Rijeka is a beautiful city on the even more beautiful Kvarner Bay in Croatia. There are still traces of the old Hapsburg Monarchy in the stunning architecture, it is fascinating to explore. Parallel to the harbor, Korzo Street has shops and cafes for delicious Croatian seafood stop in at the art nouveau fish market hall for mussels and oysters right from the bay.

The Governor’s Palace offers grand views over the harbor and views of the grand Hapsburg interiors inside. Next climb the 16th century Petar Kruzic Stairway to the top of Trsat hill to visit the Church of Our Lady. All along the Stairway, there are chapels dedicated to saints. Wear comfortable shoes, there are over 500 steps to the top.

Finally, ferry to the islands around the bay, which Conde Nast Traveler calls “little haikus of holiday”: cycle around Kirk, then stop for a bit at Baska beach – beautiful sand, clear water and “ice cream stands galore.”