project was initiated by Urban himself and supported by the City of Rijeka. The musician's gigs on wheels were organised at 12 specially selected venues from which spectators could watch without leaving their homes. From windows, balconies and streets, Rijeka's locals belted out beloved hits like Moja Voda ('My Water'), Iskra ('Spark') and Astronaut ('Astronaut'). All it takes is spirit, a crowd, a musician and the legendary genre of rock and roll, with the unrivaled verve of its concerts, lives on. Toss in a makeshift tour bus for good measure, and Neil Young's 1970s hypothesis is confirmed.  Rock and roll can never die.   For those interested in knowing more about one of Rijeka's most famous musicians... Damir Urban is a creative soul: music and painting are his fortes, and his professional career, which he merged with his passions, began in the 1980s. In 1984, Urban formed La Bellona, a band in which he was bassist and songwriter. His first public gigs begin with La Bellona. Unfortunately, the only remaining documents from this period are a few poorly preserved demos. La Bellona breaks up, almost as soon as it began, and Urban begins collaborating with two musical kindr

Rijeka youth choir make amazing online performance
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Rijeka youth choir make amazing online performance

The streets of coastal city Rijeka should be bustling right now, with visitors and residents enjoying the multifaceted arts programme long-in-preparation for its year as European Capital of Culture 2020. Instead, the streets are empty. Its museums, galleries and live music venues are closed. Like everywhere else, the city is at a standstill. However, social distancing did not stop the coming together of Rijeka's well known Josip Kaplan Youth Choir. The group, who are 14 years old and came to wider recognition via successfully appearing in a TV talent show, convened on Skype to record a brilliant version of 'Heal The World'. The Michael Jackson-penned track, originally released in 1991, has never sounded so good! You can watch the inspiring performance below.

'Pride of Croatia' award goes to children's charity 'Teta Pričalica'

'Pride of Croatia' award goes to children's charity 'Teta Pričalica'

Charity project Teta Pričalica was founded in 2009, since gathering over 700 volunteers from across Croatia to read bedtime stories to hospitalised children each night. The project's goal is to help bring light and happiness into the lives of ill children. Not only are children and parents immensely grateful for their work, 24 Sata has, late last month, recognised and rewarded them with the prestigious annual 'Pride of Croatia' award for 2019. © Teta Pričalica In 2006, Portić, an association for child welfare, was founded in Rijeka. To date, they've launched numerous volunteer projects, one of which is 'Teta Pričalica', literally translating to 'lady storyteller'. Female and male volunteers read to children every single night in five cities across Croatia: Rijeka, Zagreb, Split, Čakovec and Pula.  © Teta Pričalica Since March 22, due to COVID-19 isolation measures, the project has moved online. Volunteers continue to read on the Portić Facebook page and Instagram page.   Screenshot of volunteers' videos on the Portić Instagram page     A well-deserved congratulations to all tete (and, of course, gentlemen) pričalice!

Where to stay in Rijeka

Where to stay in Rijeka
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Where to stay in Rijeka

Despite two four-star venues, the Hotel Bonavia Plava Laguna and the Hotel Jadran, the range of accommodation in Croatia’s third-biggest town is disappointing. A short drive down the coast, the new complex of Novi Spa Hotels & Resort should give the various downtown hotels a run for their money. Also, about 20 minutes outside of Rijeka, in the preserved old town of Kastav, the Kukiriku has lodging above its excellent restaurant.

Hotel Bonavia Plava Laguna
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Hotel Bonavia Plava Laguna

Rijeka’s classiest option is a modern business hotel with a spa and gym. Sauna cabins and massage and beauty treatments have also been introduced. The 120 rooms are tastefully done out, the in-house Kamov restaurant is one of the best in town, and the terrace café overlooks the city.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Hotel Continental
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Hotel Continental

The central Continental is in a bulky 100-year-old structure overlooking the canal. Reasonably priced, comfortable and convenient, it’s an excellent choice for those who need an affordable stay in the city centre. The in-house Cont bar has garnered its own crowd thanks to its decent range of craft beers.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Hotel Jadran
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Hotel Jadran

Jadran contains 66 nicely fitted rooms in an enviable shoreside location. Set by Rijeka’s first stretch of swimmable sea with its own stop on the No.1 bus route east of town in Pećine, the Jadran (‘Adriatic’) has been a spot for bathing since it opened in 1914. There’s a supplement charged for sea-facing rooms. Half and full-board deals are available.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Neboder
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Neboder

If you’re looking for a cheapie in town and the Continental is full, come to the aptly named 14-floor ‘Skyscraper’ by the flyover. Following renovations a few years ago it now has an underground car park and café. The wonderful Socialist-era lobby has, sadly, been replaced by something more modern - while the rooms remain adequate.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars

Recommended restaurants in Rijeka

The best Rijeka restaurants
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The best Rijeka restaurants

Rijeka majors in fish, seafood and simple Venetian-inspired dishes, thanks to its seaport location and cultural mixing with nearby Italy. Rijeka has a handful of upscale restaurants that provide international culinary quality, but you can also experience some local specialities at more affordable restaurants. Read on for our critic's guide to the best restaurants in Rijeka. RECOMMENDED: Everything you need to know about Rijeka.  

