Free flights competitions: Guide to traditional Croatian cuisine for sailors

We’re full of festive food but we can’t say no to tasty goodies, especially Croatian cuisine. If you want to try their national specialities, why not enter our Christmas competition* for the chance to win two free flights to Croatia in June. All you have to do is sign up to our competition page HERE by 5 January. It really is as easy as that.


Croatians eat lots of grilled sardines, and mackerels, fried sand smelt, marinated or salted anchovies and sardines, tuna steaks (especially sliced steak), and sardines in saor.

The third day of Christmas

We’ve been sharing our technical and cultural insights about Croatia with our fun version of The Twelve Days of Christmas carol. We’ve blogged about two sails a-flapping and the winds particular to this part of the Adriatic  and Korcula’s beauty. Today our true love has left us three tots of rum, which has gone down better than three French hens, we can tell you!

Three tots of rum


On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: three tots of rum

When it comes to sailing we know you all love your food and drink. It’s great to try out some fantastic traditional cuisine after a day out on the water, but where to start? We’ve got some top feast finds for you so you can try something new and leave your shyness anchored offshore:

  1. Pre-dinner drinks – Try the sage-infused liquor called Liker Kadulja (or the Travarica), a fantastic, deep local brandy. It is also worth asking for a recommendation, as you’ll find a selection of interesting home-grown variations that the restaurateur is keen to try out on the more adventurous guests.
  2. Starter – Crni Rižoto or black cuttlefish risotto. Trust us when we say this is absolutely amazing.
  3. Main – A very traditional Croatian dish is a Peka, slow cooked meat and vegetables in a pot covered with hot embers from the fire. It’s essential to call ahead to order your dish. Squid is also fantastic in Croatia cooked this way. I’ve never had squid that just melts in your mouth like it and packed with so much flavour. It’s a must for your trip.

    day_3_vis Peka

    A very traditional Croatian dish – Peka

  4. Wine – Where to start? Seeing as you’re in Croatia, you must drink Croatian wine. Forget the snobbery, the domestic wine is always good and the most affordable on the list. We drank a few bottles of Plavac Mediterano, which was well worth the extra. Your Croatian may be a little ropey, but my advice is to learn “Is there a local speciality?”, which is “Poslužujete li lokalni specijalitet?” (phonetic pronunciation: pohs-LOO-zhoo-yeh-teh lee LOH-kahl-nee speh-tsyah-lee-TEHT).
  5. Dessert – Try Makovnjaca which is a traditional cake made with poppy seeds.

If your mouth is now watering, explore Croatia yourself and enter our competition HERE or call our knowledgeable team for advice and offers now. If you feel we’ve missed out your favourite dish, then let us know on our Facebook page .

*The prize includes two flights from London to Split. Full terms and conditions are available HEREoffers_live

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