Pitomača is situated in the continental region of Croatia near the border with the Republic of Hungary, half way between Zagreb and Osijek. It is characterised by its fertile flat fields, the mild slopes of Bilogora and the clean and protected river Drava with its across river jewel – the village of Križnica.
The first mention of Pitomača is from a document which dates back to 1535, but the true development of the settlement began at the end of the 17th century after the banishment of the Turks. Since then Pitomača has been developing and growing slowly but steadily as a trading place until 1994 when in the new Croatian state it received the status of a municipality and had become an economical and cultural centre for 12 villages with the total of approximately 10000 inhabitants.
Pitomača as a rural and „green“ tourist destination offers a range of attractive activities such as hunting, fishing, enjoying nature, canoeing, horseback riding, sand volleyball and cycling on local, regional and international routes like the EUROVELO 13 – Iron Curtain Trail which passes through the area. It also offers a rich eno-gastro experience in its restaurants and wine cellars. There are also significant protected areas of the Regional Park Mura-Drava, or the UNESCO proclaimed Biosphere reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, which has been included into the biggest network of protected natural areas in the world – NATURA 2000 – for its biological and landscape diversity.
The main occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture therefore there are many family farms that grow vegetables, fruit, medicinal herbs, grapes, tobacco, grains or keep cattle and bees. There is a rich religious life as well in 4 Roman Catholic parishes: St Vitus in Pitomača, St Peter and Paul in Stari Gradac, the Holy Trinity in Turnašica and St Florian in Grabrovnica.
Two great Croatian poets, Petar Preradović and Drago Britvić, that had sown the seeds from which the rich cultural and social life in the form of the Cinema club „Slavica“ and the Music festival Songs of Podravina and Podravlje have grown from.
In the year of Petar Preradović’s 200th birthday work has begun on the restoration of his home in Grabrovnica where a modern interpretation centre will be placed inspired by the poet’s life and work and which will become the central place for cultural tourism in the municipality of Pitomača.