Forget the Costly Coastline, Head to Slavonia for an Affordable Croatian Holiday

Daniela Rogulj

While tourists flock to Croatia’s coastal destinations, opt for the booming capital, or bake in the sun at its national parks, there’s another lesser-known area in the country that isn’t on the edge of overtourism – Slavonia. 

Among all the developed destinations is Croatia’s east and Slavonia, though not even many Croatian citizens know about the varied tourism offer they can find here. 

“I was born in Zagreb and grew up there, so I was surprised at how many tourist attractions the Vukovar-Srijem County actually offers to its visitors. I do not think anyone will regret coming for a holiday in this area because they will really have something to see,” says Director of the Nijemci Municipality Tourist Board, Katarina Šarkić, for Večernji List on July 7, 2019.

And there are plenty of opportunities for you to recharge. The offer is more diverse and easier on Croatian wallets, and the hosts are so hospitable you’d be hard pressed to find them anywhere else. So, for example, in the Nijemci Municipality, we have a Bird Watching Center as well as a tourist boat on the rivers Spačva and Bosut, Šarkić added. 

Furthermore, the area also offers accommodation in “Robinson Crusoe” style tourism. Ilok is widely known for its vineyards and forts on the banks of the Danube. Vinkovci is the oldest city in Europe and is proud of the fact that the city’s life is continuously growing over 8,000 years. It is also known as the only city in Croatia where two Roman Emperors were born – Valens and Valentinian. Vukovar is currently the most interesting for tourists as a city of war tourism, which witnessed the 1991 massacre. There is also the Park Forest Adica as well as the most modern swimming pools in Croatia.

In Vukovar-Srijem County, there are attractive museums, cycling trails and numerous events from year to year that draw more and more tourists from all over Croatia and abroad.

Osijek-Baranja County also offers a world of content, like the Kopački Rit Nature Park, which is the largest and most attractive preserved intact wetlands in Europe. Đakovo offers the famous Lippanzer horses, and those who prefer to visit thermal baths can go to Bizovac. The Drava also boasts the famous bathing area with the Kopika pools.

Baranja is even awakened by tourism. In addition to many events, guests in the area can enjoy numerous cycling trails, museums, excursion sites, and swimming pools. And the prices? Accommodation can be found for 150 kuna per person.

“Coffee is eight kuna, juices are 10 kuna, beer starts from 12. Pizza can be eaten for 30 kuna, and you can also find grilled meals around that price. A portion of grilled carp, say, you’ll pay 45 kuna. And pancakes for dessert are 20 kuna.”

“It is worth it, there is a lot of content and I believe that year to year it will be better and better. I think that all the tourist workers should cooperate, because we will achieve even better results,” Director Šarkić concluded. 

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