Dalmatia – Dubrovnik

Dalmatia – Dubrovnik: Dingač and the best shellfish in the Adriatic

Explore the rural south of Croatia – in our countryside, the nobles of the old Republic of Ragusa would spend precious moments – so why not you too?

We grow the best fruits and vegetables in the most fertile Croatian valley along the Neretva River, and on the Pelješac peninsula, we produce some of the best Croatian red wines and top-quality shellfish.


Wherever you go, you come across special cultural heritage and natural wonders. No matter the location, you cannot but love a holiday in old, renovated stone houses and food prepared according to old, local recipes on one of more than 60 rural homesteads. Dubrovnik also has a beautiful, rural side – Konavlethe ElaphitiMljet, and Lastovo - take the time to discover these gems!


What food to try?

Our cheeses are unique, as are our pršut and pancetta because we have been making them with love since ancient times. Be sure to try Konavle cheese preserved in olive oil and other cheeses made from various types of milk. We grow the most delicious shellfish in the Adriatic, the oysters and mussels from Ston, and you must also try our indigenous specialities such as oyster soup, green menestra, šporki makaruli, the Neretva eel and frog brodet, grilled sardines from Lastovo, lamb pikatić, tripice, young goat meat or lamb under the baking bell or spit-roasted, and cooked meat called lešada. Our chard, collard greens, and other vegetables are packed with healthy nutrients.


For dessert, we offer arancini (candied orange, grapefruit or lemon peel), kontonjata or quince cheese and mantala – must cake made from red grape juice, Dubrovnik rozata, almond krokant (brittle), sponge cake pandišpanj, and Ston macaroni cake.


In addition to traditional Dalmatian rakija types, you can also try rakija made from oranges here, and our wines rank among the most prized wines in the world. The barren Dalmatian karst of the Pelješac peninsula is home to top-quality plavac mali from the wine-growing slopes of Dingač and Postup, and our most famous white variety is the Dubrovnik Malvasia. Be sure to try wines from the local varieties grk and pošip from Korčula and the Konavle variety kadarun. You can always sign up for a tasting in one of more than 60 wineries!

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What’s there to do?

Adventurers believe that, following a shipwreck, the Greek hero Odysseus stayed on the island of Mljet, today part of Mljet National Park due to its exceptional natural and cultural significance. On one of the greenest islands in the Mediterranean, be sure to visit the salt lakes – Veliko and Malo, as well as the Odysseus Cave.


The Nature Park of Lastovo Islands is one of the best-preserved areas in the Mediterranean with more than 800 plant species and numerous islets. Be sure to visit the island of Korčula, which will take your breath away with its centuries-old cultural heritage and some of the most beautiful beaches on the Adriatic, such as those on the isle of Proizd.


Numerous bike trails will help you get to know us better and don't miss the water sports, mountaineering, and hiking along the many routes. On the Pelješac peninsula, enjoy windsurfing in Viganj and Kučište, climb the St Elias peak with a beautiful view, and visit the first Croatian museum of viticulture and winemaking in Putniković.


Nature lovers can enjoy the most original example of Croatian garden architecture – Trsteno Arboretum, which is also the only arboretum on the coast, and the island of Lokrum is home to an interesting collection of eucalyptuses, cacti and other exotic plants.


You can explore our cultural heritage throughout the region because the Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Eastern Goths, Venetians, Byzantines, and many others left their traces here, as evidenced today by numerous archaeological finds and buildings – churches, fortsstećak tombstones, necropolises, chimneys, terraces, and staircases. You can travel between the mainland and the islands by ferry or boat, so make sure to explore as many locations as possible to make your holiday complete!


The text was provided by Croatian Rural Tourism Association