Croatia Holidays – what to eat and drink - Al Fresco Holidays
Here is the third and final installment of Travel Supermarket’s guest blog about holidays in Croatia and what to do when you’re there. This focuses on a topic very close to everyone’s hearts – what to eat and drink!
If you want to sample a typical Croatian dish, three restaurants definitely worth a visit are Galeb, Milan 1967 and Valsabbion. Much of the local food in Pula is Italian inspired, while there are also Austrian and Hungarian influences in many Croatian dishes. Seafood is popular on the menus, with Frogfish, clams and sea bass. If you’re feeling adventurous; try “Buzara with Kvarner scampi” which is a local delicacy.
A more traditional dish is fritaja and scrambled eggs (omelette), which is prepared with asparagus, dried sausages and truffles, while other local dishes include maneštra (a thick local soup) which consists of potatoes, beans, bacon and garlic, sometimes accompanied by corn or chickpeas. Italian inspired dishes on offer are usually gnocchi and Fuži, which are both prepared with eggs and flour, and sauces made with onions, chicken and tomatoes.
If none of the local meals take your fancy; there’s usually pizza or pasta on the menu too, but you should really try and taste something new that you can’t get back home.
Pula’s restaurants are proud of their local wines, as Pula is now the country’s leading producer of top quality wines. If you’re after a red wine to accompany your dinner, ask for Teran – the local representative of Croatian wines. The white wine is called Malvasia, while there are also other regional wines such as Borgonja and Hrvatica. If you’re interested in other wines to try when on holiday, look out for Simon Woods’ guest posts about to start… Totally focusing on wine! His blogs have their own tab, wine time.
Also, make sure you try some Croatian truffles, which are grown locally in the heart of Istria, and are rare outside of the region.
If you want to head out to a bar for a few drinks, the best places to go are Aruba, Monte Serpente, Rock Club Uljanek, Oasis or Disco Joy – whatever music you’re after there’s something for everyone; soul, dance, rock or chill out music if you just want to relax with a drink.
Many Croats speak English as a second language, however not all restaurant staff may understand you, so try and learn a bit of the local lingo – you will endear yourself to those you try and converse with.
Pula also sees its fair share of hot weather in the summer months, as temperatures hit 28 degrees. Should you need to contact the British Embassy during your visit, their contact number is (385)(1) 6009 100.
Finally, the currency in Croatia is the Kuna (HRK). So you can keep track of your spending and to work out if you’re getting a bargain or paying over the odds, here is a guide to how many HRK you get for your GBP:
• £5 = 43.42 HRK
• £10 = 86.84 HRK
• £25 = 217.10 HRK
• £50 = 434.24 HRK
• £100 = 868.43 HRK
If you have any top tips about Croatia or would like to tell us about your holiday, please get in touch!