Top 5 Destinations for Foodie Families in Croatia

Croatia is famous for its breathtaking views, interesting culture, rich history, amazing sights, and incredibly delicious foods. Many cultures and civilisations have left their mark on the country, making the Croatian cuisine incredibly diverse and delicious. If you’re travelling to Croatia soon and want to explore the country’s interesting food scene, here are some of the best destinations to visit.

A panoramic view of an old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia
  1. Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular tourist spot for many reasons. While it’s more famous for its picturesque walled towns and stunning architecture, the city is also endeared by locals and visitors for its thriving wine and food culture. 

While in Dubrovnik with the family, you should sample some of Croatia’s local authentic dishes like Dalmatian pašticada, beef cooked in vegetables and wine, and black risotto, which got its dark colour from squid ink.

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  1. Pula 

If you’re craving fresh, delicious seafood, head to Pula, a charming city known for its beach-lined coast and Roman ruins. Sitting on the Adriatic coast overlooking Veneto in Italy, the city has long been a favourite destination for tourists who want to sample Croatia’s tastiest seafood dishes.

While in Pula, the best way to enjoy your foodie adventure with the family is to book an Istria region holiday villa, pick up fresh catch from the local market, and head back to your villa and share delicious meals with the family.

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  1. Split

Split is a great destination for foodies in Croatia. What it lacks in things to do, makes up for its fantastic culinary experiences. All the great foods that Croatia is known for – you can get it all here. 

Split’s food scene largely focuses on Mediterranean foods, and some exciting takes on traditional Croatian dishes and pairing them with a bevy of delectable Croatian wines. Take the family to Zrno Soli, famous for its breathtaking coastal setting. The restaurant serves the freshest fish in town, and you may need to make a reservation ahead of time.

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  1. Vis Island

Vis is a breathtaking island about 45 km from the mainland, making it one of the remotest inhabited islands in Croatia. It’s home to fantastic restaurants serving delicious traditional Croatian cuisines that will certainly seduce foodie families.

Some of the trademark dishes of the island are Komiška pogača and Viška. Komiška pogača is a tasty homemade bread filled with anchovies, oregano, olives, tomato juice, and other ingredients. Meanwhile, Viška is almost the same, except it doesn’t have tomato sauce.

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  1. Hvar Island 

Hvar is another beautiful island off the Adriatic Sea and a must-visit for families of foodies. Almost every restaurant and cafe serve fresh seafood and fish. And for families who enjoy craft beer, you’ll find lots of pubs here. 

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What’s great about Hvar is that you’ll find interesting bars and restaurants just by simply wandering around its pretty streets. But to make the most of your family holiday in Hvar, consider doing a guided Hvar tour of the historical sites, which will include going to hidden dining places to eat authentic local dishes.

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