One of the most famous travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveller, has recently published an article listing The best holiday destinations for 2020. Croatia found its place on the list and the representative for 2020 is Rijeka.
-Towards the end of every year we look at the year ahead through a cultural lens, with a focus on major events and trends around the world – in 2020, for example, the Olympics will take place in Japan, and closer to home is an Irish city that’s been named a European Capital of Culture. But, of course, we also canvas the views of all our well-travelled editors for the places they’re most excited about – in this instance not just for the next 12 months, but heading into a new decade - Condé Nast Traveller writes.
Rijeka is on the 19th place of the list, described as the industry-heavy city that is flaunting its cultural prowess.
-Travellers tempted to speed their way through Rijeka – Croatia’s third-largest city – on their way to Dalmatia’s tourist-bloated islands should tarry awhile. The city’s pretty-gritty blend of charming monuments, urban beaches, thrumming street festivals and intoxicating Italianate grandeur is finally starting to find its very own sort of allure. The seaside citadel has been dubbed Red Rijeka because of its locals’ left-leaning views. The shipbuilding port is also known for its pioneering punk-rock heritage (label boss Goran Lisica Fox once described it as a musical Galapagos). In fact, in an unremarkable street, a few blocks down from the 19th-century Governer’s Palace you’ll find a discrete plaque marking the former site of Husar, Croatia’s first ever rock’n’roll club, and arguably the first of its kind in Communist-controlled Europe – it's written in the article.
They add that forward-thinking visitors to Rijeka are reaping the benefits of the imaginatively crammed vaults of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the just-caught fish at the sublimely unfussy Konoba Na Kantunu, while crowds battle for sunbed space further south in Split and Hvar. The city’s appeal will be further bolstered, no doubt, by the fact that Rijeka has been named a European Capital of Culture for 2020 alongside Galway. In preparation, works are underway on Rijeka’s first-ever art quarter, to be built on the former Bencic industrial complex, while sites such as the Sugar Refinery Palace – the future home of the Rijeka City Museum – and T-object,where the Rijeka City Library will throw down its roots, are being completely reconstructed.
-The flagship Kitchen of Diversity will also set up shop in the the Bencic complex, in the new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and will host workshops, discussions and cultural programmes designed to shine a harsh light on the experiences of migrants from other parts of Europe (Rijeka used to be the departure point for emigrants moving to the Americas in the early 20th century). When the cement settles, Rijeka will soon be challenging its beachier counterparts as Croatia’s must-visit destination – the author concludes.
See the full list here.