Slavonija - Podravina

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Slavonian idyll embraced by the hills

Virovitica-Podravina County is located on the border of the Podravina valley and the large mountains of Bilogora, Papuk and Krndija. Palaeolithic people found their home on the slopes of Bilogora and during Antiquity and the Middle Ages the entire Pannonian valley took over the way of life and customs of the area. Today, the region can boast a clean environment, wonderful dense forests, rivers, lakes and springs of crystal clear drinkable water, as well as with Papuk, one of the most famous nature parks.

If you find a place to stay in one of many family houses, you will find peace and experience the famous Slavonian hospitality. In the very heart of the Nature Park Papuk, you can stay in a mountain hut, while on the village farms you can taste true idyll if you set off on excursions into the surrounding areas, walking and exploring. You can get to know the culture, customs and heritage in the Regional Museum in Slatina, on Rupnica – a unique natural monument in Voćin and the Viroexpo Fair – the international fair of economy, crafts and agriculture in Virovitica.

Entertainment alongside good food and music is certainly not strange to the Slavonians. Besides being able to participate in seasonal Slavonian parties throughout the year, such as Days of Bread, Wine, Beer or Songs, Slavonia abounds in festivals of traditional folklore and music, such as Days of Milko Kelemen in Slatina and the Songs of Podravina festival and Podravlje in Pitomača. If you want to relax, you should definitely visit the beautiful promenade of Edita Schubert in Virovitica and the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Voćin.

Those who want a more active type of entertainment, adventure awaits at numerous bike routes along the river and hills. On a horse, a quad or a bike, you will discover local gems hidden among the hills, while you can get to know the flora and the fauna if you decide to start a hunting or a fishing adventure, which attracts many visitors every day.

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