Trsteno Cooking Class

Traditional cooking by Croatia's most beautiful garden!

The small coastal village of Trsteno was once the summer retreat for the aristocracy of Dubrovnik where they built their gorgeous summer residences and villas. Only a 30-minute-drive from Dubrovnik, it feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle. Also known for the oldest Arboretum in this part of the world, a place where plants from all over the world celebrate unity in remarkable displays of shapes and colors, a visit to Trsteno recalls the oasis it once was. A glimpse into the past and the traditions of Dalmatian village life that still exist is made all the more special by learning and enjoying the secrets of traditional Dalmatian cooking in the beautiful ancestral villa, home and gardens of Katija!

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Duration:   half day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Dubrovnik

Available May to October

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Cooking traditional dishes
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Fresh seafood
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Katja's delicacies
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Neptune's fountain

Tour description

Depart Dubrovnik in the morning and head to the small picturesque seaside village of Trsteno and its historic Arboretum - a Renaissance estate with a botanical garden and two 500-year old gigantic monuments – Asian plane trees. This was the summer residence of the Gučetić-Gozze noble family and its garden has been continually cultivated from the 15th century to present day!

The estate comprises lush gardens surrounding a simple but elegant summer residence, a stone aqueduct which powered the lush blossoms, olive oil mill, private chapel, Neptune's fountain and the pavilion overlooking the sea and the island, and is considered one of the finest samples of Dubrovnik summer residence and landscaping architecture. The Arboretum has long been a place of admiration and recently a Game of Thrones filming location as well!

Strolling through the Arboretum you will reach the traditional family residence of your host Katija. Katija grows an organic garden by her house, which is where you will pick vegetables and herbs for your dinner. It's a seasonal selection so your menu will very much depend on the time of the year you are visiting. But, everything fresh and homegrown! Katija's father loves to fish and knows many local fishermen to get the catch of the day from.

Together with Katija, in her family home, you will prepare a traditional Dalmatian meal in the way families have been doing for centuries here, including baking your own bread under the iron bell, locally known as peka.

This is an experiential tour which will require you to work in order to get the best out of it. But, it will be worth the effort in the end!

Dobar tek!

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Dubrovnik region by our professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, hands on cooking class and lunch with drinks and wine. 
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hats and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • Choose between preparing a traditional meat or fish meal and please advise on any dietary restrictions you might have.

Trsteno Arboretum

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Founded by the local noble family Gučetić Gozze in the late 15th century, the Arboretum was started from the seeds and plants that ship captains brought back from their travels. It must have been in existence already by 1492, as this is when the aqueduct was constructed to irrigate it. The Arboretum reserves a very special place among the old Dalmatian and Mediterranean parks due to its five century long continuous development from Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic forms to the present. Heavily struck in the conflict of 1991 and then by a forest fire following a drought, today the Arboretum is well-recuperated and open to visitors daily.

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Trsteno Cooking Class

Trsteno Cooking Class

Traditional cooking by Croatia's most beautiful garden!