One of the islands that we visited while we were in Croatia, was the Island of Korcula. We were supposed to spend two days on the Island but we were waylaid by weather. None the less, it was another amazing experience, mainly because of the two meals and the people that we met at the Konoba Belin in the little village of Zeljko.
One of the great things about going on a CWAdventures trip, is that you get immersed in the culture and their way of living no matter where you visit (this was my third trip). When we landed in Korcula, our guides Dani and Ivana said that they had a “UPS” planned for the night. Well, I know I’m pretty hip and think I get the lingo, but I had never heard of this before. This was our “Unexpected Pleasant Surprise”, and it was indeed!
Konoba Belin is owned and operated by a beautiful family whose history in the town of Zeljko goes back for over a hundred years! I would definitely say that they are pretty well established in their community and that everyone knows them! LOL! The Konoba Belin has a lovely outdoor setting with family style seating. It’s perfect for large groups or even people traveling alone. You will always have someone to talk to during your visit! That being said, the owner’s of this establishment are so nice. Their outgoing demeanor’s make you feel that you are at your best friends house for a dinner party. They want you to feel comfortable and they certainly do a good job making you feel that way! One other perk of having dinner here, the entertainment! We were serenaded by a three piece local band, and eh hem, our guides. They will be mad I said that but everyone sang so beautifully, it just added to the ambiance of the evening! So all that said, a visit to Konoba Belin is a must if you are ever on the Island of Korcula. Read on, you will see why!
Ok, ok, foodie talking here! Konoba Belin served some of the best food that I have ever eaten in my life, and I have eaten a lot of food! (LOL)! It was hard to capture all the delicious things they made because food photography with intimate lighting is a little tough at night, but you will get the idea! Things that I couldn’t get good pictures of were wonderfully grilled meats, beautiful salads, cabbage and lovely desserts. Everything was artfully prepared by a family who cares. You can taste it in every bite! I wish that I could eat like this everyday!
Before our lunch we took a lovely walk around the town of Zrnovo guided by Frank, one of the owners of Konoba Belin. He gave us all the history of the town and pointed out some important things, including his grape vines, gardens and olive orchard! It’s so great to walk with a local.
No trip would be complete without meeting lovely new friends. Our group was delightful and friendly and our guides Dani and Ivana, were just amazing. They did such a great job and were just so fun to be around. Their love of Croatia is contagious. I learned so much that I didn’t know and learned that I want to know more! We walked a lot, saw a lot, laughed a ton. Perfect elements of a great trip! Thanks to them for making our trip so special! You know I’ll be back and that we will stay in touch! LUDILO!! 🙂
Well this concludes my three part series on Croatia. I hope you enjoyed the tour. I am one lucky gal and truly grateful for this experience. It will be hard to forget this trip! That’s all I can say. I’ll be back for sure!