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Lara RasinVisit Đakovo's stunning 19th-century Cathedral, the largest sacral building in Slavonia
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Lara RasinGrab a drink on Đakovo's central square, complete with historic buildings, manicured lawns, and a pretty fountain
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Lara RasinTake in each angle of the Cathedral - called the most beautiful church between Venice and Tsargrad by Pope John XXIII
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Lara RasinLet your imagination wander as you gaze out "upon the fields of barley," which are found all over Slavonia
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Lara RasinStop by D&D Šokačke jakne Đakovo for some ethno shopping in a family-run traditional clothing store
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Lara RasinHike up Papuk Nature Park - a hilly region of otherwise flat Slavonia that was a sea 16 million years ago - to the 16th-century St. Nicholas Monastery
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Lara RasinVisit Shumska Farma on Papuk Mountain to see cute animals and experience countryside life (contact the farm ahead of time!)
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Lara RasinMake way for ducklings at Shumska Farma!
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Lara RasinStay safe and off the traintracks - but enjoy Slavonia's offroad landscape, too!
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Lara RasinThe Vučedol Culture Museum, located in Vukovar and built into the hillside, is a must-see sight in Slavonia
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Lara RasinAlong with the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations, Vučedol was one of the most advanced in times bygone
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Lara RasinSee the mighty Danube River up close and personal in Vukovar
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Lara RasinHead to Vukovar's Vrške restaurant for lunch with a view of the Danube - try the "perkelt", a dish made with quintessential Slavonian ingredients (perch, paprika, fresh cheese and cream, homemade pasta)
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Lara RasinVisit the Vukovar City Museum - voted the best in Europe - in the 18th-century Eltz manor to see the city's history from the Ice Age, across the War for independence, to now
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Lara RasinHitch a (boat) ride from the Vukovar mainland to Mala Ada Island (pictured behind the huge freighter!) for some fun in the sun
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Lara RasinSting's Fields of Gold come to life in Slavonia!
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Lara RasinStroll under the old-school lamps and terracotta rooftops of Osijek's Tvrđa, an 18th-century Baroque city-fortress
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Lara Rasin10 minutes from the centre of Osijek by car, 238-hectare Kopački Rit is one of the largest and prettiest wetlands in Europe
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Lara RasinKeep your eyes peeled in Kopački Rit for rare animal species, like this extremely elusive black stork (on the left!)
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Lara RasinKopački Rit is home to around 300 bird species, such as the cormorants seen guarding their territory here
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Lara RasinSwampy Kopački Rit is cattail country - you'll see these pretty plants blowing in the wind all across the park
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Lara RasinSee the circle of life at Kopački Rit
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Lara RasinWalk around Kopački Rit's wonderful water lily expanses
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Lara RasinFive types of snakes make Kopački Rit their home. If you're lucky, you'll see one (or not...)
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Lara RasinSatiate your appetite at Restoran Kormoran, an oasis within an oasis (Kopački Rit). Chickens are known to roam freely around the grounds - you've been warned!
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Lara RasinOn Kormoran's menu, you'll find a good selection of traditional wild game dishes - plus meat and cheese plates with Slavonian classics like black pig sausage
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Lara RasinBehold the 18th-century Esterhazy Castle (located just above Osijek) - currently not in function, but great fodder for the imagination
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Lara RasinRight next to Esterhazy Castle, you can visit the former sight of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge built by Suleiman I
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Lara RasinLook around the grounds of Esterhazy Castle - you never know what small, colourful delights you'll find
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Lara RasinStop and smell the sunflowers (there will be fields of them wherever you look!)
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Lara RasinPop into a cafe in Vinkovci's historic and bright city centre
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Lara RasinBan Josip Šokčević Square in Vinkovci is the perfect park to find an empty bench and just daydream or peoplewatch
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Lara RasinDon't miss a trip to the Vinkovci City Museum to unravel the history of a city continuously inhabited for 8000+ years!
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Lara RasinIn the Vinkovci City Museum, you'll see a pot showing the first-ever Indo-European calendar (made by the Vučedolians - remember them?)
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Lara RasinDiscover local traditions - like the Slavonian "zlatovez" (handmade gold embroidery) pictured - in the Vinkovci City Museum's ethnological collection
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Lara RasinHop over to Kavana Aurelia cafe next to the museum for some mouthwatering ice cream...
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Lara Rasin...And casually pass by Roman ruins on your way to the bathroom. Such is life in an 8000-year-old city!
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Lara RasinChow down on some locally sourced bbq with "palačinke" - Croatian crepes - for dessert at Vinkovci's San restaurant
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Lara RasinHead to Archeological Park Sopot a bit outside of the Vinkovci centre to see a reconstructed Iron Age settlement authentic to the area
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Lara RasinNext to the Archeological Park, the Bosut River flows - see if you can spot wild heron flying across it
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Lara RasinYour last stop in Vinkovci: Rokovačke Zidine, the ruins of a centuries-old roman catholic church
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Lara RasinTread carefully around the site - it's an ongoing archeological dig!
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Lara RasinPause and take in every magical Slavonian sunset you can
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Lara RasinWhen the sun goes down, flock to a fire pit for your grilled goodie of choice and enjoy the Slavonian evening
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Lara RasinStroll the riverside Slavonski Brod promenade and take in street art as you go
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Lara RasinWho doesn't love strolling down the promenade, honestly?
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Lara RasinEnjoy a cup of coffee by Slavonski Brod's stretch of the Sava River - sip it slow and enjoy each drop, like the locals to
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Lara RasinAnother Slavonski Brod, Sava River sight - summertime is "splavovi" (floating mini-houses) season!
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Lara RasinTake a peek at Slavonski Brod's 18th-century, Baroque-style Franciscan monastery
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Lara RasinSlavonski Brod has all the striking street art! This piece features traditional clothing styles
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Lara RasinThe Brod fortress was built in the 18th century as a defense against the Ottoman Empire. Today, it's a culture centre with this light blue chapel in the middle
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Lara RasinVisit Croatia's only museum dedicated to the traditional, banjo-like tamburica instrument - located within the fortress-turned-cultural--hub today
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Lara RasinExplore the fortress' polished, newly renovated side...
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Lara Rasin...And its original, rough-around-the-edges half
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Lara RasinClimb one of the fortress walls to get a bird's eye view of the layout and surrounding moats
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Lara RasinHike through Slavonski Brod's hilly Striborova forest - which inspired and is named after tales by renowned Croatian author Ivana Brlić Mažuranic
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Lara RasinBike to and around Petnja Lake (13 km from Slavonski Brod) and meet its fiercely loyal local guardians
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Lara RasinFinally - always keep your eyes peeled for hidden Slavonian wonders. Whether it's they're on the ground or lighting up the sky!

In pictures: 58 photos of the top things to do during summer in Slavonia

Take in a taste of countryside Croatian living in stunning Slavonia

By Lara Rasin
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Come summer, many tourists and locals flock to Croatia's coast, often leaving overlooked one of the country's most beautiful regions - Slavonia. We're here to recommend this vast eastern Croatian region, known as the Golden Granary of Croatia, as a can't-miss travel destination in its own right.

Through this photo gallery, behold some of the breathtaking sights and things to do of Slavonia. Feel free to use it when creating your own travel itinerary!

For your reference, here's a map of some of the main destinations mentioned in the gallery:

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