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.

 

 “The Pearl of the Adriatic” has captivated and seduced kings and artists for centuries with its immaculate medieval architecture. How will it inspire you?

Ivo Pervan

Where words are not enough.

Where to go

Routes of Old Sea Captains

The routes of the old sea captains traverse an area of turbulent history and struggles for freedom, an area where trade, seafaring and shipping have been developed since ancient times and where life has always been lived in harmony with the sea and the rivers. Visit the ancient home of seafaring on the peninsula of Pelješac in the Maritime Museum in Orebić, the cradle of sea captains; in Korčula, the birthplace of Marco Polo; in the historical city of Dubrovnik, which was an independent republic for centuries, and this treasured tradition has continued in the modern-day sea and river ports of Ploče and Metković. In these parts, nature has crafted the wondrous landscapes of the Neretva Delta, a meeting-place between the river and the sea, the lowlands and the karst, the lake and the wetlands; of the eternal beauty of the Mljet National Park, with its lakes; the Elafiti islands of Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, with their Renaissance atmosphere and the diverse, mellow landscapes of Konavle. Look towards the open sea where fierce battles were once fought, where freedom was defended, and towards which merchant ships sailed the waters with billowing sails.

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Dubrovnik Old Town

With its unique political and cultural history and world-renowned buildings, it’s no wonder Dubrovnik is a UNESCO heritage site.

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Lastovsko otočje

The waters of Lastovo allow true lovers of maritime life to indulge themselves fully, and only experienced yachtsmen sail these distant islands.

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Mljet

Located in the western region of the island of Mljet, the most richly wooded island in the Adriatic, the park is renowned for its deep bays, large lake and small lake, lush and diverse Mediterranean vegetation and rich cultural heritage, with a twelfth-century Benedictine Monastery on the island

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Stećci - Mediaeval Tombstones

The so-called “stećci” are monumental mediaeval tombstones, mostly carved out of limestone and usually rectangular in shape and with a flat or gable-top surface.

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Badija Island Beach

The island of Badija is the largest of a total of 19 islets near the town of Korčula. In the summer months taxi-boats regularly set off from the taxi-boat quay in the town of Korčula (alongside the ACI Marina Korčula).

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Cavtat – The Old Town Core

Cavtat - a town of many palaces, residences and monuments from Roman times is located on the western shores of Konavle. Underwater Cavtat is the largest underwater site for amphorae in the Adriatic and the Mediterranean.

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Game of Thrones - King’s Landing

There is hardly a better backdrop for the capital of the Seven Kingdoms than the world’s pearl of Dubrovnik. No special movie effects were necessary to transform the Old Town of Dubrovnik into King’s Landing.

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Game of Thrones - King’s Landing, Eyrie (Ston)

King’s Landing instilled fear and awe in its enemies with its mighty walls that annihilated the largest of fleets and made the most persistent armies in the Seven Kingdoms give up.

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Game of Thrones - Qarth (Island of Lokrum)

Unlike Daenerys Targaryen who travelled for days to the trading city of Qarth where she sought allies, it will take you around 10 minutes to reach Lokrum by boat.

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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.

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Korčula – The Town of Marco Polo

As the historical heart of the island of the same name, the city of Korčula is one of the best preserved medieval towns on the Mediterranean. The birthplace of Marco Polo, it boasts a heritage rich in history, architecture and culture.

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Lokrum Island Beaches

If you want to escape the summer temperature and crowds, your best choice is the island of Lokrum and the beauty of enjoying sunbathing or simply relaxing in the shade of the thick pine tree woods.

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Narona Archeological Museum

The region’s historical heritage is best represented by the ancient town of Narona, the village of Vid near Metković.

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Neretva / Baćina Lakes

The Neretva is one of those rivers which with their richness and force create awe on whichever section we encounter them. This is particularly so at its mouth, which is, in fact, the only delta in these regions.

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Odysseus Cave

For those who prefer to be below the surface, underwater Croatia, quite apart from its flora and fauna, hides an unbelievable historical wealth, since its maritime traffic started in the time of the ancient Greeks, 4000 years ago.

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Pasjača Beach

This tiny, difficult-to-reach oasis and the turquoise sea at the foot of the harsh cliffs of Konavle offer plenty of beautiful viewpoints that will make for wonderful photographs.

