January 3, 2021 – If you can travel in 2021, where would you most like to go? In 21 places to go in 2021, The Guardian recommends Ilok.
As we say goodbye to a year spent mostly at home, it’s safe to say the travel bug in all of us is crawling.
However, tourism may never be the same, and the COVID-test-free days of tour groups and packed planes won’t be back so soon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still travel and that the most undiscovered places have become the most appealing gems in the corona era.
In a piece titled 21 Places to Go in 2021, The Guardian has moved away from the travel hotlist they usually launch in January and instead gave the floor to writers across Europe to share the local spots they’re dreaming of visiting this year.
Along with big shots like Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece is Croatia – and instead of the crowded coastal towns we’re familiar with seeing in international media, The Guardian recommends Ilok.
Zrinka Marinović writes:
“The eastern region of Slavonia is off-the-radar Croatia, and I’m planning to go as soon as we can travel. Specifically to Ilok, Croatia’s easternmost town, which is like a fairytale.
Ilok is surrounded by fortifications, including two monuments from Ottoman times and a medieval fortress rising above the Danube, but the main reason to visit is the 15th-century wine cellars. These supplied wine for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and a bottle can cost £5,000. Happily you can taste it more affordably at the Festival of Traminca, which is usually in June.”
Marinovic continues by talking about the food in Ilok, inspired by Austria, Hungary, and Serbia, like the standout fiš paprikaš. However, Marinvoic especially can’t wait to dig into a specialty just north of Osijek, at a small winery called Vina Gerstmajer – drunken meat.
“Where they cook meat in 10 litres of wine. You can prepare it with them and drink rakija (fruit brandy) while it’s cooking. It’s like being at a friend’s place – something we’ve all been missing in lockdown.”
You can find the full list on The Guardian HERE.