If you are coming for your holidays in Croatia, there might be a few tips you can find interesting and also very useful during your trip. One of the most important factors and maybe the first question you ask yourself when you are on holidays in Croatia or anywhere else in the world is that.
Is Croatian Tap Water Drinkable?
Luckily, drinking tap water in Croatia is safe. Nearly 90% of the population in Croatia have connection to the public water supply. Sometimes, due to entirely personal reasons, some people prefer the tap water taste in some regions other than others.
That Croatian food is particularly delicious, fresh and rich a lot of people know. However this year, the Croatian gastronomy was even more appreciated and recognised by 5 Michelin Star restaurants that were awarded.
Discover the enchantments of flavour and scent of this wonderful country in which, as Cassiodorus wrote in 537, “patricians lead the lives of Gods. A table filled with seafood brought to the surface from the turquoise depths of Poseidon, here is as cultivated as the humble asparagus and legendary truffle, the underground treasure taken right from the plates of Hades. Crust of home-made bread is dipped into the golden liquid of the best olive oil in the world, while the palates are ennobled by the finest of winesOfficial Tourist Board website of Istria
The quote that better translates the Croatian cuisine experience comes from the Official Tourist Board website of Istria, a reliable source of information.
Either way, if you are looking to taste some typical and traditional dishes, you will surely be pleased with what Croatia has to offer you. Or, if you would like to have a more gourmet and gastronomic experience, you can also find a range of Michelin star restaurants to visit.
Zagreb Spot, Noel
In Zagreb, you can visit the Michelin star restaurant Noel. Located in Dukljaninova 1, the restaurant offers a contemporary cuisine that focus on the seasonality of the local ingredients. This Michelin star restaurant offers great attention on the decor and tableware. It will guarantee you a superb gastronomic experience.
If you are familiar with Istria, you are familiar with the variety of incredible and fresh ingredients, such as olives, olive oil, truffles, wine, prosciutto and seafood. And, if you are not familiar then you are really missing out on one of the top gourmet destinations in Europe.
Because Croatian ingredients and products are not really mass produced, it is quite rare to find exported goods from Croatia available in the supermarkets and shops of other countries. For that, you should definitely spend some time in Croatia, and during this visit, you better be hungry.
Food lovers will love Istria!
Istria is famous for having great and high class cuisine, with the fresh and tasty seafood of the coast, together with the hearty meat-based fare of Central Europe.
Depending on the time of the year you decide to visit Istria, you can get served a fresh Scampi Buzara dish, some prosciutto (pršut), or asparagus risotto, even some traditional Istrian pasta fuži or pljukanci with black or white truffle, fish or shrimps with white truffle, steak with grated truffle, truffle ice-cream, chocolate cake with olive oil and truffles…and this delicious list goes on.
A mediterranean lifestyle is what most people should aim for. But why is that? The Mediterranean diet and active life is a healthy and pleasant way of living.
The proof that mediterranean lifestyle and diet is so healthy, is in the fact that mediterranean countries have amongst the highest life expectancies in the world.
Fish plays a big role on mediterranean diet and the benefits of eating seafood regularly are countless. The fact that Croatia, especially Istria, is a peninsula with a very long coastline, makes it possible to have a variety of fresh seafood.
Firstly, a seafood based diet is very low in fat, cholesterol and high in protein. A diet rich in Omega 3, is extremely beneficial for the brain and body function, particularly during developing ages, or on a late stage, maintaining a healthy brain function and preventing the brain from deteriorating.
A mediterranean seafood diet is also high in nutrients and vitamin D, a nutrient that most people are deficient in. It functions like a steroid hormone in the body. It can even avoid mood swing and prevent depression.
Good for the heart, brain and body, fish is an incredible nutritious and healthy ingredient towards a happy enjoyable life.
If you are looking for a gluten-free diet while in Istria, you are in for a treat. Croatian food is traditionally is based naturally in gluten-free ingredients, while celiac-friendly pizzas will make your Croatian food experience complete.
Croatian food and Istrian cuisine is celiac-friendly
Traditional Istrian cuisine is a Mediterranean one, with a dose of continental influence. Locals rely on fish, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables, and throw in a piece of pork or ox meat for good measure.
For those looking for a healthy, gluten-free diet, it means their options are readily available in farmers’ markets, restaurants and shops. A bit of planning in advance will make sure they taste all the flavors of Istria.