You’ve surely already heard of Dubrovnik, and now it’s time to get to know its beautiful surroundings. A myriad of islands, nature parks, century-old monuments and an exciting gastronomy – just a part of what the Dubrovnik – Neretva county has to offer.
While not being the largest, the Dubrovnik – Neretva county makes up for it in beauty and natural diversity. Divided by the city of Neum, it’s still connected by sea with the rest of Croatia, and is an ideal haven for those needing a more dynamic vacation experience. No matter the season, the Dubrovnik – Neretva county is sure to take your breath away.
Whatever transportation method you choose, you will be greeted with the scents and sights of the true Mediterranean. For starters be sure to visit Dubrovnik: experience walking on the most beautiful and iconic walls in Europe and take a peek at « the pearl of the Adriatic », as George Bernard Shaw puts it. And just one look towards the open sea stokes the fire for stories to be told about the amazing beauty this land holds.
Thirteen islands make up the Elaphiti, which hold magical sights just waiting to be discovered: sandy beaches, rocky coves and centuries old buildings. With the crystal clear Adriatic sea, enjoyment is guaranteed. To add to the excitement there is the Pelješac peninsula to discover. The amount of quality land, the care and attention the people invested in it resulted in Pelješac being the cradle of some of the worlds best wines. Wine roads, as well as several wine tasting places, can be found at almost every junction of the long winding paths that connect this green peninsula of amazing contradictions. Adding further to an already very impressive list, the small town of Ston in the south-eastern part of Pelješac houses the second largest walls in the world, and for your complete enjoyment, the magical sea aphrodisiac – oysters.
Another story awaits you on the island of Korčula, the home of Marco Polo. Exciting new wines and olive oils will spice up your stay in this oasis set to please even the most indecisive of people. The island of Mljet is a breathtaking place, with a large pine forest, a national park, two connected saltwater lakes decorated with a small wooden island of St. Mary’s which is also the home of the Benedictine Monastery from the 12th century.
Walking trails connect both lakes and most of the island, making travel much easier and allowing for the mind and body to relax and recharge.
Lastovo – the largest island of the archipelago with the same name consisting of 46 small islands and reefs is, with Mljet, one of the most wooded areas in Croatia. Lastovo offers one of the most amazing views in the whole county considering the sea around the island is a light blue color and incredibly clear. For the end of your stay we recommend visiting Konavle and Cavtat, one last breath of tradition and calm on your journey through the county.
The Dubrovnik – Neretva county holds many more surprises that you’ll have to find for yourself. If the producers of “Game of Thrones” didn’t doubt where to put the capitol of the kingdom of Westeros, you shouldn’t doubt where to go on vacation this year. See you soon!