Agritourism Croatia: Grapes, Olives & More

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 Agritourism Croatia: Grapes, Olives & More

Summer drew to a close, and the weather has become more and more unpredictable. Have you heard about the Bura!? No more spending your days laying on Croatia’s most stunning beaches or strolling the city streets in the evening looking for a new “fešta.”  

Croatia is most famous for its Adriatic coast, high temperatures, warm waters and lots of sunshine. However, this beautiful country has so much more to offer tourists than just the sun and the sea.

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Many visitors want to know what other parts of Croatia look like. They crave something in addition to those beautiful beaches, stunning architecture, rich history and delicious food. Many holidaymakers want to know what life is like in the small Croatian villages.

If this is something that you are curious about, too, agritourism is the perfect way to experience the real rural Croatia.  

What Is Agritourism?

Agrotourism is quite developed in Croatia, particularly in the Dalmatian hinterlands and inner regions, away from the sea and developed coasts. Here, many Croatian families that live in rural areas run touristic attractions on their farms and agricultural lands to show visiting tourists the other charms Croatia has to offer. 

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Agritourism Croatia: Zigante Vineyard. Photo Credit: Tim Ertl

People visiting these establishments often participate in activities, such as harvesting (for example, olives, grapes, truffles during the fall months) followed by food, olive oil, wine preparation. Afterward, they can taste the fruits of their labor.  

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Agritourism Croatia: Truffle Hunting. Photo Credit: Steffani Cameron

The hosts are very friendly and make guests feel like they are at home. They involve their guests in daily activities and teach them interesting things, such as how to ride a horse or drive a carriage, how to milk a cow, how to feed the chickens, how to harvest a vineyard or olive trees, and much more.

Agritourism villages are famous for their authenticity, homemade products and foods, and being surrounded by many hectares of agricultural fields in unspoiled nature.

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Agritourism Croatia: Trapan Winery. Photo Credit: In Purusit of Adventure

 

Is Agritourism For You?

This form of tourism has become very popular among families with children, mature travelers, people traveling in groups – particularly corporations, as these kinds of destinations are perfect for team-building activities.  

Agritourism destinations provide visitors with activities that are authentic, many of them requiring team efforts. It offers visitors an insight into how Croatian people live in small villages away from the popular sun and sea.

Families with small children especially enjoy these establishments, as they offer activities for the kiddies, such as slides, swings, soccer fields, petting farm animals and lots of space to just run around free.

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Our Baby Donkey Vladimir

Sleep And Eat!

Agritourism establishments often offer accommodation, too. So, visitors traveling in groups and participating in harvesting activities can sleep on the grounds and enjoy being in serene nature.  

The restaurants at these establishments serve fresh, traditional Croatian specialties. Besides being absolutely delicious, the portions are quite generous as well. Rest assured that everything you see on the menu is homemade. It is highly recommended that you order meat and potatoes cooked under the peka, which is a large metal or ceramic bell, which covers food in an open fire oven, and takes a few hours to cook.  

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Octopus Peka. Photo Credit: Backpacking Diva

 

If you and your family want a fun holiday away from the busy city life, definitely visit one of these agritourism in Croatia establishments.  Fall is the perfect time of the year to experience this unique type of holiday. Perhaps you might even go glamping while you are at it?A Guide to Agritourism Croatia:| Travel Croatia Blog

Where To Find Agritourism In Croatia

Zadar

Šibenik

Split

Dubrovnik

Istria Region

Continental Croatia

Ready to experience the harvest for yourself? Let us know how it goes!

Main photo credit: Steffani Cameron

 

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Comments (6)

  1. OMG! That photo brought some lovely memories back! Moj did Luka je isto grozdje ima prid ulaznim vratima.
    Predivni praznici i vikendi na selu. Veselo djetinjstvo na malom seoskom imanju kod bake i dida.

  2. I’m afraid if we went and did this we’d never return home… we stumbled upon Agrotouristik Pharos on the Stari Grad Plain summer ’15 and had the most amazing afternoon, and of course my boys were in love with the farm animals…

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