Stella Croatica
Stella Croatica
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Stella Croatica is an experience center which provides a true insight into the natural, cultural and gastronomic heritage of Dalmatia. As one of the best national brands, the entire complex is dedicated to experiencing Dalmatia with all senses. When one starts the experience with the smell of freshly produced traditional sweets, it is a great example what to expect, especially since one can taste them at the end of the guided tour! The crown of our experience is the visit to the Olive museum, especially if one pairs it with the additional educative program on how to recognize real extra virgin olive oil. Since gastronomy is a great way to learn about the local culture, for our visitors we prepare only the most traditional dishes using local ingredients. A leisure walk though the botanical collection of typical Dalmatian plants is just what one needs after a nice lunch. Use the QR codes to find out more information about those plants and take memorable photos!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Hoppenator
    Minneapolis, Minnesota2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Cultural Gem Not to be Missed
    Beautiful gardens, delicious traditional Croatian food, informational museum, and a phenomenal shop that carries natural products. Our tour leader was amazing as well. A must-see while visiting the Split area.
    Dear James6414, You said it all in not so many words, we are delighted you really enjoyed Stella Croatica and that you felt the need to share your impressions with other travelers! Hopefully, you will not wait for too long to visit us again! Best regards, Stella Team
    Written 25 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 20 July 2023
  • meginiowa
    West Des Moines, Iowa47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational, fun, and delicious
    What a wonderful experience. We had a cooking glass and enjoyed a meal of Croatian foods in the courtyard, along with local wines. The olive museum is very educational. The tastings were educational as well. I would definitely recommend visiting Stella Croatica.
    Dear meginiowa, Thank you for joining one of our special culinary experiences and for deciding to write a review about it! We appreciate the recommendation and would love to see you back for another great experience! Kind regards,
    Written 11 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 October 2023
  • LokiLaaLaa
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best attraction near Split
    We took the bus to get there from Split. It is well signposted and only a 5 minute walk from the bus stop. Absolutely fantastic place. Greeted very warmly by Kristof who took us on a tour which was very interesting and informative. Lovely botanical gardens, interesting museum and a huge shop full of well priced gifts to take home. The restaurant is in a delightful courtyard. The olive oil cake is a must and absolutely delicious.
    Dear LokiLaaLaa, Thank you for visiting us! Since our goal is to present Dalmatia's tradition to our visitors, we are so happy that you left with such nice impressions about our Olive museum, botanical gardens and traditional tavern. The olive oil cake with rosemary and lavender is indeed something special, since the recipe has been in the family for decades. Best regards,
    Written 11 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
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Hoppenator
Minneapolis, MN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Beautiful gardens, delicious traditional Croatian food, informational museum, and a phenomenal shop that carries natural products. Our tour leader was amazing as well. A must-see while visiting the Split area.
Written 20 July 2023
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Dear James6414, You said it all in not so many words, we are delighted you really enjoyed Stella Croatica and that you felt the need to share your impressions with other travelers! Hopefully, you will not wait for too long to visit us again! Best regards, Stella Team
Written 25 July 2023
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meginiowa
West Des Moines, IA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
What a wonderful experience. We had a cooking glass and enjoyed a meal of Croatian foods in the courtyard, along with local wines. The olive museum is very educational. The tastings were educational as well. I would definitely recommend visiting Stella Croatica.
Written 5 October 2023
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Dear meginiowa, Thank you for joining one of our special culinary experiences and for deciding to write a review about it! We appreciate the recommendation and would love to see you back for another great experience! Kind regards,
Written 11 June 2024
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Surfy B
Sion, Switzerland37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Driving out of Split, we stopped at the Fortress of Klis before heading further north. We paid 30 kunas for the ticket each and we were explained that included in the price was the entry to Stella Croatica. We decided to visit it even if not knowing what it really was.

We arrived and were very nicely welcomed to wait for the next guided tour. Maria took really good care of us and showed us the grounds explaining what they are producing and selling.

After the visit, we were brought to the store where you can taste most of their amazing products which make great gifts for family and friends. All are homemade and natural and taste amazing. We got out of the shop with three full bags of purchased items.

I would recommend this place to all lovers of homemade and biological local products and would not recommend this place to families with teenagers and young kids as they would get easily bored.

Thanks to Stella Croatica’s staff for making our visit very informative and delicious.
Written 9 August 2019
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Dear SurfyB, Thank you for the kind review following the tour of Stella Croatica park, it is nice to hear Maria was able to make it a memorable one for you. It makes us proud to hear you were pleased with our natural products so much that you couldn't resist buying three full bags when you saw all the discounts that we offer in our concept store. Finally, I am sure all other travellers will appreciate your review and we will keep coming up with new delicious products untill your next visit! Warm regards, Stella Team
Written 13 August 2019
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GlennL73
Beckenham, UK402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
We were taken to this rather out of the way vendor of local home made and locally produced products on out tour. I am sure the guides or their bosses get a small thank you in one way or another. It is a pleasant stop where one can taste locally produced food products, drinks sweets, jams, preserves, olive paste etc. It is clean and well presented, you can try before you buy all on display, so we did. We gave our young daughter a free hand saying she can get one thing for herself, after all it was her holiday as well, you would never believe she it, she chose the Olive paste she said she loved it, (like us she tried all bar the alcoholic drinks). On getting to our room in the hotel she gave me strict instructions to keep the olive paste in the safe of our room and no one was to eat it without her permission. The guide was astounded that she has never seen a child so young given a free hand to choose what she wanted and she chose olive paste over the beautiful sweets on offer, including almonds in sugar and candied orange peel. Well worth a stop we spent over 200 kuna, the products are not cheap but of high quality..
Written 5 November 2016
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Z P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
The ticket to the Klis Fortress (60 kn) apparently includes the admissions fee to Stella. We had a couple of hours to kill before going to the airport, so we decided to go. The village was very clean, and there was water and cookies at the welcome center when we waited for the next tour. Excellent hospitality by the host there, Dragica, and she gave us the first leg of the tour on the production of fig cake. The other legs of the tour (in total about 30 min or less) would introduce you to different soaps, essential oils, and took you through their gardens, and you would end up at their shop with the products you were introduced to on the tour.

