Eastern Croatia

On the Eastern side of Croatia, between the border with Hungary on the North and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the South, bounded by three major rivers that flow through Croatia – the Sava, Drava, and Danube, this is the magical (and yet, still undiscovered) area where long time ago a region that still stands here today has settled its roots- Slavonia.

Unlike other Croatian regions that many associates with seaside and mountainous nature, Slavonia is precisely the opposite which just proves how diverse a small country like Croatia can be.

Miles and Miles of wheatfields, high oak forests and beautiful plains in all colors of nature are just the part of this beautiful region.
Slavonia is one of the historically wealthiest parts in Croatia, where many significant historical moments took place.
The region was initially part of the Roman province of Pannonia, and after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Slavs settled there. Local tribes here created their first state, which will enter into an alliance with other Slavic tribes that called themselves „Slaveni“ which led to Slavonia’s name.

In 925 it became part of the Kingdom of Croatia. In 1091 the region was conquered by the Hungarians, 11 years before the rest of the then Croatian state. Then it becomes an administrative unit independent of Croatia, and it remains until the 19th century.

After the Revolution in 1848, Croatia and Slavonia constitute the autonomous Croatian-Slavonian region, which in1867 came to the Hungarian part of the monarchy. 1881. The Great Border is finally united with the civilian Croat, making the whole area again under Croatian rule.

After Croatia declared independence in 1991, the Serb population established its state from parts of eastern and western Slavonia. The eastern part was called the Autonomous Serbian region, and during the hard times in Homeland War, it was Slavonia who suffered the most, lost many of its people and got many of its cities destroyed, especially city of Vukovar.

But time heals, and Slavonia came back to its regular life and doing things that were always the trademark of this region, such as excellent wine (most popular is made in Ilok, which was recently served during the British Royal wedding), meat deli products and even trendy sneakers by Borovo.  
Cities you might want to visit in Slavonia? Osijek, Vinkovci, Vukovar, Đakovo…..and many more.

Think outside the box and discover stuff in foreign countries that are not the most popular tourist spots…..trust us, it’s worth it…..it’s pure serenity!

Sailing boat on Danube, photo credit by Igor Živković

Set sail from Osijek

The Drava in Osijek, photo credit by Old Town Once essential waterways, the Danube, Sava, and Drava mighty Croatian rivers are not sufficiently used. Unfortunately, today they are abandoned as an idea and not busy. It may not be modern,…
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By-Fraxinus-Croat-CC-BY-SA-3.0-https-creativecommons.orglicensesby-sa3.0-from-Wikimedia-Commons-2.jpg Every time you visit Daruvarske toplice (thermal SPA) , you will see why the ancient Romans simply adored this spa and declared it a “place tailored to man”! They are located in the heart of the town of Daruvar,…
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Ilok old cellars, photo credit by Iločki podrumi

Ilok Cellars – The place where wine is a lifestyle!

Vineyards of Ilok, Croatia, photo credit by Iločki podrumi Wines are reflecting the power of the mighty Danube, the pride of over two millennium’s old traditions, and the character of the unique terroirs of Principovac and Vukovo! Originality and elegance…
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Hvar, Vineyards

Croatian Vineyards

Croatian attractions – Plešivica Vineyards of Croatia Croatia is considered one of the few elite countries in the world with the envious list of excellent wines. Here you can find around 100 native types of grapes. ILOK- WINESHOP Bornstein vinery…
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Traminer wine, Ilok, Croatia Photo credit by Iločki podrumi

Ilok Original Estate Bottled Wine

Photo credit by Iločki podrumi The Original Estate Bottled Wine During the 1920s, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, proprietor of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, began persuading the owners of Bordeaux’s first growths that, to protect their reputation, their wines should be chateau…
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PRINCIPOVAC where winemaking is art and lifestyle!

One of the best wine-growing position in continental Croatia is situated on the hill called Principovac, 3.5 kilometers away from Ilok. Croatian-Attractions-Principovac.jpg At the time of Odescalchi princes, vineyards of Ilok cellar are grown and the family mansion was built.…
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The Old Cellar of Ilok

Srijem is the region bordered by the magnificent river Danube on the East while on the South vast vineyards are stretched. ILOK-VINEYARD     In Antic time, when the rough history of Ilok and Srijem begun is marked on the…
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Slavonia – a region of serenity

On the Eastern side of Croatia, between the border with Hungary on the North and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the South, bounded by three major rivers that flow through Croatia – the Sava, Drava, and Danube, this is the magical…
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Traditional Silk production photo by Croatian Attractions

Sericulture in Slavonia?

