The cream of Croatia’s coastal and island restaurants

Along Croatia’s Adriatic coast you will find the freshest and tastiest of ingredients, menus designed according to the season and recipes that have been passed down through generations. Traditional family restaurants serve up exquisite fresh meat and fish on the islands, while in the larger cities and coastal hotels fine dining has arrived, with some restaurants creating an intriguing fusion of tradition and modernity.

There is an increasing choice for vegetarians, but Croatia is a nation of meat-lovers; on the coast however fish and seafood is abundant. Cooking styles vary from region to region, with seafood cooked with sauces and pasta in Italian-influenced Istria, and served straight from the grill in Dalmatia. Some areas are famed for their lobsters, mussels and oysters, specifically Ston in the Dubrovnic area and the springs of Istria.

The adventurous will not be disappointed by local wines and liquors but other European wines may be harder to find. There is a huge variety of homemade and more prestigious Croatian wine, and many restaurants are beginning to highlight local vintages.

Croatia’s spectacular coastline of bays and islands is best explored by boat, and many of the restaurants featured have moorings or anchorages directly adjacent. As you enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic, these are the places to sample their bounty.

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