At the gateway to Europe, Croatia is a country full of contrasts with an impressive cultural heritage. Culturally close to Central Europe to the north and to the Mediterranean world on its coastline, it is a popular destination for tourists looking for a varied holiday. The Croatian riviera, with more than 5,800 km of beaches and more than 1,000 islands lapped by the blue water of the Adriatic, is breathtakingly beautiful.
In southern Croatia, Dubrovnik – also known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – will take you back in time. With its narrow medieval streets intertwining in the shadow of Baroque churches and Renaissance palaces, the city exudes a sense of the good life somewhat reminiscent of its Italian neighbours. The magnificent pebble beaches, lapped by crystal-clear azure waters, hold many a seaside delight in store for holidaymakers. Meanwhile the lush, mountainous coastline invites them to explore the more remote areas and the countless, infinitely charming Dalmatian islands.
Savour some regional specialities: the Bay of Mali Ston is famous for its oysters and mussels. Nothing goes better with these delightful morsels than a glass of delicious Dingač or Postup. After a hearty lunch to boost your energy levels, you can climb up to the fortress of Ston, surrounded by a wall which proudly holds the accolade of being the longest in Europe.
Helping with the mandarin harvest: experienced pickers in the Neretva valley fruit orchards will provide you with the necessary equipment and instructions, as well as explaining all about how the sun-loving citrus fruits are grown.
Take to the seas: experienced skippers looking for unspoiled natural surroundings will not be disappointed with the waters around Lastovo, as this remote island is accessible only to the most experienced of sailors. Whether you moor in the harbour in Pasadur to the north, visit the magical Skrivena Luka via the open Adriatic Sea to the south, or simply drop anchor in one of the romantic coves, you’re sure to fall under this wonderful island’s spell whichever coast you end up on.
The old town of Dubrovnik: the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, with its historic centre and imposing ramparts. Although Dubrovnik was destroyed by an earthquake in 1667, the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, palaces and renaissance fountains have been preserved. The pretty medieval towns of Cavtat and Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo, are also worth seeing.
The now-uninhabited island of Lokrum has several bays guaranteeing absolute privacy. The parks and gardens of the 19th-century summer residences will delight visitors while the small salt water lake will be particularly attractive to non-swimmers.
The old town of Dubrovnik is approximately 22 km from the Dubrovnik-Cilipi international airport. A UNESCO world heritage site, Dubrovnik is rightly known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The pedestrianised old town itself is like an open-air museum: churches, palaces, galleries and museums will delight culture enthusiasts, while the ‘Stradun’ offers plenty of enjoyment for visitors who want to stroll along the main avenue’s many cafés, terraces, restaurants and shops. A tour on the old ramparts offers you a superb view of the city. Discover Port Pile, the main port in the city, the Onofri fountain, the Franciscan convent and many other historic monuments. The big summer festival in Dubrovnik takes place in August. Several international ensembles and soloists take to the stage at this time, with the city serving as a backdrop for a whole range of Greek dramas, operas and comedies.
Situated in a delightful bay about 40 km to the north of Dubrovnik, this is an ideal little place for a relaxing and worry-free seaside holiday. Long beaches of light gravel washed over by crystal-clear water and surrounded by rolling hills provide a wonderful setting for families with children. There are a few supermarkets, restaurants and cafés in Slano itself and culture enthusiasts will find several historic monuments in the village. A bus service links Slano to Dubrovnik twice a day.
This beautiful little fishing town is approximately 6 km from the Dubrovnik-Cilipi international airport. The old town of Dubrovnik is approximately 20 km away with regular bus and boat services available. This charming place with its little port, promenade lined with palm trees and many cafés and restaurants will delight you. Discover the old town on a walk through its small streets. Sunseekers can enjoy the gravel beaches and bathing platforms.
The small town of Mlini is located in a charming setting between Cavtat and Dubrovnik. A few restaurants and cafés line the edge of its attractive fishing port. Once renowned for its mineral water sources, its rich history is still evident among the historic monuments and wonderful gardens. Regular bus services and water-taxi links operate several times a day between Mlini and Dubrovnik (about 12 km, with payment). Dubrovnik airport is approximately 15 km away.
Bearing the same name as the island on which it is located, the historic centre of Korcula is one of the best-preserved towns in the Mediterranean. Birthplace of Marco Polo, it offers a rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage. Dubrovnik airport is located approximately 140 km away on the mainland. The island of Korcula is linked by a ferry service.
This guided tour through the pedestrianised area behind the ramparts of Dubrovnik will take you on a journey back to the Middle Ages among narrow streets and impressive monuments. Journey to and from the city centre. Half-day excursion. Guide included in the price.
One-day excursion by bus to the island of Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo. According to legend, the town was established by Antenor of Troy. The charming old town, with its narrow, cobbled streets and ancient squares, is rich in history and traditions. Guided walk. Return to Dubrovnik in the afternoon, stopping en route for a wine-tasting. Guide and wine tasting included in the price.
Journey to the heart of the region of Konavle, towards Cilipi. This village is known for its emblematic costumes and traditions. Stroll through this delightful village and allow yourself to be tempted by the traditional souvenirs in the charming market or attend a Catholic mass. The local wine cellar is also well worth a visit. Folkloric show in front of the church. Half-day excursion. Guide, welcome drink and cost of entry included in the price.
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