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The Marunada – Lovran's traditional sweet chestnut festival

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What are maruni?

Maruni are a sweet chestnut species that grows on the Opatija Riviera at the foot of Mount Učka, especially around Lovran. Compared to "common" chestnuts, maruni are larger, sweeter, a lighter colour, and the skin can be peeled more easily. Due to their superb quality, maruni have been one of the most important exports in this area since the 17th century, alongside other traditional produce such as olives, cherries and wine. The heyday of their popularity was in the 19th century, when various products made from Lovran's sweet chestnuts were widely popular in Italy, Germany and Austria.

Visit the Marunada and discover the magic of maruni chestnuts!

During the Marunada chestnut festival, Lovran is entirely dedicated to chestnuts and products made from them. Roasted chestnuts, cakes, pancakes, chestnut puree, chestnut goulash, chestnut pie… These are only some of the imaginative dishes prepared with chestnuts that can be sampled during the Marunada festival. In addition to chestnuts, you can sample other traditional specialities of the region such as home-made nouveau wine, or medica – a honey brandy that makes the area's pleasant autumn weather even more enjoyable.

Of course, there is also a packed programme of cultural and entertainment events and a wide range of local souvenirs on offer to make sure your visit to Lovran remains in your memory. The central event takes place on the town's main square and includes performances by folklore groups, the famous Lovran Brass Band and guests from other parts of Croatia. 

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