Only three stops left of my interrail tour this summer, with Rijeka being the first of those three. Soon after checking out of the hostel, we left Zagreb by train (what else?). The route led through very beautiful and diversified landscapes and we were blessed with magnificent weather… As we approached Rijeka, we saw a huge industrial area and started to doubt whether there would be decent camping sites near the sea. The tourist info confirmed our assumptions: Rijeka was a gas and oil port. The nearest place was about 20min away from the city… Well, we bought tickets, boarded the bus and started to look for our camping site.
It turned out to be directly beside the street. The “Autokamp Preluk” was a cosy and lovely place… Not. Ok, it was cheap, we had fast internet that no-one seemed to use and it was at the sea. The “beach”, however, was approximately 10x10m wide and, therefore, crowded with people. Apart from the beach, there were some rocks that protruded into the sea, but unfortunately they smelled like, well let’s be honest: It smelled like shit there. Bad, really bad. I forgot to mention that it started to drizzle when we arrived at the Autokamp, but luckily it didn’t last very long. Our friendly Austrian camping neighbour informed us that only some cities further, there would have been beautiful bays and camping sites… The water was chilly, it was about to rain, the beach was stony and except from a small bakery, the next supermarket was about 4km away in Opatija. We couldn’t help but laugh about the dump, we had chosen. To crown it all, I unintentionally spilt our noodles+cheese ready-made meal while cooking on the gas cooker. Luckily, the shop assistant from the bakery sold us some cheese at a lower price (we ran out of Croatian cash) and thus saved our meal and day.
The most exiting event was the day, when we left the permanent camper filled Autokamp to go shopping in the city Opatija about 4km from our site. When we finally arrived in a Billa supermarket, we were nearly dehydrated: Instead of the rain, we now had to face the heat. The other time, we went swimming, browsed through the internet and hung out… Yeah!
On our last day, we checked out early, went to Rijeka again to take a closer look at the city itself. We saw the Leaning Tower of Rijeka, some churches, and the famous market. Three buildings: First of all some miscellaneous stands. Between the first and the second building, fruits and vegetables of all sorts and colours. Second building: Meat and sausages – the smell of blood and meat almost made me throw up. It was so disgusting. Outside of the building, fruit and vegetables again. Third building: Fish market – same as above… The smell was so nauseating, everywhere you looked dead animals, cut in half, dead eyes. Well, I don’t want digress, but have you ever thought about going vegetarian? You can inform yourself here (English / Deutsch)…
With my 18kg backpack on, I didn’t feel like going up 565 steps (Tüftl counted them) to a castle, so I just strolled around the city, took some pictures, met a street musician who wanted to sell me his books of poetry (in German!), one being called “Durch die Windhose”… I regret not having bought them, but too late. The three of us met again at the train station, and boarded our 2pm train to Ljubljana!
Here are the photos of Rijeka (August 22, 2009 – August 24, 2009).