Odd Side of Croatian Gastronomy

Odd Side of Croatian Gastronomy

Amongst its beauty, Croatia is famous for its gastronomy. Being influenced by different nations and directions throughout history, made the Croatian gastronomic offer rich and various, combing eastern, Mediterranean, and continental cuisine. There are so many recipes that are not to be missed when visiting Croatia but what about those old traditional meals that our ancestors ate? Traveling is often about trying the unusual and attempting to experience a different culture in the country you’re visiting. One of the best ways to do this is to try the foods locals eat. While these dishes may be odd to the outside eye, to locals and foodies in certain regions, they are delicacies with a heritage that should be preserved. Of course, “weird food” is a bit judgmental. Often, we simply don’t realize how tastes and food have changed over the years. I mean, after all, they used to consider lobster and crab weird food until they became the food of the rich and none of us could afford it. We’re bringing you a list of the oddest foods you’ll encounter on the Croatian coast hoping that some of them will one they reach the fame of Oysters or those funny-smelling black fish eggs, or what they call them – Caviar. Joking aside, let’s dive into the “odd” side of Croatian gastronomy!
Cavtat - A pure bliss beneath the bustling Dubrovnik

Cavtat - A pure bliss beneath the bustling Dubrovnik

When talking about Croatia’s southern coast, we are often limited to thinking about the Adriatic Pearl. But did you know the beauty of Dubrovnik extends even further and is found in a town just 20 kilometers south (and 5.5 nautical miles southeast)? Meet Cavtat, Croatia’s southernmost tourist resort and what many would consider pure bliss beneath the bustling Dubrovnik. Decorated by thick pine forest and scenic beaches, Cavtat is a hop, skip, and jump from Dubrovnik Airport (just 6 kilometers away), making it a foolproof destination to begin your sailing holiday.
LOPUD – “The middle island”

LOPUD – “The middle island”

Sailing into the port of Lopud, from afar, on your left, you can already see the Franciscan monastery peeking above the surrounding walls. As the boat comes closer the luxury resort Lafodia, on the right, looks more, and more imposing. As you throw the anchor or catch a spot in the small-town port there it is in front of you, the magical Lopud. Timeless, careless dalmatian heaven, with an amazing sunset. The Lopud waterfront is beautiful. It has the feel of a civilized Dalmatian fishing town, a place of culture and heritage and yet one of relaxation and informality. There is a song about Lopud that translated says something like this: “My friend, if you want to have heaven you should know, come with us and enjoy, Lopud is the place to go!” Maybe these lyrics promise a lot but allow us to justify just how wonderful this island is.
National Parks to Visit on Your Sailing Holiday

National Parks to Visit on Your Sailing Holiday

Did you know that Croatia boasts eight national parks, four of which are located along Croatia’s coast? We’re certain you’ve heard of the most popular Plitvice Lakes, best-known thanks to its 16 cascading waterfalls. However, it’s not the easiest to reach on your sailing holiday. Fortunately for all sailing guests, there are many other national parks that pack the same punch - and we’re here to map out your park-perfect sailing route to make sure you don’t miss a beat while wrapped up in Croatia’s natural world. Let’s start in the north.
Exploring Hvar: Your Hvar Bucket List

Exploring Hvar: Your Hvar Bucket List

Perhaps Dalmatia’s most popular island and certainly the most difficult to pronounce is Hvar, or Ha-var as you’ve likely heard it said by your non-Croatian-speaking friends. However, the difficulty you may find in Hvar’s pronunciation in no way translates to the ease you’ll encounter navigating this island on your sailing holiday. It’s as if Hvar was made for sailing guests. And it won’t take long for you to see why. Praised by posh passengers for the glitz and glam of Hvar town and by conscious travelers for its adventure-packed activities, humble villages, and authentic experiences, Hvar transcends through all generations and travel types - and you’ll find there many ways to uncover its diverse dimensions, especially by yacht.
MEET THE CREW OF THE LUXURY YACHT NAVILUX

MEET THE CREW OF THE LUXURY YACHT NAVILUX

At Otium Yachts, we pride ourselves on working with some of the best in the industry. With more than a decade’s worth of experience, we learned that the crew is the heart and soul of a yacht charter experience. The crew is the one who transforms a good holiday into an exceptional sailing holiday. Hence, we are just as passionate about presenting the crew from the yachts in our fleet as we are the yachts themselves. This week, we introduce you to the crew from the luxury sailing yacht NAVILUX.