Konavle – Croatia’s southern most tip

Konavle – Croatia’s southern most tip

Konavle is located at the southern-most tip of Croatia, on the South-eastern part of today’s Dubrovnik Riviera. With the purchase of this area in the 15th century, the Dubrovnik Republic completed its territory. 
The name Konavle derives from the Latin word “canale”, “canalis”, referring to the water-supply system, which in the Roman era supplied Epidaurus, today’s Cavtat, with water.  Konavle is an area of special natural beauties and contrasts: hills and valleys, mountains and karst, blue and green, or as the Konavle locals would term it: Gornja and Donja banda (Upper and lower banda). Surrounded by hills to the north, the Adriatic Sea to the south, Konave reach to the gulf of Boka Kotorska and peninsula Prevlaka to the east, and to the mild coves of Cavtat and Obod to the west. The central part is the fruitful Konavle field. 
The preserved nature, unique and highly valuable rural architecture, numerous monuments of the thousand-year history of the region, ancient traditions preserved through folklore, the unique Konavle national costumes and embroidery, the harmony between man and nature—all of this makes Konavle unique and recognisable.

 

The Konavle costume and embroidery are well-known characteristics of this region, not only in Croatia, but in the entire world. The costume used to be an indicator of the social status of Konavle locals, especially with women. The Konavle embroidery is the fundamental decorative element of the women’s costume, which was embroidered on the vest and sleeves. Originally it was embroidered in silk obtained from the silkworm that was reared at home and the silk coloured with natural colours.

The palace is a protected area with the source and upper flow of the river Ljuta, along which numerous mills from the era of the Dubrovnik republic are located. After 1550, the system of the “lower mills” was constructed, preserved until today as a protected cultural monument.  On the hill road towards Bosnia the fortress Sokol or Soko Grad is located, also from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. The fortress has been reconstructed and offers visitors an amazing view of the entire Konavle.