For foodies who fancy adding a dash of history and back-to-nature spice to their culinary experiences, taking a gourmet tour of Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina comes heartily recommended. And we mean hearty.
Green and clean, Slovenian capital Ljubljana delivers a delicious amuse-bouche of scenic charm (caressing the Ljubljanica river and overlooked by a castle, cities don’t come much more picturesque), with hands-on cooking classes offered by celebrated local chefs. It’s also within reach of some of Croatia’s most gorgeous hinterlands. You could, for example, venture to forest-shrouded Trakošćan Castle to feel like you’ve fallen into a fairy tale before continuing the enchantment vibe in Varaždin, with villages in the surrounding hills offering plenty of places to quaff and scoff local wine and food.
To combine taking in natural beauty with feasting on authentic local food, you might want to eat in Plitvice Lakes National Park’s traditional restaurant before setting off for the Croatian coast, where the city of Split and the Dalmatian islands serve dishes with a decided (and delicious) Italian influence. Meanwhile, over the border, medieval Mostar is a beautiful spot in which to sample the best of Bosnian food, before slipping south and back to the Croatian coast to discover Dubrovnik. With an abundance of old-world charm, lively bars, and world-class seafood, this UNESCO Site city really is a feast for all the senses, making it the perfect place to round-off your fabulous three-country, food-focussed trip.
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