Show Me Your Walnut: Visiting Etnoland-Dalmati

Within Croatia’s interior, there’s a hidden gem that many independent tourists may not come across. Located in Pakovo Selo, about a 10 minute drive from National park Krka, Etnoland is 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 Dalmatia. 

Take in the quaint charms of Etnoland.

We were warmly invited by owner Josko Lokas to help bring more awareness to Etnoland. He also wanted to share some exciting changes for the 2018 season. Usually reserved for large groups, Etnoland is in the process of creating opportunities for smaller groups to visit – just like us.

The Tour

Many locals will hold their weddings here to take advantage of the picturesque backdrop.

Etnoland is a really more of a live action museum. On a narrated tour, guests get to taste, drink, and emerse 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 story teller 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. We smelled smoked prosciutto. We tasted homemade wine. We heard traditional music. We saw traditional dancing.

We felt the straw beds. We smelled smoked prosciutto. We tasted homemade wine. We heard traditional music. We saw traditional dancing.

The Feast

In Croatia, any time roasted lamb is served, you know it’s a special treat.

As part of the tour, visitors are invited to dine on some of the best local cuisine 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.

New for 2018

Our tour guide was passionate about sharing Croatian culture. He had an amusing and engaging way to bring history alive.

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.

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