The last time we visited Jurlinovi Dvori area in Dalmatia, a group of American tourists was present onsite. One of them was John Banuelo from San Francisco, who didn’t hide his fascination with this old Croatian settlement. “We travelled 7500 kilometers to reach this place from California, and we don’t regret a single centimeter of such voyage,” Banuelo said to LC source. “We have been exploring the Dalmatian region for twelve days now, and I am truly impressed with its astonishingly beautiful coast and old villages. I can’t believe archaic places such as this one exist in the world. I actually think I can make my second home here.”
In 2013, Jurlinovi Dvori celebrated 35 years of active tourist services. Being one of the first rural areas in Sibenik-Knin County to choose such path, it charms its visitors with old estates and authentic vibe of old Dalmatia. The whole complex became a part of Croatia’s ethno-cultural monument protection program, and so far expressed welcome to over fifty thousand tourists.
“Much was done to preserve the original look of Jurlinovi Dvori. Its one-floor houses, paved courtyard, old kitchens and traditional Dalmatian inn serving the popular Babic wine are worthy of everyone’s visit,” says don Stipe Perkov, a Catholic clergyman overseeing the settlement. “When you arrive, you will witness what life looked like in Dalmatia three centuries ago. And how hard it was sometimes for Croats to live in scarcity, as the surrounding soil hides its treasures pretty well.”
In order to depict the beauty of Jurlinovi Dvori, we’ll just describe the scenery surrounding us as we talked with don Stipe. His home is surrounded by a private an olive grove and one thousand Babic vines. One of his vineyards is literally situated in his back yard, and at the time of our visit, a group of French visitors, genuine residents of Champagne region, praised the fine taste of degustated wine.
And while the wine is being tried, one can feel the aroma of fine chickpeas brew, cooking above the flame together with some hand-picked herbs and several slice of pancetta. On the other hand of traditionally arranged kitchen, the host prepares home-made bread, soon to be roasted in a lovely stone oven.
After the guests had their meal, they finish it with a freshly picked fig and a glass of domestic brandy. Somewhere from the back, a sound of donkey braying is heard, making don Stipe quite happy. “The most wonderful melody” he smiles, describing his pet’s sound. Then he tells the story of two British tourists which decided to return to civilization riding a donkey from Jurlinovi Dvori. “It took them some time, but they reached Primosten mounted on tovar. Now, that’s what one could call a true Dalmatian experience.”
What to add? Come to Jurlinovi Dvori, and witness why it is getting more attention on annual base.