We believe that the best way to experience local culture is through food. Food tells the story of a destination’s history, culture, and people. By combining local food and drink with travel, food tours offer an authentic taste of the region and unique local experience while contributing to local economy.
Travelers are becoming more interested in the various cuisines from countries all over the world, and are planning vacations specifically to incorporate culinary experiences. Tasting new food, encountering new ingredients, and enjoying local hospitality is one of the most delicious ways to experience authentic local culture.
With this ever-growing trend in food tourism, that is both affordable and accessible, the travel industry has seen a rise in local food tours (also known as culinary tours and foodie tours). Further sparking the growth of food tours are millions of food and beverage themed photos that are shared daily across social media fueling additional interest to experience local culture through food.
What are Food Tours?
Food tours are generally walking tours lasting 2-4 hours that offer food and drink sampling while learning about the cuisine, culture, people, and history of the area.
There are also longer foodie tours that extend over multiple days and locations. However, the shorter walking food tours are more popular because they’re less expensive, are focused on immediate local neighborhood of current location, last only few hours, and don’t require transportation.
Why Experience Food Tours?
There are many reasons why food tours are popular, including:
- Unique experience – Food tours offer an exciting way to experience a destination through guided tastings.
- Food tasting adventure – Food tours offer authentic local food experiences that engage visitors more deeply with the local culture.
- New flavors – Food tours offer freshly made, delicious, local food and drinks.
- Sightseeing – Food tours are a great way to go sightseeing with a local expert guide while also sampling food and drinks.
- Local culture – Learning about a place through local cuisine provides great insight into local life.
- Connections – Food tours offer opportunity to connect with other foodies and locals.
- Insider tips – Local expert guides offer many insider tips on best spots in the neighborhoods.
- Fun, memorable experience – Food tours are fun and offer an unforgettable travel experience.
Croatia Food Tours
Croatia is famous for its crystal-clear sea, historic towns, amazing sights, islands, nature, and rich culture and history. Learn more about Croatia.
Croatia is also becoming well known for its gastronomic delights. Croatian food reflects its historical, cultural, geographical, and climate features. Though Croatia is not a big country, it has a colorful food and wine scene influenced by dramatic change of landscape, climate, history, cooking, and wines from region to region. Croatian cuisine combines local traditions with local ingredients and imagination to produce amazing food. Home-made pasta, fresh vegetables and fruits, local truffle, cured meats, freshly-caught fish, and local olive oil are staples in many of Croatia’s restaurant. And with more than a hundred wineries spread over Croatia, it is not surprising that Croatia is fast developing into a top-notch gourmet destination for food and wine lovers from all over the world! Learn more about Croatian food, wine, and olive oil.
During last few years, food tourism has been rapidly growing in Croatia. More and more people are joining food tours to experience Croatian culture through food, a trend that ties with the overall rise in culinary tourism across the world. Growing from just few specialized foodie tours few years ago, there are now many local food tours that cover most part parts of Croatia and offer and outstanding taste of local food and culture.
Shown below are most popular food tours in Croatia, organized by Croatia regions.
Istria Food Tours
Istrian peninsula boasts Old World charm, unique culinary experiences, and seaside and hilltop appeal. Istria produces some of the world’s best olive oil, remarkable local wines, and spectacular truffles, and has become the gourmet capital of Croatia. Istria is also known as the “Croatian Tuscany” for its emblematic dishes and ingredients rivaling those in neighboring Italy, including truffles, seafood, fish, oysters, Boskarin beef, cheese, aged prsut, dried meats, olive oil, and homemade pasta. Learn more about Istria.
Zagreb Food Tours
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia. Cafes and bakeries are abundant throughout the city. The gastronomic selection in Zagreb comprises a rich combination of many cuisines, including specialties of inland Croatia as well as Mediterranean and international cuisine. Learn more about Zagreb.
Dubrovnik Food Tours
Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, for the first time or revisiting after many previous visits, the sense of awe for this amazing walled city on the Adriatic never fails. Dubrovnik’s gastronomic scene is varied and versatile, and includes traditional food and top gourmet offerings using fresh ingredients and fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea with chef reinterpreting traditional recipes in their creations. The wines are also splendid and so is the Dalmatian olive oil. Learn more about Dubrovnik.