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WorldMediterraneanAdriatic SeaCroatiaKvarner GulfRijeka
Port of Entry
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The busy commercial port of Rijeka lies at the head of the Gulf of Kvarner on the eastern side of the Istrian peninsula in Croatia, around 12 miles NNE of the island of Cres and nine miles NW of the island of Krk. An important harbour for nearly 450 years under the Austro-Hungarian empire, during which industries such as shipbuilding, paper mills and oil refining sprang up in the town, Rijeka came under Italian control from 1919 onwards following the end of the Great War, a situation formally recognized in 1924 with the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The area was subsequently seized by the Nazis after the Italian surrender in 1943, after which it was heavily bombed by the Allies in an attempt to neutralize its oil refining and shipbuilding operations. In 1947 Rijeka was formally ceded to the new Republic of Yugoslavia and nine in ten of the Italian-speaking population went into exile rather than accept life under Communist rule. Today the harbour is Croatia’s busiest, with a container port, shipping lines, oil tankers and ferries operating from its four commercial harbour facilities. Although a port of entry, however, yachts are not encouraged in Rijeka and facilities in the one harbour where they are briefly tolerated for the purpose of clearing in, Gradska Luka, are very basic.


See Kvarner Gulf.


See Croatia.


See Croatia.



Add here VHF channel for the coastguard, harbor masters. etc.

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Plan of Gradska Luka, Rijeka

There are no dangers in the approach to Rijeka, although a careful watch should be kept for commercial traffic entering or leaving the main harbour of Gradska Luka. The long breakwater of Gradska Luka, extending for over a kilometer in an E-W direction from the shore, is usually clearly identifiable from the commercial ships tied up alongside. A tall lighthouse, painted in white alternating bands of black, stands on the shore due N of the entrance to the harbour, which is at the extreme western end of the breakwater. Yachts are discouraged, but may moor at the eastern end of Gradska Luka for the purpose of clearing in.


Rijeka is a port of entry/exit for Croatia. For details see Entrance: Croatia.

The Rijeka harbourmaster’s office is on the eastern side of the basin of Gradska Luka. The customs office is nearby.


Harbour of Rijeka

Rijeka Harbour

Rijeka Harbour/wiki/Rijeka#Rijeka_Harbour
Harbour icon Rijeka Harbour [[Rijeka#Rijeka Harbour|Rijeka Harbour]] 45°19.700'N, 014°25.400'E

Tie up alongside wherever there is space, clear of the commercial vessels and fishing boats. Shelter here is good in most conditions, although strong westerlies create an uncomfortable chop in the harbour.

XX@XXX; Tel: +385 (51) 211 422; Fax: +385 (51) 211 537; VHF channels 10, 16, & 70

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



There are several bays around the Gulf of Kvarner between Opatija and Rijeka where a yacht may anchor in settled weather, but in unsettled conditions a yacht is advised to seek shelter in the marinas in Opatija or Cres.


Water N/A (Not Available)
Electricity N/A
Toilets N/A
Showers N/A
Laundry N/A
Garbage Some bins around the harbour
Fuel Nearest fuel dock in the harbour of Opatija/wiki/Rijeka#.5B.5BOpatija.5D.5DFuel icon Opatija [[Rijeka#Opatija|Opatija]] 45°20.22′N, 14°18.6′E .
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs None
Internet N/A
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Rental outlets in the town


Numerous provisions shops in the town.

Eating out

Numerous bars and restaurants in the town.


  • Airport on the island of Krk (30 km)
  • Regular buses to Zagreb
  • Domestic and international trains to Zagreb, Trieste, Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich and Salzburg

Things to do Ashore



Give a short history of the port.

Places to Visit

The mediaeval castle of Trsat

There is little of tourist interest in Rijeka, since sadly much of the finest architecture was flattened during World War II. The unusual circular 17th century cathedral of St Vitus is worth a visit if you are here, but there are much better ones elsewhere in Croatia, e.g Porec and Sibenik. Another unusual attraction that will probably appeal to those with an interest in military history is a torpedo factory where, during the days of Austro-Hungarian rule, the first naval torpedo was tested in 1866. Lovers of exercise will appreciate the climb to the top of the hill of Trsat which overlooks the town, where there is a restored mediaeval castle as well as the important church of Our Lady of Trsat and a nearby Franciscan monastery.

It's worth a walk along the main pedestrian street, Kozo. There is also a quite remarkable building of the National Theatre (Hrvatsko narodno kazalište) and 3 buildings of the covered market nearby.

A short bus ride to Opatija is worth an effort. Get off at Volosko and have a walk towards Opatija along the coastal promenade (obalno šetalište Franje Josipa I).


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


For other useful websites, see Croatia.


See Croatia.


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