Gastronomy

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”

Anthony Bourdain

Like its culture, Croatian culinary tradition is an exciting mix of different influences; a bit of playful Mediterranean, a dash of mystical Ottoman with a hint of Central European finesse. It is difficult to find a place with such contrasts over such a small area. It is the abundance of fresh, locally sourced ingredients that is the basis of each of the many distinct gastronomical Croatian regions.

Strong and clean Mediterranean flavours define the cuisine of the Croatian coast, the focus being on the quality produce found at every corner. It can be fresh fish, langoustines or oysters straight from the Adriatic. It can be olive oil, wild asparagus and truffles from Istria’s oak forests.

The continental part is a delicatessen paradise. Inspired by the culinary traditions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the west, and Ottoman Empire in the east, it boasts a wide variety of cured meats, forest fruits, freshwater fish and sweet delicacies.

Creative contemporary Croatian cuisine is now redefining old traditions. Keeping strong ties with local producers, a new generation of chefs are telling the centuries’ old stories in a new and exciting way. This is making Croatia’s vibrant gastronomy scene the new talk of the town and drawing the attention of the world’s critics who are putting Croatian restaurants in their renowned guides such as Michelin and Gault-Millau.

You will enjoy Croatia for many reasons, but you will absolutely fall in love with the way it tastes.

Wine

Although it boasts more than two millennia of tradition, with 4 distinct wine regions and 60 native grape varieties, the Croatian wine story is still waiting to be told. Nestled in southeast Europe across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia has the perfect climate for making wine. New generations are nurturing their family traditions along with bringing fresh ideas and energy. There are now more passionate winemakers than ever before bringing home many awards to Croatia’s emerging wine scene.

From the aromatic Slavonian Grasevina and the mild whites from the Zagorje rolling hills, to the refreshing Istrian Malvasia and the mighty red Plavac in Dalmatia. All perfect examples of terroir, pairing wonderfully with local dishes.

Our wine experiences let you discover the different facets of this vibrant wine scene, through tasting, meeting the winemakers and participating in the process of wine creation.

So, breathe in deeply and let yourselves be taken to an extraordinary place.

Wine

Although it boasts more than two millennia of tradition, with 4 distinct wine regions and 60 native grape varieties, the Croatian wine story is still waiting to be told. Nestled in southeast Europe across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Croatia has the perfect climate for making wine. New generations are nurturing their family traditions along with bringing fresh ideas and energy. There are now more passionate winemakers than ever before bringing home many awards to Croatia’s emerging wine scene.

From the aromatic Slavonian Grasevina and the mild whites from the Zagorje rolling hills, to the refreshing Istrian Malvasia and the mighty red Plavac in Dalmatia. All perfect examples of terroir, pairing wonderfully with local dishes.

Our wine experiences let you discover the different facets of this vibrant wine scene, through tasting, meeting the winemakers and participating in the process of wine creation.

So, breathe in deeply and let yourselves be taken to an extraordinary place.

Culture and traditions

It’s always an enchanting experience to discover new cultures. To discover that of Croatia and the surrounding countries is an experience on a completely different level. Croatia has forever been a crossroads of the influences from the West and the East. Numerous civilisations have all left their mark on today’s society and traditions.

Although a country with an enormous sense of national pride, strong regional differences which reflect their turbulent histories are still very present. A lot of effort is put into conserving the old, be it language, gastronomy or folklore. And all these regions are bustling with monuments, revealing fascinating secrets about old cultures. There is plenty to choose from with, among others, 7 sites on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. From Roman amphitheatres to Ottoman mosques, from Venetian renaissance estates to Austro-Hungarian theatres.

History is very much alive here. Come with us for a first-hand experience of history unfolding before you.

Nature

Home of some of the rarest landscapes in Europe, with more than 10% of its territory under protection, Croatia offers spectacular diversity. You can enjoy sunny Mediterranean seascapes on the coast and then go to the rugged mountainous regions and lush green river deltas in the north in no time.

Its endless coastline with more than 1,000 islands is pure drama. The crystal-clear Adriatic Sea reflects the bare jagged mountains on one side and the small historic island towns on the other. This is in perfect contrast with the sparsely inhabited mountainous inland regions covered with dense green forests that abound with wildlife. It’s a quiet and serene place where you can totally relax taking in nature’s sounds and colours. A perfect backdrop for your culinary adventure.

Further east, vast flatlands and huge river deltas create a unique, incredibly biodiverse area where you can enjoy the game that hundreds of migratory birds play year after year.

Should you choose the magical Plitvice Lakes National Park or any other of the 19 national and nature parks in Croatia, you will experience unforgettable moments that will stay with you forever.

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Hidden Adriatic Ltd., Travel Agency
Vlade Grozdanića 16, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Tel. +385 (0)98 970 9147
+385 (0)95 905 6729
info@hidden-adriatic.com
www.hidden-adriatic.com
Company No 4873831 Registered at Rijeka Commercial Court
VAT No HR47300376361
Account Number (IBAN) HR4624020061100865586 Erste Bank Rijeka
SWIFT ESBCHR22