Authentic experiences with locals. Taste indigenous varieties & indulge in traditional specialties.
Explore the Culinary Charms Near Dubrovnik
Test your culinary prowess and explore authentic Croatian cuisine with a private cooking class in a quaint village just south of Dubrovnik. This exclusive experience is hosted by a local family whose history is written in each stone of their home. Not only will you play chef for the day, but you’ll forage in the family’s orchard and garden to gather the ingredients needed to create your Croatian specialities. Completed by a tasting of homemade liquors and cheese, this cooking class is the best way to uncover local customs, discover Croatian gastronomy, crack your cooking skills, and embrace Dalmatian hospitality as you entertain your palate with new flavours. Let your taste buds lead the way.
Uncover Split’s Local Life through Cooking
Spend the day like a Split local! Because cooking is the best way to uncover the city’s soul, begin by visiting two timeless Split institutions – the Green Market and Fish Market. Your private chef will escort you through the maze of stalls, each boasting a vibrant character behind them, eager to convince you that their product is most worthy. Carefully select the ingredients needed to craft a local dish led by the hands of your gourmet guide before imbibing in Croatian wine and satisfying your palate with Split’s splendid specialities.
Hunt for Truffles Near ZagrebOne of Croatia’s most unique culinary experiences is truffle hunting, and one of the best truffle hunting adventures can be had just outside the country’s capital. Trust in the truffle-hunting secrets of your local guide, who will lead the way to these tasty treasures with the help of a specially-trained hunting dog. Scour for these mouthwatering morsels while learning about the area’s traditions, and crown your appetising outing by indulging in fresh truffles, truffle cheese, and homemade truffle liquor. And don’t worry – whatever you discover while digging will be your gift to take home!
Ston Oyster ExperienceDid you know that a tiny town on Croatia’s southern coast boasts an oyster farming tradition that dates back to Roman times? This one-of-a-kind edible experience takes place in Mali Ston, a small town just north of Dubrovnik that sits in a secluded bay beneath the ‘European Great Wall of China’. Uncover the centuries-old oyster farming tradition on a private tour, enhanced by tasting these freshly-harvested molluscs washed down with chilled wines from Croatia’s famous Pelješac wine region. Complete your culinary tour by satiating your appetite with one of Dalmatia’s most beloved meals – shellfish ‘buzara’ – which you’ll enjoy from the boat!
Pelješac Wine TourPelješac is not only Croatia’s second-largest peninsula, but it is one of Croatia’s most famous wine regions, explicitly known for producing one of the country’s best-known wines – Plavac Mali of the Postup and Dingač appellations. You’ll have the chance to visit a unique selection of wineries, from smaller boutique family cellars to more modern posh establishments, all of which hold a deep-rooted history of winemaking on the Pelješac peninsula. A fabulous chance to meet local winemakers, taste indigenous varieties, and indulge in a traditional lunch, this Pelješac wine tour allows you to dive deep into Croatian eno-gastronomy at your own pace.
The Art of Soparnik Pie MakingNot many comestible creations can boast that they are a part of the country’s intangible heritage. Soparnik is one centuries-old tasty tradition that hails from the Poljica region, an autonomous Republic from the 13th to 19th centuries. Learn to make this simple swiss chard pie with a local that endeavours to preserve this Croatian custom and embrace the best of Dalmatian hospitality from their home!
Indulge on the Island of Olives and HoneyKnown as the island of olives and honey, Šolta is a paradise for anyone looking to treat their taste buds to the Mediterranean’s best creations. Explore the island’s treasured olive groves adorned with centuries-old olive trees, unearth the depths of the olive harvest and meticulous olive oil traditions harnessed by Šolta locals, and visit an award-winning olive oil producer to taste this celebrated liquid gold at their mill. You’ll even taste local honey made by a family with three generations in the beekeeping business! Enhanced by the island aromas and picturesque seascapes, savour an olive-oil-paired traditional lunch and digest by taking a dip in the crystalline Adriatic Sea.
Kid-friendly experiences near Croatian national parks.
Did you know that a sanctuary for Croatian owls, hawks, and falcons lies just 7 miles from the town of Šibenik? A perfect way to extend your Krka National Park excursion or Šibenik town exploration, the Dubrava Falconry Center is set in the heart of Croatian wilderness, where dense pine forest encompasses these remarkable birds. Unique in this part of Europe, the Falconry Center is a foolproof family outing where you can learn about different birds of prey and the dedicated work of the centre, which actively cares for injured birds and releases them back into nature. There is no better way to mix education with nature – and no better setting just outside of Šibenik!
Deer Valley Ranch
The beauty of Plitvice Lakes extends beyond the cascading waterfalls and to one animal habitat just 8 miles away. Deer Valley Ranch is located on a family farm in a nearby village, where red deer and European fallow deer are bred. A perfect outing for any family looking to get in touch with Croatia’s natural world, Deer Valley also cares for black Slavonian pigs and three horses, which you can see up close and personal during your visit. Whether you choose to feed the animals or unwind underneath the pines, Deer Valley offers an escape into the environment where everyone in the family can admire one of Croatia’s best characteristics.