Conca d'Oro
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Conca d'Oro

With a good location and a reputation as one of the best places in town, this busy cellar restaurant can charge higher prices than most. Along with the usual seafood offerings, appetisers include fish carpaccio with capers, and marinated salmon. The day fish is displayed on ice, and includes a wide selection of molluscs. The hefty salads can work as a small meal, followed by a number of cheeses. Snappy service adds to a pleasant atmosphere.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Tarsa
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Tarsa

Hidden away among quiet suburban lanes behind Trsat’s sports hall, Tarsa could almost be a village inn, and it’s not surprising that it has become one of Rijeka’s prime venues for a slap-up traditional meal. Despite being a modern building the décor is decidedly trad, with plenty of exposed brick and wooden beams. The menu revolves around lavish platters of local meat and fish, grilled or baked; home-made pastas with tangy goulash accompaniment; and some of the Kvarner Gulf’s best pancakes to round things off. Pay particular attention to the platters for two; specialities such as the Franjo Glavinić pork chop stuffed with pršut and mozzarella or the Maksimilijan squid with baked potatoes and vegetables are well worth the extra outlay.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Konoba Na Kantunu
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Konoba Na Kantunu

This once-tiny seafood bistro has expanded into the neighbouring room and kitted itself out with new furniture – its reputation for serving some of Rijeka’s best seafood in a simple setting remains unchanged. Settle at one of the rustic wooden tables in the bright, modern interior and admire the trays of just-caught fish and crustaceans chilling behind the glass. Point at your choice and wait for it to be expertly grilled, perhaps dressed lightly with olive oil and big chunks of sea salt, and then served up as a minimalist masterpiece. The car park terrace gets the sun and gives a view of the docks. You can find fancier, but not much better.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Municipium
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Municipium

Municipium is set in a grand Habsburg-era building, tucked away in a quiet courtyard right in the centre of town. Door staff greet you at the entrance – decorum is all. The menu is vast and fish-oriented, most of it priced in the 300kn/kg range, which is very reasonable considering the quality of service, presentation and the fare itself. Courgettes, wild asparagus and other greens get a look-in and the wine list runs to 150 (mainly Croatian) varieties.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars

The best bars in Rijeka

The best bars in Rijeka
Bars and pubs

The best bars in Rijeka

There's seemingly a bar on every corner in Rijeka. Proud of its Mediterranean café culture, the city's streets are lined with bars of all stripes. From classic downtown bars to grungy pubs and trendy nightspots, here's our pick of the best bars in Rijeka. RECOMMENDED: Your ultimate guide to Rijeka.

Three Monkeys Bar
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Three Monkeys Bar

Opened in November 2018, Three Monkeys Bar has been an immediate hit among Rijeka's mid 20's to early 40's crowd thanks to its swish décor, the theatre of its exemplary service and its refined cocktails. A long, thin venue with funky, exposed lighting hanging from above and a DJ sometimes perched at the end of the bar on weekends, it is frequently busy in the evenings with parties or groups of friends savouring cocktails dressed with slices of cucumber or orange zest and served in deliciously chunky glasses. By day, it serves one of the best coffees to be found in the city, although its vast array of high-quality spirits is also available if you're in the mood. All drinks are prepared by knowledgeable, friendly and extremely well-presented staff.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Book Caffe Dnevni Boravak
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Book Caffe Dnevni Boravak

Living-room-style hangout that will appeal to those who like a bit of culture with their coffee – the floor-to-ceiling shelves are absolutely stacked with books, CDs and vinyl LPs, while a small annexe serves as a cute art gallery. Literary readings and live music feature several times a month; on other days it serves as a mellow social hub for the city’s reading, writing and chatting community.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Samovar Bar
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Samovar Bar

A great little café with cushions, carpets and chandeliers setting an old-fashioned living-room tone, and with outdoor seating right in front of one of Rijeka’s most instagrammable street murals.  As well as being a popular coffee-and-cake stop, it’s also an outlet for locally based tea-blending outfit Samovar (whose shop is just across the way). Sporting energising names such as ‘Torpedo’ or ‘Rijeka Riser’, their blends mix strong black and green teas with floral flavours and aromatic spices.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Beertija
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The Beertija

Uphill from the centre in Trsat but well worth seeking out, this Rijeka branch of Zagreb’s Beertija bar sticks to the same formula – a superb range of bottled beers from all over the world, and well-chosen weekend DJs. Look out, too, for indie nights, Doors tribute bands and all kinds of excuses for a party.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars

The best attractions in Rijeka

The best attractions in Rijeka
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The best attractions in Rijeka

Rijeka remains the northern Adriatic’s main hub of transport and commerce, and as the centre of social and cultural life, it also possesses a palpable year-round buzz. Start at the Korzo, which runs parallel to the harbourfront Riva. St Vitus’ Church, Peek&Poke and Trsat Castle are all standout attractions. RECOMMENDED: More great things to do in Rijeka.

Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre
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Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre

Both an architectural and cultural landmark, Rijeka’s Croatian National Theatre was designed by the same team of architects as its namesakes in Split and Zagreb: Austrian Ferdinand Fellner and his German partner Hermann Helmer. In fact, the pair created dozens of theatres across Europe, from Odessa to Zürich, this one opened in 1885. Though Croatian-language performances here may be of limited interest, there’s also ballet and opera on the agenda, and the interior is worth a look around – Gustav Klimt and brother Ernst helped paint the ceiling before its grand unveiling, a performance of Verdi’s Aida.

Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
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Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art

Founded in 1948, Rijeka’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Muzej moderne i suvremene umjetnosti or MMSU) has long enjoyed a reputation for holding some of the most exciting contemporary art exhibitions in the country. It is also the host of the Biennial of the Quadrilateral, a contemporary art show featuring artists from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Hungary – a quartet of countries that has had a profound effect on the history of Rijeka. Works from the museum’s large permanent collection are rarely seen save during occasional themed exhibitions – the museum’s current home, in the same building as the Rijeka municipal library, is too limited to host more than the (albeit excellent) temporary exhibitions. The MMSU has been promised a new home in the Rikard Benčić palace, built to serve as the HQ of a sugar refinery in 1752 and currently awaiting long-discussed restoration. The completion date lies some way in the future, although the project will help to confirm the MMSU’s status as an increasingly major player in the Central-European art scene. Over the past few years the MMSU has been run by a string of directors who have also been big-hitting curators – a trend that seems set to continue with the arrival of new chief Slaven Tolj (former head of the Lazareti Art Workshop in Dubrovnik).

Trsat Castle
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Trsat Castle

Visit this fort for the panoramic view alone, best enjoyed from the terrace café beneath the Nugent mausoleum – the Kvarner Bay spreads out before you. Irish-born Austro-Hungarian naval commander Laval Nugent-Westmeath fought Napoleon and rebuilt the medieval Frankopan fortress to house his family and his art collection – his hoard of Greek vases can now be seen in Zagreb’s Museum of Archaeology. The mausoleum is worth a look, partly if you like your Central-European history, partly to see how the dynasty looked back then

Natural History Museum
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Natural History Museum

Behind the Governor’s Palace it overlooks, Rijeka‘s Natural History Museum established its large collection of specimens from the Kvarner Bay, Gorski Kotar and Istria, thanks to private collectors from the mid 19th century onwards. Key displays include one of sharks and rays, and a geological history of the Adriatic Sea.

Rijeka nightlife guide

Rijeka nightlife guide
Nightlife

Rijeka nightlife guide

If you're looking for somewhere to drink, dance or party in Rijeka, you're spoilt for choice. Ever rebellious Rijeka has a nightlife scene that matches its reputation as Croatia's most alternative city, with an intoxicating array of fun bars, pubs and clubs. Hit up these late-night bars and clubs in Rijeka to quench your thirst into the early hours.

Crkva
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Crkva

One of Rijeka's greatest nightclubs offering the best in house and techno. Spectacular lights and lasers criss-cross this intimate venue, its DJ booth raised centrally in the room to appear like an altar in a church, from where the DJ delivers their sermon. They host old school techno nights, hip-hop concerts, house music events and just about every Croatian DJ worth their salt, alongside international guests who appear once or twice a month.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Život
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Život

Every city needs a place like Život. A live music venue where you can really let your hair down, Život offers a stage to visiting indie bands and DJs who play everything from grime to Yugoslavian disco. Decorated like your gran's house on drugs-expect to see UV-blasted dollies and dodgy watercolours-it's an essential part of a night out in Rijeka, and its reasonable price-list draws in a loyal crowd.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Tunel
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Tunel

This tunnel dug into a railway embankment is heaving most nights, especially at weekends when there’s usually a band and DJs playing techno and/ or electronica. A vaulted stone ceiling, lasers and a good-looking crowd in their twenties and thirties comprise the decor. Getting to the bar, or just finding a place to stand, can be a challenge. The few tables out front fill up in warmer weather.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Rakhia Bar
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Rakhia Bar

Specialising in rakija, the local form of grappa that comes in all kinds of flavours, Rakhia is essential a lively urban nightspot which programmes live music on Tuesdays, and DJs and parties Thursdays through Saturdays. Scattered in between are rakija tastings for extensive sampling.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars