Wine Tasting in Baranja
BARANJA is located north of Osijek, on the opposite side of the Drava river. Kopački rit Nature Park, traditional villages and their restaurants, family farms, wine cellars, the only town in Baranja Beli Manastir, the monument Victory in Batina are the most concise list of reasons why you should go to Baranja.
VUKOVAR – ILOK and maybe you still manage to push VINKOVCI or ŽUPANJA into one day. The combination of thousands of years old stories with gastronomy and wine is the shortest possible description that could describe this part of Slavonia and Srijem. Between visits to museums, be sure to include a walk along the Danube, enjoying traditional dishes and local wine.
SLAVONSKI BROD and ĐAKOVO are south of Osijek. In Đakovo you can visit the beautiful cathedral and the Lipizzaner stud farm dating from 1506. On the way to Slavonski Brod, in Vrpolje is a Memorial Gallery of the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović. In Slavonski Brod, I suggest a visit to the Fortress, the largest of its kind in Croatia, the world’s first open-air tambourine museum, and a Franciscan church with a monastery. I was interested in houses and sculptures related to Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, our most famous children’s writer.
POŽEGA is located in the hilliest part of flat Slavonia. This area is also known for its wines, but also for its beautiful nature. Apart from the Nature Park and the Papuk Geopark, the surroundings of Požega are surrounded by picnic areas and other towns rich in cultural heritage such as Kutjevo, Pakrac and Lipik.
VIROVITICA and its area also abound in the beauties and attractions of natural and cultural heritage. You can enjoy them when visiting the Jankovac mountain lodge, the Dravska priča information centre or the Višnjica pustara (once workers’ settlement). Apart from Virovitica, there are also Slatina, Orahovica and Pitomača.
It was very difficult for me to squeeze the surroundings of Osijek into one paragraph 🙂