BBC to Feature European Capital of Culture Rijeka and Kvarner

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 28th of January, 2020, the widely popular BBC Getaways programme, dedicated to 2020’s most attractive tourist destinations from around the world, was filmed right here in Croatia. The episode which explores the area of Rijeka and Kvarner will be aired ahead of the official opening programme of Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020.

British TV presenters Jennifer Reoch and Joe Lindsay will introduce viewers to Rijeka and Kvarner, and the historical significance of Opatija, fondly known as the “old lady of Croatian tourism” and highlight the benefits of health tourism in this particular part of Croatia.

Villa Angiolina will be shown, as will what was once the very first hotel on the Croatian coast, Hotel Kvarner, and a BBC crew will also sail along the Lungomare Promenade.

As it uncovers Rijeka and Kvarner, the BBC programme will showcase some of the main sights of the City of Rijeka, as well as locations included in the European Capital of Culture programme, from the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka to the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, to the Peek&Poke Museum to Trsat and the famous Trsat castle.

The content of the show will then be further enriched by a visit to the beautiful island of Krk, where the hosts will taste Valomet sparkling wine and present the entire Rijeka and Kvarner region as a year-round destination with a rich and innovative offer to boast.

When presenting the show, presenter Joe Lindsay especially emphasises Rijeka as a city break destination with some high potential and different things to do which are ideal for the British broadcast market.

”I’m delighted with Rijeka and believe that British tourists have yet to discover it. It will undoubtedly become a hit destination of intriguing history that is less well known in the UK. I was happy to discover that Rijeka is home to torpedoes, and I also learned the link between the city and George Von Trapp, which served as the inspiration for the movie “My Songs, My Dreams.” Although I’m not a lover of technology, I was fascinated by the innovative museums such as Peek&Poke and the exquisite architecture of the Ivan pl. Zajc theatre. I plan to return again soon, and I especially want to visit the Galeb yacht,” said Lindsay.

The BBC Getaways show features attractive destinations worldwide, and along with Rijeka, Opatija and the island of Krk, the new season will include destinations such as Menorca, Philadelphia, Prague, Brno, Crete and Seville.

Make sure to follow our travel page for more on Rijeka and Kvarner as Rijeka becomes 2020’s European Capital of Culture.


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