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    Explore the Croatian countryside and discover the beauty of the natural environment

    Far away from Croatia’s famed beaches and exotic islands, inland Croatia is home to wine roads, historic villages and local cultural traditions. Let’s begin the journey to the heart of Croatia…

    Slavonia – all your senses will be satisfied

    Known by locals as 'Golden Slavonia', this region is renowned for its warm welcome and unrivalled hospitality. Gastronomic delights include homemade bread, greaves (“cvarci”) traditional cured meat products such as kulen, kulenova seka and smoked ham, and traditional fish stew – as well as many other pork, beef and poultry dishes. The desserts are equally delicious – with cakes prepared from leavened dough a local speciality. Do try orahnjača – walnut loaf, makovnjača – poppy loaf and salenjaci - a cake from leavened dough and pork lard.

    If you want to experience the real Slavonia, it’s worth visiting a family-run estate such as as Baranjska kuća - family ethno-restaurant, located in the picturesque village Karanac in Baranja near Beli Manastir. This enchanting place was recognised as the best restaurant in Osječko Baranjska County in 2015. Alternatively, Eco-ethno Village Stara Kapela is located on the slopes of the Požega Mountain and with no mobile signal there’s no better place to relax. If you’re feeling more active, then you can take advantage of the 13 km long bike-hiking path which passes among the hills around the village.

    Eco-ethno Village Stara Kapela also offers a weaving workshop where you can learn a long- forgotten skill of weaving on an antique loom.

    For wine lovers, this region produces some of the best varieties of Riesling, Traminer, Chardonnay, Rizvanac, Pinot Gris wines. The famous wine cellars and vineyards of Ilok are not to be missed - do try the Ilok Traminac (it was even served at the Court of England), Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Rein Riesling, Chardonnay and Frankovka. The biggest wine producer in the region is the “Iločki podrumi” vinery, while a number of small wineries have joined “the wine road of Ilok”, where you can enjoy a series of wine tastings and cellar visits, and traditional dishes along the way.

    VUKOVAR and VINKOVCI– place where the history meets the present

    Vukovar is an old baroque city on the Danube River. The best way to experience Vakovar is on a sightseeing boat, where you can cruise slowly down the Danube, soaking up the town’s archaeological sites.

    Located 5 km from Vukovar is Vučedol – one of the most significant archaeological sites in Europe. There you can visit Vučedol culture Museum - a unique museum dedicated to a prehistoric culture in the Neolithic period / 3,000 to 2,500 BC, where you can learn about the prehistoric production of metal, the oldest Indo – European calendar, a basket - first Indo-European Vučedol house and the oldest prehistoric cart on four wheels.

    The town of Vinkovci, with its long history, is also a part of Vučedol culture. The oldest Indo-European calendar ''Orion'', dating back to 2600 BC, was found there 38 years ago. Twenty years after its discovery, it was established that the engraved ornaments within the calendar represent the constellations which dominate the night sky above Vinkovci.

    The best time of year to visit is in the Autumn, and each September Vinkovic hosts 'Vinkovačke jeseni' (Vinkovci Autumn Days), the greatest folkkore event in this part of Europe. The celebration of national cultural heritage features songs and musical performances.

    Zagreb surroundings – cultural heritage and enchanting nature

    Dolac, a market in Zagreb, offers a wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables, delicious cottage cheese and cream sold by “kumica” - women who produce them on their farms around Zagreb.

    It’s well worth visiting the rural surroundings of Zagreb - where many of these products come from. Away from the hustle and bustle you can visit farming communities, explore the natural environment and enjoy the tranquillity. There are also various sports and recreation contents for those who like more an active vacation, after which you can go sightseeing the area in a hot air balloon. Also, you can explore this area by taking the bicycle tour by following one of 13 bicycle maps.

    Zagreb County is well known for its cultural heritage. You can pay a visit to one of 12 castles and 6 citadels located on the slopes of mountains Žumberačka gora, Samoborsko gorje and Medvednica, where you can learn interesting legends and stories about their construction and its history.

