John Paul II (in Croatia we call him Ivan Pavao) is considered to be our pope, Croat catholics loved him alot. There are number of statues to John Paul II, all over Croatia, remembering his visits to our country. This one in Trsat was made after he visited the sanctuary of Virgin Mary.
Mountaineers tip: Climb to mountain Ucka from Lovran or go to Hahlici (by car or by bus to Podkilavac) then choose the way for climbing.
About 15 km from Rijeka on North is Hahlici!!!
This picture is from Ucka!!!
Mountaineers said that the best view in Croatia from some mountain is from Ucka (because from there where is clear weather you can see whole Kvarner bay, whole Istria, and even Venice in Italy).
Take bus 32 on Jelacic square in Rijeka to Lovran. There find mountaineers markers.
This Medieval town is 886 feet high on the hilltop, and has houses stringing along the road up to the old main gate entry, which is from the 14th century. The newer gate dates to the 16th century, and the defense walls are from 12-13th centuries. The St. Stephen church is the main feature up at the top, and is said to be designed by Palladio in Renaissance style, and the church built early 1600's, but the belfry is form 13th century and is part of the first church on the site. It has paintings from 17th century and marble statues of old of St. Stephen and St. Laurence.
Inside the old gate is/was a communal palace and Romanesque house that was built in 12th century, and updated in 16th and 17th centuries. Of great interest is the cemetery at the entrance that is back to early AD period. Today, there are grave laid just recently, though, and multiple family members in a plot.
The town is pretty touristy and buses come her besides. That makes it one of those you wander to the top, maybe window shops, and leave. Parking is at the foot of the hill for $3 charge; a rip for 2 hour visit. You can take a set of steps of maybe 300 or so as an alternative.
From Rijeka, take Auto highway 8, and go through Pazin for about 18 miles north
This hilltop village has only 250 people. Formation of a settlement dates back to early BC based on archaeological findings in the 1800's. The village once was surrounded by a defensive wall. A number of the houses are from 15-17th centuries. The center is anchored by the the church of St. Martin that was built in 1431. It has had a modernization, but the interior infrastructure remains, along with some frescoes from inception. The church is usually closed.
The more important is the church of St. Mary (Sveta Marija na Skirlinah) from the Middle Ages. This was the church by the cemetery and in 1474 Vincent of Kastav painted frescoes of the life of Jesus and Mary, as well as the adornment of the of saints and poses of death nel for rulers and gentry in the middle of the Dance of Death painting. In the 18th century, the walls was mortared over, so preserved a lot of the frescoes, which were re-discovered in 1913. This is by far close to equal of Giotto frescoes in Padova chapel in Italy.
YOu need to find the woman that opens the door to St. Mary by going to #38 house in the square, and she takes you down to the church; about 1/2 mile down the hill. Tip her for that is all she earns for this.
Take A8 auto highway to Pazin for 20 miles and go through it toward Motovun. Beram is 6 miles out of Pazin.
This town had control of much territory in the region back in Medieval ages to about 1600. Feudal lords reigned the territory and used the other towns to support the Pazin economic needs. It sits about 400 feet on a hill and at the top is the old castle/fortress, called Castle of Pazin. It is first known to exist from writings in 983. Through about 1400 the castle was under control of local rulers, but then Austrians took over, and in 1506 Venetians took over, but destroyed much of the castle in fighting.
On one side is the most magnificent hole/abyss Jama, a unique natural monument, that has an endless bottom not seen from top level. The Karst Cliffs are sheer and steep rough limestone rock and drop down of 100 meters to the base of the Pazincia river. That river runs into a cave that forms three lakes underground and under the castle hill. The exploration of the cave and lakes is ongoing today and so far they ventured about 600 feet. The abyss never runs dry, even is the worst drought weather.
Besides the castle, which has a very fabulous and expansive ethnographic museum inside that got its start in 1955. The town also has church of St. Nicholas dating to 1266, but rebuitt in 15th and 18th centuries. The bell tower is from 1705.
