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.
The region of Istra is situated on the west part of the Republic of Croatia. It is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea.
A strategic geographic position makes Istra the most attractive part of Croatia.
The climate of the Istrian peninsula is a typical Mediterranean climate; dry and very warm summers, with the average number of some 2.400 sunny hours a year. Winters are mild and pleasant.
The sea temperature reaches its lowest in March, around 11°C, and its highest in August with 24°C.
Istra is generally the richest region in Croatia; in terms of finance, stability, tourism and international business activity.
Distances And Neighbouring Countries
The Region of Istria covers the surface of 2.820 square kilometres. From the north part of the peninsula to the southeast peak there is a distance of around 100 km2.
If we measure the distance from west coast to south coast it would be around 50 km on the longest line.
Istria has a strategic position within Europe and benefits from the vicinity of Slovenia and Italy, the neighbouring countries. Large tourist markets, Germany and Austria, are also very near and within a car reach.
There are few ways to reach Istra; by car/bus, by plane or by boat. The Istrian motorway system has two main branches that form a “Y” letter shape.
The east line of the motorway connects Pula with Rijeka and the west line connects Pula with the Slovenian border.
Although it is fastest to travel on the motorway, scenic roads run along the eastern and western coasts, making them perfect choice for bikers and cabrio lovers.
The main airport in Istria is the Pula International Airport, and it is located just 2 km from the motorway and 7 km from the ancient city center.
Pula airport is connected with around 60 destinations with direct flights, hosting around 700.000 guests each year.
Most of the flight lines are seasonal. And within a 300 km range we have other 5 internationl airports: Rijeka, Trieste, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Venice.
The most important fast boat line is the one connecting Venice with Pula, Rovinj, Porec and Umag. The other standard line is connecting Pula and Zadar, with stops on Kvarner islands.
That the croatian, food is utterly delicious we all know. Full of freshly grown, healthy and high quality ingredients. But what we might not know is that, they created some of the most wonderful delicatessen of today’s, the cheese.
Also, due to the mediterranean weather, the environment for growing other products is simply perfect.
First the oil
In Croatia, the olive oil is ranked one of the the best in the world, According to Flos Olei, the first guide dealing on an international scale with oil farms all over the world and extra virgin olive oils.
Then the fish
The seafood is plenty, extremely fresh and tasteful. It is usually paired perfectly with a fantastic glass of white wine, in this case a chilled malvazija.
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.