View of Kraljevica

Location of Kraljevica in Croatia

Coordinates: 45°12′52″N 14°35′51″E / 45.21444°N 14.59750°E / 45.21444; 14.59750
Country  Croatia
County Primorje-Gorski Kotar
  Mayor Nada Turina Đurić (HNS)
  Total 17 km2 (7 sq mi)
Population (2011)
  Total 4,618
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Kraljevica (known as Porto Re in Italian and literally translated as "King's cove" in English) is a town in the Kvarner region of Croatia, located between Rijeka and Crikvenica, approximately thirty kilometers from Opatija and near the entrance to the bridge to the island of Krk. Its population is 2,857 and a total of 4,618 in the municipality (2011),[1] and it is administratively governed under the Rijeka civil authority. The town is known for its shipyard which has built a number of ships for the Croatian navy.


Kraljevica is a town that was written about as early as the 13th century. Today, in addition to having the oldest shipyard on the Adriatic,[2] Kraljevica's skyline is dominated by two medieval castles and a church of the Croatian nobles Zrinski and Frankopan. Kraljevica's shipyard employed Josip Broz Tito, the former leader of Yugoslavia, during the first half of the 20th century in his early years of organizing for the Communist Party. After he became marshal of Yugoslavia following World War II the shipyard took his name, until democratic changes in the 1990s.

Today Kraljevica is also a popular tourist destination on the Adriatic coast. The Krk Bridge is located nearby, in the southeast part of the city.


  1. "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Kraljevica". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  2. "Brodogradilište Kraljevica ide u stečaj". (in Croatian). Croatian Radiotelevision. HINA. 22 March 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2015.

Coordinates: 45°16′N 14°34′E / 45.267°N 14.567°E / 45.267; 14.567

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