Did you realize that wild earthy colored bears actually wander the woodlands of Slavonia? Or then again, that the district delivers a portion of Europe’s best white wine?
Situated between the Danube, Sava and Drava streams in eastern Croatia, Slavonia, and close by Baranja, are grounds of fruitful fields and antiquated woods, saturated with custom and seventeenth century fables.
Sunflowers in Slavonia
Sunflowers in Slavonia (c) xbrchx
Throughout the late spring months, the fields burst with sunflowers in the midst of pretty, rustic houses. The urban communities in Slavonia contain numerous rococo houses and temples worked with pre-winter hued blocks and painted in yellow shades.
There’s a lot of customary foody charge to test with impacts from adjoining nations like Hungary and Serbia.
Find Slavonia’s noteworthy design and fables
Get going in Slavonski Brod (just ‘Brod’ to local people – signifying ‘water crossing’) a noteworthy city that borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Slavonski Brod Fortress, an unwanted fortification from the 1700s that was intended to oblige 4,000 warriors and 150 guns, is definitely worth a visit. It holds many safeguarded strongholds and inside you will likewise find a fairly peculiar exhibition hall, “Place of Tambura”.
The gallery follows the historical backdrop of the Tambura, otherwise called tamburica or tamburitza, a customary string instrument of the district used to play society music.
By chance, on the off chance that you are in Slavonski Brod in mid-June, make certain to partake in the Brodsko Kolo Festival, a cheerful festival of everything Slavonian.
The church of St. Peter in Djakovo
The church of St. Peter in Djakovo (c) dbajurin
Near Brod is the city of Đakovo, home to the amazing St Peter’s Cathedral, which was implicit the last part of the 1800s in the Romanesque and Gothic styles, with two chime towers standing 84m high.
In the event that you love ponies, you will not have any desire to miss an outing to the “Ergela” stud-ranch in Đakovo, which was set up in 1506 and breeds popular Lipizzaner steeds, the experts of dressage. Here you can visit the Stallion Station, including visits to the pony pens, open air circuit and landscapes for dressage and obstacle hustling. There’s likewise day by day music and dressage show.
Osijek (c) ilijaa
It is likewise worth going through a large portion of a day in Slavonia’s capital, Osijek, which additionally borders Baranja. The city, an ocean of orange rooftop tiles encompassed by rich, green fields, is effectively investigated by walking, with a lot of rococo style structures to appreciate as you investigate. The noteworthy square, Trg Ante Starčevića, is highlighted on the 200 kuna banknote Tvrđa.
Head to the old town in the eastern piece of the city and visit the eighteenth century protective fort Tvrđa, which is based on the correct bank of the River Drava. The fort was inherent archaic Osijek following the loss of the Ottoman powers in 1687.
Top tip: Drive from Osijek to the Illok, the easternmost town of Croatia. Roosted on a slope sitting above the Danube, the beautiful town is encircled by grape plantations and contains a sixteenth century hammam (Turkish shower) from the Ottoman time frame.
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Danube coast in Vukovar
Danube coast in Vukovar (c) xbrchx
Brilliant parcel of feed on the field at summer
Brilliant fields of Slavonia (c) Jacek Nowak
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Returning to nature
Papuk Nature Park
Papuk Nature Park (C) borongic
Set aside some effort to unwind a lot in one of Slavonia and Baranja’s temperament parks. Papuk Nature Park is an UNESCO geopark that circles Papuk Mountain, Slavonia’s most noteworthy mountain at 953m at its pinnacle.
It is an immense and wonderful spot to lose all sense of direction in, with the opportunity to find mountain lakes, caverns, cascades and antiquated geographical highlights – a Carcharodon Megalodon tooth was once found here the size of a hand.
Features in the recreation center incorporate Jankovac Forest Park, a beech woods with a high defensive status because of its populace of uncommon and imperiled creatures and mushrooms. Post for deer, fox, bats and surprisingly wild pig. From here you can climb to the Skakavac cascade. In springtime, the cascade can get up to 10m wide and is presumably the most lovely cascade in Papuk.
For an alternate nature experience, visit the delightfully kept up Kopački rit Nature Park in Baranja, home to perhaps the biggest wetland. The recreation center is situated close to Osijek where the Drava and Danube waterways meet and can either be investigated by walking or by boat. Enormous crowds of deer meander the recreation center, and you can notice 300 distinctive bird species, including uncommon white-followed falcons and dark storks.
A sample of Croatia
Kulen (c) Sinisa Botas
Fish paprika stew
Fish paprika stew (c) Neven Milinković
Slavonia is a place where there is plenitude and neighborliness, and customary Slavonian food is prepared for huge gatherings of individuals to partake in together.
Famous dishes incorporate “kulen”, a kind of seasoned wiener made of minced pork, and zesty fish or paprika stew cooked in a little cauldron. The best spot to appreciate these kinds of dishes is in one of the towns in the Slavonian open country.
Head to Baranjska kuća in Karanac, about 20km from Osijek, and get into warm shepherd’s pie cooked in a dirt stove, or in the event that you are feeling courageous, why not attempt snails cooked in annoy sauce? In any case, you’ll get the hottest neighborliness and there’s a decent possibility there will be some customary unrecorded music to go with your supper.
Time for wine!
Ilok grape plantation
Ilok grape plantation (c) deymos
Winegrowing in Slavonia and Baranja is a 1,800-year-old custom, and there is a wealth of grape plantations to visit and appreciate a scrumptious drink.
The town of Kutjevo in Slavonia is a goldmine (or even better, a “winemine”) for wine sampling, and contains an archaic wine basement dating to 1232.
Two of Slavonia’s top wineries are additionally situated here: Krauthaker, whose graševina and sweet wines have won numerous honors, and Enjingi, which represents considerable authority in naturally delivered wine including Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Then again, Iilok is likewise an unquestionable requirement visit objective for wine sampling.