International Carnival of Rijeka

Rijeka’s carnival, a month-long party that has been around for the past 100 years, has started. The Carnival features street parties, concerts and contests for the best “ugly mask” leading up to the parade, when floats cram the streets of Rijeka. Traditionally, during the Carnival, the mayor of Rijeka will hand over the keys of the city to the carnival representatives.

Rijeka International carnival 2010

During this period, in Rijeka and the entire Kvarner numerous events, concerts, exhibitions, theatre performances and celebrations will be held. Six centuries of carnival tradition in this area and the influence of the Venetian and Austrian bourgeois carnivals are the basis on which the renewed Rijeka carnival started to create is unique identity


Although its harbour facilities make Rijeka unsuitable for sea-side bathing, the smaller nearby swimming resorts can be recommended. The city’s main attractions are located within a relatively small area. Its Empire and Secessionist style buildings, common to the Monarchy, evoke the atmosphere of Vienna or Budapest