for some nicer scenery, Opatija riviera is it. but to do no injustice to Rijeka, there is a lovely pedestrian zone in the centre, Korzo, and also the Trsat castle, with an ancient Roman temple, and above all a beautiful view of the Kvarner bay. when thinking of Rijeka, though, the first thing that comes to mind is 'port' - it's a business city, with the usual daily biz buzz. hence the recommendations for Opatija... check more on Rijeka at www.tz-rijeka.hr/en/Home.aspx?PageID=61
Happy summed it up about Rijeka. I would add green and fish market (early in the morning!), the Theatre, the Governor's palace and the buildings of the Court and the prison. :) You can see most of these in my MTB Street view movies from Rijeka. Perhaps start here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7VTsHBfvYs.
Also, if you're a football fan, you should visit the FC Rijeka's stadium in Kantrida (bus #1 and #32 from the ciry centre). It's pretty much in the sea, very interesting.
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