Dalmatia - Dubrovnik

Dalmatia - Dubrovnik

It is largely thanks to Dubrovnik that Croatia owes its popularity and attraction that it now has in the tourism world. Dubrovnik is the seat of Dubrovnik- Neretva county and the centre of tourism in South Dalmatia.

It has built its tourist industry around its valuable cultural and historical sites under UNESCO protection. They are part and parcel with the natural beauty and richness of the entire region which stretches from the Neretva River in the north to the border with Montenegro its southernmost point.

 

In this area of inimitable sensual experiences around every corner, you can feel the spirit of the famous Dubrovnik Republic, whose inhabitants were skilled in diplomacy, trade and shipping. Thanks to the old Dubrovnik seafarers, you can find plants from tropical and subtropical regions here today, which characterise the lush vegetation of area and enrich the environment of some southern Dalmatian campsites. These plants thrive due to the exceptionally mild climate. Perhaps the Trsteno Arboretum is the best witness to this. It is located about 15 kilometres from Dubrovnik and is the only arboretum on the Croatian Adriatic coast, being a unique combination of cultural and natural heritage. Its fame rests on its historical gardens and its collection of both Mediterranean and exotic plants. The Arboretum was founded in 1948 in the grounds of a historic manor house which the aristocratic family Gučetić-Gozze built here in the 15th century, and it is protected as a monument of landscaped architecture. Within its 25 acres are historical Renaissance gardens with a summer house, a historical neo-Romantic park from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, a historical olive grove, examples of natural vegetation of hrast medunac (native oak woodland), alepski bor (Aleppo pine), cypress, maquis vegetation and coastal cliffs. Numerous plantations of lemons, oranges and various palms and agaves provide the broader South Dalmatia region with a definite identity and a special charm.

 

The Mljet National Park is also in the region, on the island of the same name, which, together with Korčula, Lastovo and Elaphiti, makes up the shortlist of the most important islands in this corner of the Adriatic. Southern Dalmatia also boasts of the Pelješac peninsula, which is the largest peninsula in Croatia after Istria.

 

For natural wealth and diversity, the far south of Croatia does not scrimp in the gastronomy department either. Arancini (candied orange peel) is a traditional delicacy prepared from local oranges which grow in the Dubrovnik gardens without the use of harmful chemicals, and you can take some home as a souvenir.

Maja Danica Pečanić
Dubrovačka rozata (“Dubrovnik flan”) is also a native delicacy, which was already sweetening palates in medieval times. It is a cream made of eggs, flour and milk, served cold and topped with caramel syrup. It was named after Dubrovnik liquor made from roses, well-known as rozulin, which is used for flavouring this tasty dessert. In recent years it has come to be replaced by rum.

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Dalmatia - Dubrovnik

Where words are not enough.

‘Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik’

Dalmatia - Dubrovnik

Heaven on Earth

Walls are built to protect treasures, and in Dubrovnik this is particularly accurate, with 1,940 metres of stone surrounding one of the world’s most beautiful cities. As George Bernard Shaw stated: “If you want to see heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik”.