Pustara Višnjica (Croatia)
Welcome to Pustara Višnjica
Višnjica is an estate situated in the east of Croatia. It is surrounded by beautiful lime and chestnut tree gardens and old pine and maple trees. The beauty and tranquillity of this place is mesmerising. Pustara Višnjica is located in the Slavonia region in Virovitičko-Podravska County, just 13 km from Slatina. The word Pustara comes from an old Hungarian word ‘puszta’, which meant ‘land used for raising cattle and breeding horses’. This type of land was once a common feature across the Croatian landscape, but after many years of neglect, Pustara Višnjica is now the only working Pustara in the country. The fascinating landscape, mild climate, fresh air and clear water, as well as the culture and history of this place have had a great influence on regeneration of the region. Today, Višnjica offers something for everyone. It’s the perfect destination for those looking for peace and quiet as well as those looking for adventure. Horseback-riding, cycling, hiking and swimming are just some of the activities on offer.
Regeneration and revival
The regeneration of Pustara Višnjica is based on the idea of returning back to nature and revitalising the values of a healthy lifestyle through tourism. Connecting agriculture and traditional local activities to sustainable tourism, was a new proposition and one of the key challenges. Today, there are numerous regeneration programmes in Pustara Višnjica, including: the development of rural tourism, horse breeding, and the cultivation of sweet potato, grains and medicinal herbs. The 19th Century buildings have been restored and given a new purpose; the old residential buildings are now workshop studios. Here you can learn the art of cooking and traditional jewellery or pottery making. The old stables have been restored and over 70 horses, of various breeds, now thrive on the land. The development also now includes riding and cycling paths, ideal for discovering the beauty of the region and its surroundings
- take a walk or cycle through the Papuk Geopark, the biggest park in the area. The Točak peaks are also worth a visit
- don’t forget to try the local cuisine. Višnjica is a fabulous restaurant that offers a wide selection of dishes, using local ingredients
- if you are looking for something more active, have a go at quad biking or paintballing on the broad plains that surround the property