Step into the Past
The town's name, first mentioned centuries ago, echoed in my mind as I marveled at the well-preserved medieval walls surrounding the city center.
Learning about Nikola Iločki, the powerful nobleman who shaped the town's "golden age," made me admire the resilience and beauty of this place even more.
Wine, the Heart of Ilok
The vineyards stretching towards the horizon were a sight to behold. I couldn't resist visiting the renowned Iločki Podrumi, where I was taken on a journey through time and taste.
The Old Cellar housed precious archival wines from the mid-20th century - sipping those aged flavors was like savoring history in a glass.
The Franciscan monastery beside it added an air of tranquility to the surroundings.
As I ventured further, I discovered the church of St. Ivan Kapistran, a place with an aura of spiritual significance. The stories of these places connected me to the past, making my journey even more meaningful.
Principovac: A Regal Retreat
As I climbed the landscape hill, the panoramic view of Ilok, Srijem, and Backa took my breath away.
This place held a regal charm, having once been the summer residence of the Odescalchi family - The Dukes of Ilok.
The wine tasting experience at Principovac was nothing short of divine. The royal Traminer and Graševina danced on my palate, leaving an everlasting memory.
From the ancient streets to the sun-kissed vineyards, Ilok had stolen a piece of my heart. I will forever cherish the memories of sipping aged wines at Iločki Podrumi, exploring the town's historic landmarks, and indulging in the royal wines of Principovac.
Ilok will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I hope that more travelers will venture off the beaten path to experience the magic that lies in this Croatian gem. Until we meet again, Ilok - Živjeli! (Cheers!)