You definitely heard of legendary Chinese or Japanese silk, you may have heard of sericulture in the South of Croatia in Konavle but did you know of silk production in the most continental part of Croatia – in Slavonia? Believe it…
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Osijek- the capital on river Drava

Many people automatically think of the coast and summer vacation while basking in the warm Adriatic sun when they think of Croatia. But that is only a part of Croatia! There are so many parts of this beautiful country that…
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You Can Now Try the Wine from Royal Wedding

To help royal couple fans enjoy this special day just as if they were witnessing the event at Windsor Castle, the Croatian wine project, the Wine and More, announces that the wine which is rumored to be served at the…
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Bizovac Spa, Croatia photo credit by Croatian Attractions

Bizovac Spa

Just around 20km from Osijek you’ll find Bizovac Spa (Bizovačke Toplice) and unlike most of the spa resorts we mentioned in some of our last posts about health tourism, this is one of the youngest resorts in Croatia but the…
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Lipik thermal sanatorium

In the beautiful region of Slavonia, hides a little place that has been known for centuries and centuries tits magical healing powers –Lipik. This is the place where you can witness fantastic synergy of medical professionals and natural sources of…
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Daruvar Spa- a secret kept for centuries

Croatia truly is a spring of nature giving its best to improve our health. There have been places throughout the whole country that had their medicinal purposes, and Daruvar Spa (Daruvarske Toplice in Croatian) is rightfully one of the top…
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Weather in Croatia in summer

Weather in Croatia during summer Summer is traditionally being the busiest time of the year regarding the growing interest in Croatia’s seaside and all other wonderful attractions that come by. There is a good reason why Croatia is the perfect…
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Photo by Jeremy Wermeille on Unsplash, Storcks, Village of Čigoč, Croatia

The love story of Klepetan and Malena

Klepetan and Malena; a real fairytale Not often do love stories make it become something as inspiring and beautiful as one of Klepetan and Malena, two storks whose devotion to each other became a synonym for eternal hope and love.…
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Hvar, photo by Nina Bogdan

Where to go in Croatia – Croatian Attractions

Mali prštavci (2).jpg, Photo credit by NP Plitvice lakes It is difficult to single out „Where to go in Croatia“ because it is a country with an extremely rich cultural heritage, a long tradition of customs with lots of destinations,…
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Ingredients: 1.3 kg pork hock (smoked),0.1 l fresh milk,10 g horseradish Preparation: Cook smoked pork hock an hour and a half. Add milk last, and cool it in the broth. Practical tip: Serve with sauerkraut and potatoes (optional).
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Ingridients: 70 g large-sized champignons,100 g ham,100 g dry bacon,100 g hard cheese,1 egg,2 cloves garlic,1 smaller onion,3 tablespoons sour cream,salt,pepper Preparation: Remove stems from caps and if needed, scoop the champignon caps. In oil gently fry chopped onion and…
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Ingridients: 800 g Borlotti beans,200-250 g carrot,150-200 g celery root,parsley,salt,pepper,minced sweet and spiced red pepper,3 dry laurel leaves,2 sausages,dried pork rib,prosciutto or bacon,a piece of bone (provides excellent flavor),tomato sauce,olive oil Preparation: Pick quality Borlotti beans and leave to soak…
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This famous dish comes from the eastern part of Croatia. Due to the richness of flavor, the recipe for Fiš-Paprikaš has spread to the rest of Croatia and became a culinary classic! Follow the easy steps and learn how to prepare…
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LEEK STEW – A favorite winter meal

Leek stew is a delicious lunch and a favorite winter meal in continental Croatia! Try this simple recipe and enjoy a healthy meal! Ingredients: 5-6 leeks, bacon, cubed or sliced,2-3 garlic cloves (finely chopped),4-5 potato cubed, minced sweet red pepper, olive…
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Pasta with cabbage is the real taste of childhood. This dish is a reminder of pleasant memories from childhood. It’s so easy to make, it’s delicious and it keeps you full for hours. What more can you ask for?  Here’s…
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This simple traditional specialty from the continental part of Croatia is certainly one of the most delicious winter dishes! Although this dish might remind you of the Alps and Alpine kitchen, this dish truly is inspired by them but like…
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