EDEN winner of the 2014/2015

Upper Međimurje

Garden of healthy pleasures

If you like to walk or cycle, or if you are a gourmet or wine lover, it is time for you to visit Upper Međimurje. This green oasis is part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. In this part of Croatia you can try the best gibanica from Međimurje which no one can resist. 


However hard you try to prepare this delicacy made of poppy seeds, cheese, walnuts and apples equally, it will not be as delicious as when you eat it in its natural surroundings. You can eat it for any occasion, any time of the day, individually - just to satisfy your sweet tooth or as a dessert after irresistible delicacies such as meat from tibilice, turoš cheese, zander fish... Međimurje is known for its potatoes, pumpkin seed oil of high quality, and buckwheat porridge (a must-try specialty).


Small family wineries offer excellent Sauvignon, Welschriesling, Rhine Riesling, Moscato Giallo, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon.. But there is one variety that you have to try! The Pušipel, local wine brand from Međimurje that is an absolute must.


These are all reasons why Upper Međimurje deserved the title of the European destination of excellence (EDEN) for the theme “Tourism and local gastronomy”.


After taking a tourist and gourmet tour of wineries, old river mills, oil mills, tourist farms, traditional and modern restaurants, it is time to take a break and relax in the LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin Spa, located in the region declared the winner of the 2006/2007 European destinations of excellence project for the theme “Best emerging European rural destination of excellence” Međimurje is the only European region with two EDEN winners.


2014/2015: ‘Tourism and Local Gastronomy’

2014/2015 Finalists