Head to Pazin this Valentine’s and taste the crème de la crème of central Istrian cuisine. Participating restaurants have curated regional specialties made traditionally with bee products. For 120 kn, choose between a selection of three-course menus starring delicacies like sage, honey and bacon ravioli and duck breast confit with honey and almonds. On through February 29, Days of Honey Delicacies will be held at 11 spots across the medieval town of Pazin. While you’re in town, steal a kiss behind the ancient walls of its 983 AD castle, Istria’s largest fortress.
According to an ancient Croatian legend, if a ladybug lands on you on Valentine’s Day, you should watch where it flies away, because that’s the direction your future spouse will come from. Along with old folktales, Croatia is also rife with romantic festivities for the day of lovers; from an Istrian chocolate and wine festival to an intimate concert by Croatian heartbreaker Massimo in Rijeka. Get ready to welcome a ladybug onto your arm – or swat one from your lover’s – as you plan your Croatian Valentine’s getaway with our expert guide.