The natural wonders of Dubrovnik county

Exploring the beautiful nature of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area

Dubrovnik County is a beautiful region in southern Croatia, featuring some of the most breathtaking natural wonders in Europe. With Bosnia and Herzegovina to the east and Montenegro to the south, this region is a typical representation of Mediterranean landscape, boasting pine-tree forests, rocky carst hills, and the spectacular Adriatic Sea. The area is full of beautiful beaches, small fishing villages, and lots of islands and islets waiting to be explored.

Mljet National Park

Mljet National Park is located on the western side of the island of Mljet and is a true paradise for nature lovers. As soon as you step into the park, you’ll be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the lush green forests, crystal-clear waters, and stunning landscapes. The Mljet National Park is truly a unique destination that offers something for everyone, be it hiking, swimming, kayaking, or just soaking up the sun. The park is home to two saltwater lakes, Malo Jezero (Small Lake) and Veliko Jezero (Large Lake), and visitors can go swimming in both of them. There are also several hiking trails that will take you through the lush forests and offer stunning views of the lakes. One of the highlights of visiting Mljet National Park is exploring the island’s rich history. The park is home to several ancient ruins and buildings, including a well preserved 12th-century Benedictine monastery located on a small island of Melita in the middle of Veliko Jezero.

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The Elafiti Islands

Elafiti Islands are located just a short boat ride from Dubrovnik and include three main island, Koločep, Lopud and Šipan, each with its own unique charm and beauty. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or somewhere in between, the Elaphiti Islands are a perfect summer destination. Closest to Dubrovnik is Koločep, a small island perfect for those looking to escape the busy everyday life and find some peace and quiet. With crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling, along with lush green hills perfect for hiking, Koločep is a nature-lover’s dream. Next up is Lopud, the buzziest of the three, ideal for sensing true summer spirit,  with plenty of beautiful sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing and swimming, as well as a fair number of cafes, bars, and restaurants to keep you entertained. Furthest of all is Šipan – a true zen island. Šipan is known for its untouched nature and crystal-clear waters perfect for diving and exploring. Take a stroll through the island’s charming villages, or simply relax on one of the many secluded beaches.

Trsteno Arboretum

Located in the picturesque village of Trsteno on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, the stunning Trsteno Arboretum is one of the oldest and most beautiful gardens in Europe. It dates back to the 15th century and features stunning Renaissance architecture and impressive landscapes. As you walk through the Trsteno Arboretum, you’ll be surrounded by a vast array of Mediterranean flora and fauna. From towering palm trees to fragrant orange groves. One of the highlights of the Trsteno Arboretum is its collection of ancient trees, some of which are over 500 years old! In addition to its natural beauty, the Trsteno Arboretum is also steeped in history. It was once the summer residence of a noble family Gozze, and it also served as a filming location for a popular TV show Game of Thrones.

Pelješac Peninsula

Pelješac is a relativly small peninsula located just a 45 minutes ride from Dubrovnik. It is known for its breathtaking beaches, rich history, majestic Walls of Ston, and most of all, delicious wine. The crystal-clear waters make it a paradise for beach lovers. You can spend your days lounging on the beach, swimming in the warm waters, or even trying your hand at water sports like kayaking, paddle-boarding or kiteboarding. If you’re a wine enthusiast, Pelješac is the perfect destination for you. The peninsula is famous for its red wines Plavac Mali and Dingač. You can take a tour of one of the many vineyards and wineries on the peninsula and sample some of the delicious wines. It’s a great way to learn more about the local culture. The most famous towns on the Pelješac Peninsula is Ston, which is known for its majestic Ston Walls, a beautiful fortification believed to be the second largest walls in the world, the salt production and fresh Ston bay oysters. You can take a guided tour of the salt flats and learn about the history of salt production in the area. And if you’re a seafood lover, you won’t want to miss trying some of the famous Ston oysters.

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The Korčula Island

Korčula island is famous for its amazing beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and beautiful villages. One of the main attractions of Korčula is its rich history. The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has seen numerous civilizations come and go. Visitors can explore the ancient fortresses and palaces that stand as a testament to Korčula’s fascinating past. The town of Korčula itself is a perfect example of the island’s unique blend of cultures, with its stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Relax and indulge in crystal-clear blue waters while enjoying delicious homemade food and learning about Dalmatian lifestyle. There are plenty of activities to do on the island, such as kayaking, board paddling, boat rentals, diving, snorkeling, and more. The town of Korčula is believed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo, so history buffs will enjoy learning about this from local guides. Folklore Moreška dances are also organized on the main square several times a week, offering a glimpse into the island’s rich heritage. If you like more private vacation, Korčula has plenty of places to relax and enjoy in the peace and quiet.

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The Neretva Valley

The Neretva Valley is an agricultural centre of the county, famous for its production of delicious mandarins, watermelons, and other Mediterranean fruits and vegetables. This destination may not be your typical tourist spot, but it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the local culture. The river runs through several small cities such as Metković and Opuzen, and the delta of the river Neretva is famous among kite boarders, making it a perfect place for adventure seekers.

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Dubrovačko Primorje and the Upper Villages

Primorje and the upper villages are small, intimate, and authentic villages that showcase the Mediterranean as it once was. If you wish to learn more about the rural life of Dubrovnik, Primorje and upper villages are a perfect place to do it.

The Srđ Hill

One of the top attractions in Dubrovnik is Srđ, a stunning hill offering breath-taking views of the Old Town and archipelago. On the top of the hill there is a restaurant/bar Panorama and the Homeland War Museum. Whether you prefer hiking, taking the cable car, or a taxi ride up to the top, be sure to visit Srđ and don’t miss out on the best sunset spot in Dubrovnik.

The Island of Lokrum

The island of Lokrum, a beautiful nature preserve located just in front of the Old Town Dubrovnik, is a perfect place to relax, enjoy the sun and sea, sip refreshing drinks, listen to the crickets, and simply enjoy your vacation. The island features a small botanical garden, an olive grove, and lots of pine tree forest together with the most beautiful rocky beaches. Lokrum is steeped in rich history, dating back to the 11th century. You can explore the ancient ruins and learn about the fascinating legends that surround them. The island’s majestic monasteries and churches are also a sight to behold. Lokrum is a must-visit location that no one should miss while exploring Dubrovnik.

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The Konavle Region

Konavle is the most popular natural refuge for locals. Konavle’s natural beauty is breath-taking with a third of the area covered in pines and cypresses. Area is full of vineyards, olive groves, and fruit trees like tangerines, figs, and mulberries and is ideal for everyone seeking more active vacation since there is quite a few sporting activities being offered including biking, hiking, horseback riding, quads and many more. Konavle is also known for great food, hospitality and rich tradition.

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Dubrovnik County is a haven for nature lovers, food and wine enthusiasts, and history buffs. With so many stunning natural wonders, breath-taking landscapes, and exciting activities, it’s no wonder that Dubrovnik is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore ancient history, or indulge in delicious local cuisine, Dubrovnik County has something for everyone.