The Orthodox Church of St Nicholas was built by Hencke in 1787. The street going from the clock tower to the sea takes its name. The facade of the church is Central European Baroque. The plans of the architect can still be seen, although the church was partially destroyed by an earthquake. Migrant Serbs, who served as interpreters in trade between Turks and Austrians, were the majority of the Orthodox community in the city of Rijeka. It is said that they insisted on getting permission to build and were so insistent that they annoyed people in Rijeka. The church is near the sea, visible to all, and especially Orthodox citizens who then began to build their houses around the church, a little way away from the city walls, but on a busy street. In the church there are classic icons, a baroque desk, and older objects that the Orthodox community acquired later.
Opatija is a beautiful town on the coast of Croatia. About 10 kms from the city of Rijeka. To get here, you can take one of the city buses that depart every 20 minutes from Rijeka. If you're coming from Trieste in Italy, there is a direct bus. We drove, but the village is built on the coast, so you have to leave the car a little way outside the centre, as its streets are mainly pedestrianised. In the western part of the town, there is a pretty fishing harbour, and then along the avenue (like a boardwalk) along the coast, you can reach the centre and a few more touristy places. In the background gazing out from Opatija you can the see the more industrail part of Rijeka, not the prettiest sight. But the village itself is very cute. Rich industrialists from Rijeka looking for a place a little out of town came here originally, seeking a quieter place to come and spend the summer. This city was built as a resort in the 1850s. Now there's a bit of everything, Croats, Italians mostly, and some tourists from further afield.
Ivan Kobler Square is near the tower of the city's old door step. When arriving by sea, you'll enter the medieval Rijeka. There you'll be in the heart of the old city. The current Koblerov square was the Placa, and has a lower surface that's somewhat narrower than the community center of the city from the Middle Ages. The illustrations show how old the city center is, with its clock tower and city hall, and the houses of the important people. In the north, the patrician-dominated Rijeka Castle, and to the east there's the main church where the faithful used to gather. In the south, near the port and commercial center, the pier, the walls of the city, is where you can find what was the center of secular life. It's where people listened city messenger announcements municipal signed agreements, buying and selling, outside or in tents on the ground floor of the houses, which are still visible today.
The Korzo is the central artery of Rijeka. It is a lively pedestrianized street which is always very busy and whose name comes from the Italian Corso, which means the main shopping street of a city. The Korzo took on its current form at the beginning of the twentieth century. The main promenade is the main meeting place for people in the city and the street monuments have also become symbols of the city. The style is classic, modern and urban. Building in the city during the late nineteenth century damaged Korzo's beauty a little but there are beautiful buildings from pre-communist times. There were small coastal houses near the walls but these were destrotyed and replaced by newer town houses. There is something for everyone in the Korzo - bars, restaurants and shopping and in summer there are concerts and festivals.
The lungo mare is a boardwalk with an Italian name, used by the rich bourgeois of Rijeka when they came to cool off in Opatija, away from the industrial city during the summer. Today you can still admire the beautiful houses that were built at the beginning of the last century, each trying to prove to its neighbor it was the best, and at the same time have a simple way of life for a weekend on the coast. The houses are functional but refined. The lungo mare is about 6 km long, from the fishing village east of Opatija, to the exit of the city on the other side where the cliffs of Istria Pula start. Life is still pretty quiet out there, the fishermen return in the morning and try to sell their fish at the port. Then they are replaced by the tourists who come to tan. The beaches of the Adriatic here are not sandy. It's also nice to take a walk at the end of the afternoon.
Ika is a little village that's located on the coast of Istria, in northern Croatia. If you're leaving from Opatija Rijeka or Pula direction, you can find Ika about 10 kilometers away from Opatija. The beach is a little quieter, but it's a shame that the Pula Rijeka road gets bisected. It means that the kids can't go to the beach alone, because crossing it is too dangerous. So if you want an ice cream and you're on the beach, you have to get dressed and go to the other side. During the day it's fine, and for many, it's the best option. Or you can find find a campsite or a hotel with pool, there are plenty to choose from at the entrance and exit of the village. Ika also has a supermarket to help you out with your groceries. Once you get away from the main road there will be small beaches you can walk to that will be nicer.
The beach (pebbles of course) is located near the village of Orlec on the island of Cres. At the car park, leave the car on the hill and you can continue on foot. From above, the view of the bay is breathtaking and the blue-green color of the sea is spectacular...you get the urge to dive from the top! The descent to the beach is easy, but the ascent is quite challenging as it's very steep. The beach is not very long, maybe 50 meters more or less, and I recommend you get there early in the morning and well-equipped, as there is absolutely nothing in terms of amenities. Arm yourself with flippers and a mask and take a swim around the reef, there are lots of fish and starfish.