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Saplunara Beach

The area of Saplunara is a protected landscape, due to which this place is a paradise for lovers of nature, peace and quiet.

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Šunj Beach

Šunj beach is located on the southern end of the island of Lopud and is the most famous sandy beach of the Dubrovnik region.

Hrvoje Serdar

A city that leaves nobody unmoved

Once upon a time, Dubrovnik was one of the smallest but most important merchant states in the Mediterranean. It had consular offices in more than 80 cities. Its fleet of almost 700 merchant ships rivaled that of Venice. Under the heavenly patronage of St. Blasius and crowned by the famous Libertas banner flying from a high stone pillar guarded by its legendary knight Orlando, Dubrovnik is a city whose story is best told by the city itself. Walk along its main street, Stradun, whose stone pavement has been polished smooth by feet that have walked it for hundreds of years. The city’s glorious walls, fortresses and bastions offer a view of the magical Elaphite islands - Šipan, Lopud and Koločep, scattered like pearls in the azure of the sea. Named Elaphite islands after the Latin word Elaphos for deer, this archipelago, which used to be the habitat of this noble wild game, concentrates all the qualities of the untouched Mediterranean, featuring subtropical vegetation, expansive pine tree forests and olive groves, all surrounded by amazing sandy beaches.

From the Onofrio Fountain to the City bell tower, the filigree-like Gothic and Renaissance facades of the Sponza Palace and the Ducal Palace, the Baroque church of St. Blasius, the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady, or St. Ignatius and the Jesuit College, every step in this town will be an experience par excellence.
Incidentally, should you happen to be here in summer, when Dubrovnik shines with a special glow and when the traditional Summer Festival turns the entire old town into an enchanting setting for this quite unique stage in the world, you will be able to listen to the immortal monologue of the unfortunate Danish prince ringing from the nearby Lovrijenac Fortress perched atop a 37 metre high cliff. Spoken from that venue, Hamlet’s immortal words ‘To be or not to be…’ ring particularly loud.

Explore the fascinating history of the islands

About the time that Marco Polo set sail for terra incognita, his hometown began to develop into a kind of urban sculpture built of stone with regular lines. That sculpture remains well preserved to this day. The streets of Korčula were carefully laid out by a local builder who was also an ingenious town planner. The streets are based on a fishbone pattern and are a true blessing in the summer. Although they bask in the golden glow of the sun both morning and afternoon, the heat of the midday sun is directed around them. If you want to experience the atmosphere of Korčula, may the good winds bring you here in July, when the city plays host to the International Festival of Song and Wine, celebrating the famous traveller, the Festival of Chivalry and the traditional sword dances performed in original costumes dating from the 16th century. The dances depict the struggle between the white king and the black king.

Ivo Biočina
Once a part of the Dubrovnik Republic, the Pelješac peninsula and the small town of Ston, boasting 5.5 km long defensive walls, was a strategic point defending the approach to the famous Republic. Nourished by the graces of warm southern Aeolus, Pelješac is well known to wine lovers as the kingdom of Dingač, the most highly regarded Croatian wine.

The town of Orebić - renowned centre of maritime affairs in the 18th century - is a popular site for visiting art historians. Full of beautiful stone palaces and villas, whose facades reflect the wealth and life of luxury led by the families of seafaring men, and particularly striking for its magnificent gardens containing the most exotic plants that mariners brought from all corners of the world, Orebić is indeed a place that will remain etched in your memory.

 

If you have ever been inspired by the legend of Odysseus, held captive on an island by the nymph Calypso and have wondered what the famous Ogygia looked like, then the island of Mljet is the place for you.Located in the southernmost part of Croatia, the island has scenery that appears only in picture books of the world’s most beautiful fairy tales. Before your eyes you will see a lake in the middle of the island, and in the centre of that, another small island with a monastery dating from the 12th century. Although Calypso herself may not be nearby, the scene will capture your heart forever and you may never want to leave.

The therapeutic effect of art and beauty

The highly developed and quality hotel offer in Dubrovnik, in nearby Cavtat, and other towns on the Dubrovnik Riviera, are most closely connected to the congress industry. There is almost no hotel that has not invested in upgrading its accommodations, large and modern congress facilities, meeting rooms and all of the accompanying infrastructure. Holding a congress in Dubrovnik or along its riviera has become a matter of prestige.