A tasty way to enjoy Croatia is to experience local culture tasting delicious food and wine!
Indulge in Croatian gastronomy, let us charm you! We are very proud of our traditional cuisine. In Tureta Travel, we like to tell story of our lifestyle, the history of the area we live in and our culture through the food we serve. The spirit of former vast Empires is present in our meals. Allow us to take you to a culinary adventure far deeper and more profound than you probably ever had imagined.
Taste fresh out of the sea food, prepare a meal
and eat with local families, taste amazing wines or feel the atmosphere of the city with expert foodie guides.
There’s hardly a better way to socialize with locals and understand their culture, than to prepare a meal and eat together. Tureta offers unique cooking classes in five different Croatian regions, each different in its atmosphere and culinary style.
Cooking class in Dubrovnik countryside
After meeting in Dubrovnik we’ll drive along amazing coastline stopping on several panoramic points to take unique photos of Dubrovnik and surrounding, with a visit to an old flour mill or an olive press instead.
Tureta’s Dubrovnik countryside cooking class takes place in Konavle region, approx. 45 min drive from the Old town. Our driver will pick you up for a private 2-way transfer from and later back to your hotel. The venue is in an old and beautifully restored stone-built rural villa. It is possible to visit picturesque sites in the area as the old flour mill on Ljuta river or the traditional olive press. Upon arrival, welcome drinks (homemade brandies, juices and wine) and snacks (homemade fig-cake, roasted sugar-coated almonds and candied orange peels) will be served. You may pick fresh vegetables straight from our host’s organic garden! Depending on the season, you’ll prepare meals like: „sac“ – lamb or veal cooked under the iron bell; „zelena menestra“ – vegetable stew (with or without smoked dry meat); skewers on the aromatic laurel sticks; smoked bacon and goat cheese…Prepare your meal over the open fire, dig your fingers into fresh dough, taste homemade olive oil and blend in a rural environment to get a true feeling of Dubrovnik countryside. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at prior notice. The duration is approx. 4-5 hours.
With two millennia of wine production on the Eastern Adriatic, this area boasts six dozen indigenous grape varieties and wide range of wine styles. Lacking large quantities, the emphasis is on achieving exceptional quality. Swirl and sip your glass in a small traditional winery, or a contemporary, cutting edge technology one. Spend a day strolling around vineyards, exploring traditional wineries, tasting different wines or having a picnic in a vineyard.
Wine tour of Pelješac peninsula
A mere one hour’s drive from Dubrovnik there is the longest peninsula of the Adriatic – the majestic Pelješac. A former property of the Dubrovnik Republic, it was defended by ramparts and fortresses protecting the all-important salt pans, vineyards and oyster & mussel farms. Oyster breeding farms in the bay of Mali Ston are world famous. Tureta’s private tour includes a boat visit to the oyster farm where oysters and mussels will be taken out of the Sea, opened and served in front of you. They are served fresh with a drop of a lemon or grilled, along a glass of chilled local white wine.
The longest tradition on the peninsula is one of the wine making, present ever since the ancient Greek times. We will take you to one or several exceptional family-run wineries where you will taste and compare wines produced from several indigenous grape varieties using different production methods.
A few of the finest Adriatic seafood restaurants are in the area of Mali Ston, where you could savor over a divine meal. Alternatively, you may take pleasure in a home-cooked traditional meal at our winemaker’s 4-centennial estate. The whole experience duration is approx. 6-9 hours. Being a private tour, we can customize it entirely to our client’s preference.
FOODIE CITY TOURS
Let food be a tool to describe a region, local culture and historic influences which brought certain meals to Croatian tables. Feel the atmosphere of the city, listen to stories about it and - savor its taste!
Street food Zagreb
Zagreb street food scene is thriving lately. New restaurants keep popping up daily, showing local’s hunger towards new gastronomic adventures. Our tour is designed to equally present traditional habits and modern culinary trends of the Croatian capital. Our expert foodie guide will walk you through the streets of Zagreb, you will visit the Dolac grocery market and small diners where locals quench thirst & hunger. Escaping from expensive restaurants or tourist traps, enjoy simple and surprisingly tasty finger food dishes. Add taste to your Zagreb experience! The duration is approx. 3-4h. The tour may be combined with the standard city tour - in this case the duration should be longer. The tour should be held in the morning, finishing by 1:00 pm, according to the grocery market being open.
Street food Split
Mediterranean gastronomy is based on light, simple meals prepared from fresh and healthy viands. Opposite to Asian nigh markets where food is prepared out on busy streets, the ritual of cooking in Dalmatia is strongly connected to an intimate circle of home, family and friends. Our foodie expert guide will take you through a maze of streets in Emperor Diocletian’s palace, Jewish Ghetto and old Split downtown. Avoiding expensive restaurants or tourist traps, try finger food delicacies prepared and sold by local women on open grocery market, nibble on seafood snacks prepared near the fish market, and enjoy traditional homemade prosciutto ham & cheese in a bar surrounded with locals discussing on daily football and politics. This is the closest it gets to feeling as a local without moving to Split. The duration is approx. 3-4h. The tour may be combined with the standard city tour - in this case the duration should be longer. The tour should be held in the morning, finishing by 1:00 pm, according to the grocery market being open.
Street food Dubrovnik
Hide from the crowds in a maze of Old Town’s cobbled streets and listen to intriguing stories of life within the ancient walls. Our foodie guide will take you to a private walking tour and unravel Dubrovnik’s secrets, talk about local habits, customs and culinary tradition. You’ll visit three different restaurants and taste a single-course meal paired with a matching glass of wine in each one, finishing in an artisan patisserie with a sweet desert and a cup of coffee. Enjoy fine food, find out about history in an amusing way, enhance your overall experience of Dubrovnik! The duration is approx. 3h. The tour may be combined with the standard city tour - in this case the duration would be longer.
Truffle hunt adventure in Istria
Truffle is a subterranean fungus highly praised in gastronomy for its exquisite flavor and distinctive taste. They grow in a special environment, very difficult or impossible to cultivate them (white truffles cannot be cultivated). Therefore, people rely on dog’s highly developed sense of smell to find truffles. It takes a great skill, cooperation and understanding between a dog and his guide to find truffles successfully. Commercial truffle hunt is usually done during the night when there is less distraction for dogs, and cold temperatures sharpen dog’s snout. Truffle hunt presentations are done at any time of the day, still with very high possibility of finding your gem.
OYSTER TASTING EXPERIENCE
Taste astonishing oysters in Ston!
Ston, small town only 1 hour drive from Dubrovnik is the most famous for 3 things. First, it's salt pans with the oldest still active salt production in Europe, where salt is still dried and collected the traditional way for over two millennia. Secondly, town walls - to protect the salt, the main ingredient of Dubrovnik Republic’s wealth, a long wall with 40 towers has been made in medieval times. The wall keeps another secret: vast oyster farms where oysters are bred for centuries.
Oyster tasting is unique gourmet experience. Sailing in a boat you will enjoy the untouched natural beauty of the protected system of Mali Ston bay, learn about process of cultivating oysters and take you to a nearby oyster farm to taste fresh out-of-the sea mussels & oysters, the best as they ever come along with some chilled white wine.
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