Slavonia is a region rich in culture, history, and nature. The lowland region of Slavonia was once the Pannonian Sea, which left behind a fertile land that has been cherished throughout history. In fact the Slavonian city of Vinkovci is the site of the oldest settlement in all of Europe—continuously inhabited for 8,000 years!
Three great rivers frame Slavonia. The 1,770-mile-long Danube is the second-longest river in Europe, stretching through 10 countries from Germany to the Black Sea, and has been a trade route since ancient times. The 615-mile-long Sava and the 440-mile-long Drava are tributaries of the Danube, and have provided centuries of natural resources, trade, and transportation.
The area encompassing Slavonia was once a part of the Roman Empire and was named Vallis Aurea, the Golden Valley. It is crossed by the 45th parallel, known for encircling the best wine-growing regions around the world, and the wines produced here are no exception. Over the centuries, the area has seen Medieval fortifications, monasteries, Ottoman-era churches, and Baroque mansions, as well as bloody conflicts. If you are interested in history, art, or architecture, you can explore here to your heart’s content.
If you’re planning just a quick visit to Slavonia, we think you should consider staying a little longer. The richness of the land and culture lie beneath the surface. Take time to meet the kind-natured people, enjoy their world-class wines and traditional foods, explore the lush environment, and learn about their fascinating heritage.