Calling all Star Wars fans! If clear blue sea, historic streets and monuments, gourmet restaurants and 5-star hotels aren’t good enough reasons for you to visit Dubrovnik then what about walking through the streets where Star Wars cast filmed The Last Jedi not so long ago? Is it Dubrovnik, King’s Landing or Canto Bight? Find out for yourself why Dubrovnik is quickly becoming a Hollywood star.
Dubrovnik Region at a Glance
Dubrovnik region caters to all sorts of holidaymakers, from those looking to relax and have a laid back holiday to those who want to spend their time being active and on the move. Water skiing, wind surfing, diving, tennis, football and volleyball are just a few of the many activities you can do in the region. Spend a few hours exploring Dubrovnik’s coastline and surrounding islands by taking part in a sea kayaking tour or go on an unforgettable horse riding adventure in Konvale, passing through olive groves and pine forests with gorgeous views of the Adriatic Sea and coastline.
Romance can be found in many different shapes and forms in Dubrovnik region. Your ideal romantic holiday might involve sightseeing, dining out and relaxing at a spa or it might just be spending time alone with your significant other surrounded by pine trees, crystal clear sea and rocky bays, ether way you will find what you are looking for in Dubrovnik region. Lastovo archipelago offers unique accommodation in the form of converted 19th century lighthouses which are ideal for couples wishing to get away from the busy streets and city lights. If you enjoy arts, culture, history and fine dining Dubrovnik city is your dream destination. George Bernard Shaw wrote upon visiting Dubrovnik, “If you want to see heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik”. Its beauty and historical significance was recognised by UNESCO and was awarded with a spot on the World Heritage list.
Dubrovnik region’s natural heritage is also highly valued and well protected with the whole North-West part of the island Mljet proclaimed as a National Park and the Lastovo archipelago recently added to the list of Croatian Nature Parks. In addition to olive groves, fig trees and grape vines which can be found all over the islands and coastline, there are also almost two million citrus trees spread along the Neretva Valley which are a sight to see when the fruits are in season.
Nature lovers shouldn’t miss visiting Trsteno arboretum, the oldest renaissance garden in Dalmatia situated 20 kilometres from Dubrovnik city. The arboretum covers 225 000 square meters of land and contains all types of plants brought back by ship captains from their travels in the late 15th century, as requested by the local noble family Gozze.
Flora and fauna flourishes in the region both on land and in the sea. You can catch a glimpse of the mysterious underwater world of the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik aquarium, located in St Johns fortress. Right next to the aquarium is the Maritime Museum worth seeing if you’re traveling with kids. Dubrovnik region is an attractive holiday spot for families because of the warm weather, clean beaches and lots of activities the whole family can enjoy. Korčula island is one of the most popular family destinations in the region. Korčula town is known as the birth place of the famous Venetian merchant traveller Marco Polo. After spending your day at the beach swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing, you and your family can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the historic streets and visit the Marco Polo Museum and the house he was allegedly born in.
Aside from the historical and natural beauty, Dubrovnik region also draws in visitors with festivals, exhibits, concerts and other events organised all year long with summer months being especially busy. Nightlife is centred mostly around Dubrovnik city. Bars are a plenty, some integrated in the historic walls and some even built in caves overlooking the open sea. Restaurants and taverns in the region serve first class seafood, meat, fish and pasta dishes prepared with fresh regional herbs, spices and olive oil. Pelješac peninsula is famous for seashell cultivation so head on over to Mali Ston bay and try the oysters and mussels. While you’re there you might also like to go on a unique adventure exploring the first underwater winery open to visitors. Guided by experienced divers you get to see where the bottles are stored on the bottom of the sea, passing a ship wreck on the way, after which you can go wine tasting and buy a bottle or two of the special limited-edition boutique wine Navis Mysterium. Wine lovers should also try red wines Dingac and Postup produced on Pelješac peninsula and white wines Posip and Grk made on island Korčula. Other regional specialities include baked lamb or veal under the bell (Croatian: ispod peke), Neretva Velley’s eel or frog brodetto stew and cakes Kontonjata, Mantala and Arancina from Konvale.