Traveling anywhere, the local cuisine is a perfect way to capture the essence of the place. Enjoy the magic of food paired perfectly with wine and surrounded by natural beauty and the priceless cultural heritage of Croatia. It is a total experience of sensation and magic arising from a harmony of taste, bouquet, style and texture.
“A meal without a wine is like a day without sunshine”
– Jean Savarin
We can start our gastronomy tour in the capitol of Croatia, a 1000 year old city that still preserves its historical identity and charm with its neo gothic cathedral, entrance to the city walls “Kamenita vrata”, the open market Dolac, numerous parks and pedestrian zones and hundreds of small restaurants and bars in Tkalčićeva street or Cvjetni square where you can drink your long coffee just like in some small Mediterranean town. Zagreb’s architecture as well as its gastronomy has roots in the Austro Hungarian tradition – this is why some of the dishes such as “Kajzersmaren” will be seen as typical both in Croatia and Austria. Pepper biscuits and “licitars hearts” colorfully decorated in the typical Croatian way can be perfect souvenirs.
A picturesque part of inner Croatia is called “Zagorje“ with its green slopes, free cattle, and traditional small houses, which will impress you with its “zagorske štrukle” (cheese puff pastries), “zagorska soup”, and baked turkey with mlinci (pasta tatters). After visiting the perfectly preserved old castle “Veliki tabor”, we can walk (or drive) a part of the wine road and try a glass of “zagorsko” wine.
On our way to the sea, in the heart of a conifer forest, near the Bajer lake and cave Vrelo, lose yourself in unforgettable specialties of the small village of Fuzine: homemade sausages with cabbage, “sarma” (stuffed cabbage rolls), bear paw, frog legs, roasted dormouse, strudel with forest fruits and many others.
Whether you’d like to try creative dishes with shellfish, fresh fish and crabs, Istrian truffles, prosciutto or wild asparagus, you can find them in one of the numerous luxury restaurants or cozy taverns in this romantic magical town. The Old town rises up on a peninsula and has been witness to times gone by and the invaluable accomplishments of its past artisans. It used to be a fishing town and in 1963 was declared a cultural monument with its narrow buildings, streets and small town squares and the magnificent baroque church of St. Eufemia.
“Everything we offer you is grown in our home” is the motto that makes this region one of the most attractive gastronomic destinations in Europe. Throughout history inland Istria – Grožnjan, Hum, Motovun, Buzet – was not as developed as the coastal towns and villages and the peasants produced only the indispensable. The rich gastronomic heritage based on truffles, asparagus, olive oil and prosciutto made in the traditional way will delight even the most demanding connoisseur – “Fritaja with asparagus”, “Žgvacet”, “Maneštra”, “Pljukanci”, “Fuži with truffles”, “Boškarin” (authentic Croatian bull) and “Fritule” are just some of their traditional recipes. Istrian white Malvazija and red Teran put Istria among the 10 best wine destinations in the world according to the Wine Enthusiasts Group.
Have a safe trip home…
…while planning your next visit for more undiscovered pleasures in this lovely part of Europe!
Tour price per person (based on 2 guests in double occupancy): From xxx €
Tour price per person (based on 6 guests in double occupancy): From xxx €
- Accommodations in 4 or 5 stars hotels, breakfast included
- All transfers in private vehicles with drivers
- Professional guides
The above itinerary is only suggested and it can be adopted according to your personal desires. Please contact our travel experts.
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