EDEN finalist 2019
When a town boasts 2000 years of therapeutic tradition, it becomes evident that it was predestined to be chosen as a place where one can experience precious moments of comfort, relaxation and self-indulgence. With its picturesque historic centre eclipsed by the crown of trees lining its paths and parks, Daruvar is a town that has entered the history books due to its geothermal springs, whose medicinal properties are famous for their healing abilities. This is why the Romans named their settlement, which was founded in present-day Daruvar, Aquae Balissae, which is Latin for “very strong springs“, and which remains the best invitation for anyone looking to take advantage of the beneficial effects of thermal springs.
Mud baths were built on the medicinal geothermal spring as far back as 250 years ago, transforming Daruvar into a well-known thermal spa, a status which the town has upheld until the present-day by constantly upgrading the service, offering and amenities. The bathing and therapeutic role of the town was restored in the second half of the 18th century, when Count Antun Janković erected a castle with a park and bathing facilities. The natural springs with a water temperature ranging from 39,2 to 47,5 °C and the abundance of mineral mud have been crucial for maintaining the century-long significance of the health resort, which is today a modern oasis of relaxation, rest and health.
Daruvar also owes its current reputation to tidiness, which is why it was named several times the most well-ordered small town in Continental Croatia and is the perfect choice for travellers on holiday wishing to regenerate their body and soul and restore their strength. A wide range of baths, saunas, massages, facial and body treatments, aromatherapy, swimming pools with hot thermal water, as well as healthy food and the enjoyable and beneficial climate and fresh air – everything is aimed at the satisfaction of visitors wanting to pamper themselves.
But you can also enjoy a variety of original programmes in Daruvar and the surrounding area, such as the tradition of storing food for the winter, grape harvesting with the hosts or learning the traditional way of making grape juice. Visitors can also taste wine, cheese and other local produce in well-furnished wineries and tasting rooms, as well as enjoy the culinary offering at ethno-farms, thus experiencing a one-of-a-kind fusion of nature and the fruit of human labour.