Take auto highway A8 20 miles to Pazin
The city has been a focal point for trading since the Medieval Ages. Roman used it for a harbor and protection defenses from the water side. The small town that winds around the bay is a short three block area. There used to be an industry here processing Coke/coal, but now closed so pollution reduced. NOw they promote tourism and some ship trade. There is a lower and upper BAkar, and are right off E65 Hwy
This is a settlement from Medieval times. It has been under control of Pazin rulers, and Venetian, then Austrian for a few. The town gate is still intact from 1718. SAn Nicolo church is from 6th century but restored in 1843, 1959 and 1982. SAn Giocomo is form the 15th century, but no entry is allowed due to conditin is deteriorated. SAn Antonio is the same condition but has faded frescoes to peek through the window.
Today it is a working village for the locals from around the community to come to town to shop. There are three churches here to see--but all were closed, and maybe only one may be open for viewing at times. The others are getting close to state of disrepair. The reason we stopped here was to go into the churches. The village is still worth a quick one hour visit. Take Hwy 66 that becomes 21 north from Pula for about 18 miles.
As you wind up the road toward the top of the hill , the impressive monuments stand out. This was one of the better villages to stop for a day or so and enjoy all the sites to tour, and the old architecture. The coal mining industry was what kept this town thriving and finally ceased operation in 1988. In the museum, they have a replicated mine underground (not for the claustrophobic). The museum is a great presentation of ethnographic items and artifacts of the town, in a setting of a beautiful palace. On the top if the Fortica-fortress remains. It has been controlled by Pazin rulers in 1300's. The town has done a splendid job of directing you to all the sites. Do not forget to go to the top of the tower for a view of the Adriatic and Rabac.
Direction are to take Hwy 21 south from Riejka for about 25 miles
The village is located about 10 kilometers northwest of Rijeka, or 5 kilometers northeast of Opatija, going through Mutlija town. It is a village with a couple of churches from the 13th and 18th centuries, and a fortress walls surrounding it, as well as parks to enjoy. It is about 1200 feet in elevation, so the climate is better here in hot summer days. The views from here to Hvarner BAy are nice.
This island is the biggest of Croatia at 409 square meters. It has over 30 small villages/towns. The length is about 20 miles and only 8 miles wide. If you plan a circuit route, you can see the more important villages and sites. Almost all of these places are old and "untouched" except for Krk town, which is a tour bus mecca.
Krk has a huge Cathedral that can be toured for the treasury and inside the church. It also has Frankopan Castle, but it is closed; looks like for good, so only outside pics. Omisalj is the first town after coming across the Krk bridge, and has St. Nicole church as the major site. It is a living village for the locals, but they also do want tourism and stays to come here. Vrbnik is a real treat in that it has a number of small winding streets in this small village. In addition, there are two primary churches to view.
Rare are the regions, if they exist at all, capable of supplying man's senses and enriching him with peace and strength such as the Premuzic Trail crossing the North Velebit National Park. It is an approximately 50 km long mountaineering tourist trail, in many aspects without peer in Croatia and abroad.
Go to visit Volosko.
Formerly fishing village with few good restaurants and taverns today becomes gastronomic center of Kvarner region, where you can taste many Istrian and fish specialties. From Volosko begins 12 kilometers long Lungomare walkable all the way to Lovran, passing by well known Opatija, Ika and Ičići.
To visit Volosko coming from Rijeka you can take bus No.32 toward Lovran. It takes approximately 20 minutes from Jelačić square.
Take a trip from Rijeka to Crikvenica through the Vinodolska dolina ( Vine Valley )!
There you can find a nice countryside and a small towns like Drivenik. There is a castle and a beautiful lake for fishing.
Vine Valley is great place for extreme sports - paragliding, mountain biking, free climbing...etc.
For panoramic 360? view click link below
As in many other places a completely new city have been built in the close neighborhood of the old city. New Rijeka has sprouted on the height of Rijeka, close to the old city of Trsat. Next time I visit Rijeka, I will have a closer look.
Well, Ivan being nice as he was took me to a seaside near Rijeka !
Not exactly a seaside for the tourists but more like fun seaside with amazing views !
Snapped this photo & I could see Opatija, in the not too distance land ! Well, about 13 km or so...
The photo was taken nearly sunset which I loved most being there...with Ivan (NO ! we were not in love !).