hidden europe 67

Adventures of the Jadran

by hidden europe


The Jadrolinija shipping routes of yesterday saw sailings from Venice to Piraeus with half a dozen stops along the way. It was possible to sail direct from Opatija to Corfu or from Venice to Rijeka. We take a look at inshore shipping down the eastern shores of the Adriatic.

It wasn’t only from the Soviet Union and Poland that elegant passenger ships set sail for western waters. In Tito’s Yugoslavia, the need to secure hard currency and a natural desire to see national values and culture promoted abroad deeply influenced the strategies of the two state-owned shipping companies. An exhibition in Rijeka this summer marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of Jugolinija, a shipping company which was based in the Croatian city. Jugolinija did much in the socialist era to consolidate Rijeka’s position as Yugoslavia’s premier port and there are many in the city who regret the company’s dissolution in 2002. The exhibition, called Tales of the Blue Horizon , charts how Jugolinija’s network once spanned the oceans.

Related article

Editorial hidden europe 67

In hidden europe 67, we go mountain hiking in Croatia's Kvarner region, ponder the relationship between mining and cultural heritage, take to the rails in Germany with a wonderful slow travel deal and discover a former Catholic seminary in the Braes of Glenlivet. We also visit both Hoek van Holland and Harwich and make tracks for an unsung delta on the Adriatic.