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    Lara RasinVisit Đakovo's stunning 19th-century Cathedral, the largest sacral building in Slavonia
  2. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinGrab a drink on Đakovo's central square, complete with historic buildings, manicured lawns, and a pretty fountain
  3. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, dakovo, cathedral
    Lara RasinTake in each angle of the Cathedral - called the most beautiful church between Venice and Tsargrad by Pope John XXIII
  4. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinLet your imagination wander as you gaze out "upon the fields of barley," which are found all over Slavonia
  5. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinStop by D&D Šokačke jakne Đakovo for some ethno shopping in a family-run traditional clothing store
  6. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, papuk, hike
    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
  7. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinVisit Shumska Farma on Papuk Mountain to see cute animals and experience countryside life (contact the farm ahead of time!)
  8. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, papuk, ducks
    Lara RasinMake way for ducklings at Shumska Farma!
  9. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, train, traintrack, sunflower
    Lara RasinStay safe and off the traintracks - but enjoy Slavonia's offroad landscape, too!
  10. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, museum, vucedol
    Lara RasinThe Vučedol Culture Museum, located in Vukovar and built into the hillside, is a must-see sight in Slavonia
  11. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinAlong with the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations, Vučedol was one of the most advanced in times bygone
  12. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinSee the mighty Danube River up close and personal in Vukovar
  13. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, perkelt, food, local, traditional
    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)
  14. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, vukovar
    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
  15. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, vukovar
    Lara RasinHitch a (boat) ride from the Vukovar mainland to Mala Ada Island (pictured behind the huge freighter!) for some fun in the sun
  16. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinSting's Fields of Gold come to life in Slavonia!
  17. osijek, trvdja, tvrda, fortress, slavonija, slavonia
    Lara RasinStroll under the old-school lamps and terracotta rooftops of Osijek's Tvrđa, an 18th-century Baroque city-fortress
  18. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara Rasin10 minutes from the centre of Osijek by car, 238-hectare Kopački Rit is one of the largest and prettiest wetlands in Europe
  19. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, stork, rare, animal, species
    Lara RasinKeep your eyes peeled in Kopački Rit for rare animal species, like this extremely elusive black stork (on the left!)
  20. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, bird, kopacki, rit
    Lara RasinKopački Rit is home to around 300 bird species, such as the cormorants seen guarding their territory here
  21. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, kopacki, rit
    Lara RasinSwampy Kopački Rit is cattail country - you'll see these pretty plants blowing in the wind all across the park
  22. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, ladybug, kopacki, rit
    Lara RasinSee the circle of life at Kopački Rit
  23. Walk around Kopački Rit's wonderful water lily expanses
    Lara RasinWalk around Kopački Rit's wonderful water lily expanses
  24. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, snake
    Lara RasinFive types of snakes make Kopački Rit their home. If you're lucky, you'll see one (or not...)
  25. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    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!
  26. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, sausage, food
    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
  27. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinBehold the 18th-century Esterhazy Castle (located just above Osijek) - currently not in function, but great fodder for the imagination
  28. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, suleiman, ottoman, bridge
    Lara RasinRight next to Esterhazy Castle, you can visit the former sight of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge built by Suleiman I
  29. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinLook around the grounds of Esterhazy Castle - you never know what small, colourful delights you'll find
  30. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinStop and smell the sunflowers (there will be fields of them wherever you look!)
  31. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinPop into a cafe in Vinkovci's historic and bright city centre
  32. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, vinkovci
    Lara RasinBan Josip Šokčević Square in Vinkovci is the perfect park to find an empty bench and just daydream or peoplewatch
  33. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, vinkovci
    Lara RasinDon't miss a trip to the Vinkovci City Museum to unravel the history of a city continuously inhabited for 8000+ years!
  34. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinIn the Vinkovci City Museum, you'll see a pot showing the first-ever Indo-European calendar (made by the Vučedolians - remember them?)
  35. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinDiscover local traditions - like the Slavonian "zlatovez" (handmade gold embroidery) pictured - in the Vinkovci City Museum's ethnological collection
  36. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinHop over to Kavana Aurelia cafe next to the museum for some mouthwatering ice cream...
  37. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara Rasin...And casually pass by Roman ruins on your way to the bathroom. Such is life in an 8000-year-old city!
  38. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinChow down on some locally sourced bbq with "palačinke" - Croatian crepes - for dessert at Vinkovci's San restaurant
  39. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinHead to Archeological Park Sopot a bit outside of the Vinkovci centre to see a reconstructed Iron Age settlement authentic to the area
  40. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, river, bosut
    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!
  43. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, sunset
    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
  45. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    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
  52. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinVisit Croatia's only museum dedicated to the traditional, banjo-like tamburica instrument - located within the fortress-turned-cultural--hub today
  53. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinExplore the fortress' polished, newly renovated side...
  54. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara Rasin...And its original, rough-around-the-edges half
  55. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, slavonski brod, fortress, trvdava
    Lara RasinClimb one of the fortress walls to get a bird's eye view of the layout and surrounding moats
  56. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary, suma, striborova
    Lara RasinHike through Slavonski Brod's hilly Striborova forest - which inspired and is named after tales by renowned Croatian author Ivana Brlić Mažuranic
  57. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    Lara RasinBike to and around Petnja Lake (13 km from Slavonski Brod) and meet its fiercely loyal local guardians
  58. slavonia, slavonija, summer, ljeto, travel, trip, itinerary
    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

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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