Croatia may be mainly famous for the warm weather, its stunning beaches with the crystal clear water and the historical monuments but has even more to offer! The breathtaking view landscapes, the cultural heritage and the delicious local cuisine are some of the reasons you should visit Croatia and do active turism. Autumn is here and it’s the perfect time to spend the days in a local farm of Croatia and enjoy the countryside while contributing to local farm activities. If you are curious about rural tourism, you crave for a different experience or you wanna learn about life in Croatian Villages then we suggest that you try agritourism.
Croatia is a land of deep roots in agriculture, specializing in the production of olive oil, seeds, corn, grapes and fig cultivation. Agritourism is considered to be a new form of tourism which can bring you closer to nature while obtaining an insight to the lifestyle and culture of local residents. Depending on the region and the climate, different kinds of agriculture are developed. Croatia has three different climate zones. Continental, mountainous and Mediterranean. Each region and climate provides different experience, cuisine and customs. The ideal regions for agriculture in Croatia are Istria, Zagorje, Slavonia, Zadar,Lika, Dalmatia and many more. Visitors in these areas often engage in activities such as wine tasting, cooking, fruit and vegetable harvesting, cycling, hiking, horseback riding and any outdoor activity. Croatian hosts are very amicable and will ensure that you will have fun and gain knowledge about agriculture.
Regarding Croatia there are many options from which you can choose from. If you are a fan of enology and search for culinary diversity then you will have an amazing experience in Istria. The Istria peninsula is popular for the grape variety, olive oil and the exceptional white truffles. Furthermore, Kvarner Gulf consists of small islands such as Krk, Cres, Lošinj and Rab giving a taste of the Adriatic atmosphere.The cuisine is a combination of continental and coastal dishes such as crustaceans, seafood. You should definitely try wild food such as forest mushrooms, berries, chestnuts and local lamb meat. Also, some of Croatia's best cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s cheese is produced here. Last but not least, Dalmatia is an amazing choice for rural tourism and agriculture experience. Zadar, Split, Šibenik and Dubrovnik are full of history and beautiful monuments. Dalmatia offers excellent wine, rakija and liqueurs from local fruits as well as a lot of agricultural products There are numerous activities in which you can indulge yourself in Dalmatia peninsula.For example, you can try hiking, rafting, canoeing, kayak, scuba diving and many more. It is worth mentioning that you can also visit the various national parks that are under Unesco’s protection.
References : Bradbury P. "Croatian Rural Tourism In a Page : Food, Activities & Ethno" Total Croatia News (2021).