The Croatian National Tourist Board has divided Croatia into six distinct tourist regions, and Slavonia is one of these six regions. It is also one of the four historical regions of Croatia, alongside Istria, Dalmatia and Croatia proper.
Slavonia is located in the Pannonia Basin in eastern Croatia, largely bordered by the rivers Danube, Drava and Sava. The largest Slavonian cities are Osijek and Slavonski Brod.
Compared the Croatian coast, Slavonia is not a common tourist destination, but there are a lot of interesting things to experience here for those who dare to venture off the beaten bath. There is for instance several spas to visi, and the protected wetland Kopački Rit with its rich birdlife, including both black and white storks.
Each year, the festivals Đakovački vezovi, Vinkovačke jeseni and Brodsko kolo celebrates the local folklore, with traditional dancing, costumes and singing. Horse parades with beautiful traditionally decorated wagons are also common. During Đakovački vezovi, choirs and opera singers perform in the Đakovo Cathedral.
With a population exceeding 100,000 residents, Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia. This old city is situated on the right bank of the river Drava, roughly 25 km upstream from the place where Drava merges with Danube.
Many old-style buildings have been preserved in Osijek, including the neo-Gothic Church of St. Peter and Paul who features the second highest church tower in the country (only Zagreb Cathedral has a taller tower).
One of the most notable of the cultural events that takes place annually in Osijek is the Croatian Tambura Music Festival in May, which attracts tambura orchestras from all over Croatia.
Throughout the summer months, the Osijek Summer Nights are a series of entertainment events held out in the open, alongside market stalls and food stalls.
The nearby forested area known as Kopački Rit, located in Baranja, is famous for its hunting. Osijek is also surrounded by thriving farmlands and the Drava river, and this combination has created a rich culinary tradition that includes anything from venison to pork sausages and fish dishes. Don’t miss out on the delicious paprika-flavored pork kulens and the likewise paprika-flavored fish stew riblji paprikaš. Two brands of beer are brewed in the city: Osječko and Esseker.
Kopački rit is a nature park northwest of the confluence of the rivers Drava and Danube. It is a large wetland with a high degree of biodiversity, and it is especially well-known among bird watchers since over 250 different bird species have been reported from this site.
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Daily passes can be purchased at the visitors center.
Guided tours are available by foot, by panoramic boats and by team of horses.
The international bicycle route Pannonian Peace Route and Danube Route both go through Kopački rit. Bikes can be rented at the visitors center.
The list of birds spotted here includes white-tailed eagle, European green woodpecker, white stork, black stork, wild geese, great white egret, and kingfishers. Many migratory birds make rest stops here on their way south or north.
The forest around the swamp is home to animals such as wild boar, wildcats, stone marten, pine marten, red deer and roe deer.
Angling is permitted in certain spots. Examples of fish that live here are perch, pike, pike-perch, carp, catfish, ide, tench, and bream.