Within Croatia’s interior, there’s a hidden gem that many independent tourists may not come across near Sibenik, Croatia. Located in Pakovo Selo, about a 20-minute drive from Sibenik is Etnoland, a unique attraction that showcases Croatian culture to those that wish to step back in time to learn more. Here, visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of the region of Dalmatia.
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We were warmly invited by owner Josko Lokas to help bring more awareness to Etnoland. He also wanted to share some exciting news about how small groups and individuals may not visit (usually only very large groups are allowed in). Luckily, Etnoland is in the process of creating opportunities for smaller groups of tourists to visit – just like us, and it’s only a 20-minute drive from Sibenik, Croatia.
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Etnoland is a really more of a live-action museum. On a narrated tour, guests get to taste, drink, and immerse themselves into Croatian culture. Visitors are brought into a replica of a traditional Croatian home to learn more about daily life was previously like in Dalmatia.
Our guide spoke as if he was a storyteller from the past, sharing funny personal recollections and witty reflections of a past time. The tour provides opportunities to learn with all the senses. We felt the straw beds, smelled smoked prosciutto, tasted homemade wine, and danced to traditional Croatian music.
We felt the straw beds, smelled smoked prosciutto, tasted homemade wine, and danced to traditional Croatian music.
The Feast at Etnoland
As part of the tour, visitors are invited to dine on some of the best local cuisines in inner Dalmatia. On-site, the restaurant serves up delicious, local fare that is slow roasted under the peka. A peka is a baked dish with meat and vegetables and is a traditional way of preparing food in Croatia.
We can attest that the lamb here was exceptional. It was succulent, tender and full of flavor. Served with roasted vegetables, fresh cabbage salad, and soft bread, it was one of the best meals we’ve had in Croatia.
Now Welcomes Small Groups or Individuals
Etnoland is typically visited by large tour groups and students coming to learn more about the local culture. However, there are exciting plans for 2018. Etnoland is currently developing a program that will welcome small groups or individuals that want to come experience this hidden gem.
Guests will be able to experience a self-guided audio tour and have dinner at the restaurant. At this time, the restaurant is open Sundays from 17:00-21:00 with reservations highly encouraged to ensure seating.
Want to know more about “Show me your walnut?” Take a look at our VLOG featuring our day exploring Etnoland. It’s a great cultural attraction hidden in beautiful inner Dalmatia.
You Must Watch This Short Clip of Our Time at Etnoland
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