    We also strongly recommend you visit one of 50 manors located in this county, containing antique furniture, weapons, dishes and paintings. Musuems in the area include the Turopolje Museum and the Samobor Museum, for anyone interested in natural science, geology, archaeology, ethnography, as well as the Andautonia Archaeological Park in village Ščitarjevo near Velika Gorica, and the ethno collection at Gorica Svetojanska and in the Bazilian Nunnery at Sošice and Memorial Room of the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac in the old parish hall in municipality Krašić.

    Wine-lovers should check out one of the three wine roads in the area. If you are close to Samobor, then we suggest you explore Samobor wine road and visit one of 15 wine cellars, family farms, pothouses, a wine tasting facilities and wine basements. Plešivica wine road currently features 30 wineries and a third road located at the eastern part of Zagreb County – Zelina wine road, offers visitors Graševina, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Yellow Muscat, Rhine Riesling, Šipon-Moslavac, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Kerner and Kraljevina- a county trademark wine.

    Zagorje region – a paradise for wine lovers

    Zagorje is a cultural and historical region, whose northern part includes Varaždin County and southern part includes Krapinsko-zagorska County and north-western part of Zagreb County. Let’s start with Varaždin, which boasts a rich monumental and artistic heritage. Within the relatively small area of the Old Town, there are preserved palaces, important public buildings, Baroque, Rococo, Classicist and Secessionist houses and villas and one of the oldest City Halls in Europe. Zagorje is well known for its vineyards and wine, so feel free to explore one of four wine roads of Varaždin county – Toplička wine road, Wine road Klampotić, Wine road Jalžabet and Wine road Ludbreg where you can rest in one of the numeruous rural households, enjoy specialites of this region or just take a deep breath and relax in the beauty of Zagorje hills. It would be unforgivable not to mention Castle Trakošćan located only 40 km from Varaždin. Castle Trakošćan is protected as a historical entity, and comprises the castle, the building next to the castle, park and forest park with a lake. In the castle you can explore its exhibition and weapon collection, collection of paintings and prints, furniture collection, books collection and the collection of photographs. Adventure-seekers can go paragliding on Ivanščica and Ravna gora mountains, while bike lovers can explore the European route Mura-Drava… Join and explore beautiful Zagorje...

    Međimurje region – hedonism all the way

    In the northern part of Central Croatia is Međimurje County, where you can enjoy the warmth of people and visit numerous wine houses, cellars and village households where you can taste some of famous Međimurje wines. But, we truly recommend you to ask for Pišipel wine brand of Međimurje, which was revitalized indigenous variety Moslavac (Šipon), distributed in 30 wineries and tasting rooms. We have already mentioned the food, while in Međimurje don’t forget to try meso ‘z tiblice their most famous meat-based dish (cooked cured pork with lard in a wooden barrel), pretepena juha - refreshing creamy meat soup with a lot of vegetables and best known desserts međimurska gibanica (layer cake) and zlevanka (pie made of corn flower and cream). During your stay in this enchanting region, children can learn how to ride a pony on Ponyland ranch and meet other domestic animals. You can explore the city of labyrinths, comprising nine labyrinths each with a different name and meaning, or you can discover the nature and facts about traditions of this region by participating in educational trails named “Murščak” or “Mlinarov put”.

    Karlovac – first museum of freshwater, rafting and canoeing

    Only 55 km southeast from Zagreb Karlovac is located a city which Croats affectionally call 'The town on Four Rivers' – Korana, Mrežnica, Kupa and Dobra. Karlovac is also the intersection of the major roads linking the coastal and inland Croatia. During your visit to Karlovac, you can go nordic walking or explore the nature by regular walking on 70 km long tracks. For hiking lovers there is also good news - Karlovac has 90 km of hiking trails. You can go fishing, rafting or canoeing on one of Karlovac's beauiful and clear rivers, and also visit the the only museum of freshwater in Croatia – Aquatika. This educational and amazing aquarium is home to 100 fish species, 40 endemic species and 5,000 live specimens. During your walk through the aquarium, you will hear the sounds of the river that will evoke the magic of nature under water.

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