The restaurant in the ethno-village was wonderful and a perfect place to have lunch before going to the airport. Servers were very friendly. We had the Pašticada there, and it was one of the most delicious things we had in Croatia!
Written 3 July 2019
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Dear quasiexperiment, Thank you for deciding to visit our estate and have lunch here with your ticket from Klis fortress, which is really a great added value. Since we put a lot of effort into presenting this interesting story to guests who decide to visit us, it is rewarding to hear praises regarding our devoted staff, with special emphasis you put on Dragica. Our culinary team will be most pleased to hear you especially enjoyed Pašticada with gnocchi in our etno village, where we only serve traditional dishes using local ingredients. Best regards, Stella Team
Written 7 July 2019
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House2339
Barcelona, Spain46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We started our day at Fort Kliss. The entrance fee there was 40 Kuna a person included tickets to Stella Croatia Etno Park. After having laid out 80 Kuna already we decided to stop and see what it was. It’s not a park it’s a business. They make and sell olive oil, honey, jams and beauty supplies. The grounds were very lovely.

We have a nice tour of the shop with one of the employees and dropped 280 Kuna on 4 items. We were told there was a nice cafe and etno village on the grounds. We walked over. It was very lovely but just a few rooms behind the production building. The staff here offered us lunch. No menu just a verbal rundown. There were two things to chose from. Beef stew w gnocchi and pasta. We tried both. No beverages other than water. We found out later there was a menu it just hadn’t been offered. Probably because we would have run when we saw the prices.

We were taking turns driving and decided to forgo the wine. While the food was bland but tasty when the time came to pay the bill our server informed us it was 270 Kuna. We had to scrounge for cash because she didn’t know how to run the credit card machine. It was lunch. A 270 Kuna lunch is absurd. While tasty it didn’t merit the price tag. I was very disappointed and felt I had been had.

My recommendation. If you paid to get into Kliss drive over and see the store. Wander the grounds. But avoid the cafe.
Written 16 April 2019
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Dear Guest, Thank you for writing a review on TripAdvisor. We are glad you took the possibility of visiting Stella Croatica with your Klis fortress ticket and enjoyed our park and concept store with local delicacies and natural cosmetics. We feel sorry to not hava been able to show the right level of hospitality in our tavern and would like to apologize on behalf of our former employee there, who had a first day on the job that very day. Our meals are prepared from the products of our garden and local pastures, therefore the prices need to reflect that offer. I hope you will decide to visit our place once again, in order to experience a complete service in a proper way. Best regards, Marin Jerković
Written 22 May 2019
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gdkaufmann
Midwest12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Stella Croatica produces some of the best fig cake and candied citrus rind we tried during our 10 days traveling up and down the Dalmatian Coast. We loved touring the factory, which is set up (with big windows) specifically for viewing.

The charming and picturesque historic village (alongside the factory) is both charming and informative. If you are lucky enough to sample some of the traditional foods (cheese, meats,etc.) offered on a few of the village tours, you won't regret it.
Written 17 July 2015
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Thank you very much for your review! We're glad you enjoyed our ethnovillage, factory and our delicacies!
Written 20 July 2015
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John
46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
On our way to Split(a town on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast), we stopped at Stella Croatica @ A Delightful Discovery. The place is not touristic, but rustic and authentic. We had our dinner there. Simply loved the delicious pumpkin soup served with (premium olive oil, sea salt and bread). The hostess(very warm and friendly) showed us around the miniature garden(showcasing the products they grow). The staff was very professional, warm and welcoming. We were under no pressure to buy anything. Guess what ! we end up buying a lot of their products. Simply enjoyed our evening at this fantastic and amazing place ! Highly recommended for a visit.
Written 13 October 2019
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Lorna and Matth... C
Chippenham, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Well worth a visit. Included in 60 kuna ticket price for Klis fortress. Delicious food, great tour, amazing shop and gardens.
Written 22 September 2019
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Dear Lorna and Matth, Thanks for the short review of Stella Croatica and the kind words about the property. We would love to welcome you again next year! Kind regards, Stella Team
Written 2 October 2019
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Caoimhe M
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is one of the nicest things to do in split. We had a quick and breezy tour around the factory, garden, and shop and then we were left to our own devices. I think we spent 3 hours there!! Their shop is amazing and we had a lovely chat with a wonderful woman who worked there. Her name was something like Dragoneska (sorry if I spelled it wrong!). Such gorgeous products and such good value. We then had a lovely 3 course traditional meal in their restaurant for really good value! We had the most authentic experience in the restaurant where we were served by a lovely man Josip who was very funny and chatty! It was our last day in Croatia and we spent it at Stella Croatica - a day well spent.
Written 28 August 2019
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Dear Caoimhe M, Many thanks for a wonderful review of Stella Croatica. We are delighted to have been able to provide a memorable experience with our tour of the property, with our guide Dragica explaining you our story and way of work. On top of that, it seems that Josip, our host in the tavern really made your day with his chartacter and presentation, which he will be glad to hear. Finally, it is nice to hear you find our traditional products to be offering great value for money. We expect to see you back soon! Kind regards, Stella Team
Written 2 October 2019
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