Croatia is fast growing into the number one eastern European holiday destination, but one of its less celebrated delights is the harbour town of Rijeka.
Located on the stunning Adriatic, its rugged coastline and numerous gentle bays make Rejeka ideal for swimming and other aquatic activities.
But it is not just all about a languid beach life. Every year the town comes alive with its annual carnival – an event that has a 100-year-old tradition and attracts numerous masks and carnival groups, spectators and media, as well as guests from around the country and abroad.
The events are a mixture of the bourgeois carnival and the ancient Slavs’ folklore elements and mythology.
The Rijeka Carnival runs between mid January and mid February and it all kicks off with the Carnival Queen Contest and the Opening Ceremony with the Mayor’s symbolic delivery of the City keys to the Master of the Carnival.
Concerts, exhibitions, parties, performances and other festivities fill the days that precede the major event – the International Carnival Parade.
Hundreds of floats, thousands of masks and streets crowded by spectators are the result of a competitive spirit built on originality, inventiveness and wittiness.
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