The award for ‘Traditional Product’ was given to the family farm Anica Bažika from Lumbarda, owners of the Croatian Island Product label, with their special jams, marmalades and jams made of lemon, mandarin, fig, Plavac mali, with constant design of new products. Source: Dubrovnik-Neretva County / Cover photo: Konoba Maha Above Orebić, in Mokalo, is located Agroturizam Kapor, in the past an estate, and today an ambient complex of a Mediterranean house. In addition to delicious local food, they offer tasting of local wines Postup, Plavac and Rukatac, and they have enriched their offer with a family museum. In agritourism, great attention is paid to the youngest who during their stay can enjoy the landscaped playgrounds and promenades, all in the company of domestic animals. “For the fourth year in a row, we have been monitoring the development of rural tourism in our County, and I can truly say that year after year we can see progress in the offer and quality provided by our family farms. I am glad that the ‘Golden Orange’ has become a tradition because this award is a sign that the potential of rural areas is great and that our fellow citizens show love for their customs, antiques and original local cuisine. ‘, said the prefect Nikola Dobroslavić and congratulated the winners, but also all the finalists, on their dedicated work which raises the quality of the entire destination. She won the ‘Golden Orange’ award for 2019 Tavern Maha from the island of Korcula, which for 12 years combines a pleasant atmosphere on its rustic and energy-independent ranch with a combination of traditional flavors and modern presentation, thus completing the vision of rural and sustainable tourism. Last year, the award went to the tavern ‘Seoska kuća’ of the Novaković family from Čilip, one of the pioneers of rural tourism in Konavle, in 2017 the award went to the Metković restaurant and picnic area Đuđa i Mate, while in 2016 the first place went to OPG DIANA MAROVIĆ – EKO ŠKOJ from the island of Korčula. In front of all the winners, Ivan Marelić addressed the audience and pointed out that such recognitions are extremely important. “In this way, all of us small producers and entrepreneurs see that our efforts and work are recognized by the home county. I want to thank everyone for that and of course for this recognition”, Said Marelić. This year, a record number of business entities from the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County applied for the competition, 26 of them, and after the first round of selection, the jury selected 15 finalists. historical and eno-gastro heritage of its region. The four-member family of Konoba Knez, with their dedication and love for work, strive to provide the best service to visitors, and offer tastes of Dubrovnik’s history, because since 1921 the family has been processing and selling meat and meat products. With the presence of an increase in rapid tourism and apartmentization, the original natural beauty and historical heritage of the rural area of Pobrežje tends to be preserved. The rural household also grows various domestic animals, organic fruits, vegetables, produces house wine, homemade liqueurs and fruit brandies, and offers all visitors a real farm experience. The winners, along with the statue of the Golden Orange and the charter, were awarded with monetary amounts from 2.000 to 5.000 kunas for the improvement of their business. Photo: Villa Cypress, Ethno Art Village Podcempres / Illustration HrTurizam.hr From 2018, in addition to the gold, silver and bronze charters, two special awards are given in the categories ‘Attractions in the offer of rural tourism’ and ‘Traditional products’. After Konoba Maha, which won the most points, the second place went to Family farm Marin Knez from the Coast, while Agrotourism Kapor from Orebic won third place. Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Regional Agency DUNEA launched a selection for the best in rural tourism to point out the importance of a quality approach in running family farms in the service of rural tourism and thus gave recognition and deserved promotion to the best. Photo: Dubrovnik-Neretva County Located eight kilometers from the town of Korcula, this tavern is decorated in Dalmatian style with stone walls and gentle lighting in a garden surrounded by Mediterranean plants. The quality and ambience of this family farm has been recognized by many celebrities such as Bill Gates, Bernie Ecclestone, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and many others. Konoba Maha is one of the co-founders of the Korčula Pjatance Association – a spring food and wine fair, and they prove their vision of the property in the future by continuous education of staff and owners and constant improvement of service quality and increase of own production. This year, among the finalists, the Ethnographic Collection Barilo located in the center of Blato, which offers visitors a special and unforgettable atmosphere and a walk through the centuries of the islanders, and Školjkarstvo Antonio from Zamaslina with a unique experience the production process of this aphrodisiac. The award ceremony ‘Golden Orange’ – the selection of the best in rural tourism in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was held on June 28 at the Ranjina Palace.