is situated at the far south of the Republic of Croatia. It is 20,5 km in diameter, stretching from Cape Orsula in the east to Brsečine in the west, and includes the Elaphite Archipelago (islands of Šipan, Lopud, Koločep, Olipe,Tajan and Jakljan). There are 31 settlements and 47,004 inhabitants located over a total area of 143.35 km2, with an average population density of 328 / km2.
The geographical position of this region is typically Mediterranean, with mild and damp winters, and hot humid summers (2,600 sunny hours). The annual average rainfall is 1,250 mm. The average air temperature is 17°C and the summer sea temperature is 21°C. There are many sunny days during the winter months. The gentle wind Maestral - the messenger of lovely weather, refreshes the average summer temperature of 25°C. During the cooler months, the Bura and Yugo winds prevail.
Flora & fauna
Our coastline is beautiful, dotted with bays, beaches, steep cliffs and numerous forested islands. There is a great variety of flora, dominated by cypress, pines, olive groves, vineyards, and lemon and orange plantations. The aromatic plants and flowers, as well as exotic plants such as palm trees, agaves and cactuses, create a unique atmosphere. Nature lovers will find a real Mediterranean landscape here. Sailing enthusiasts will discover beautiful seas and marinas.
is a charming and picturesque, 2 km long bay, a destination for anyone wanting a swim on a pebbly beach or rocky crags, or those seeking sunshine or shade under old pine trees, walks along the shore, or small, cozy restaurants by the sea where one can savor Dubrovnik and Dalmatian specialties. There are three settlements scattered along the irregular shoreline of the bay: Veliki Zaton, Mali Zaton and Štikovica. A natural sight is the freshwater source Vrelo, located at the end of the bay, whose waters once moved mills.The intriguing Renaissance summer manors of former Dubrovnik aristocratic families are a historical sight that make Zaton recognizable as a Dubrovnik summer manor region. Zaton is located 10 km away from the city of Dubrovnik.
is a larger settlement located above the Adriatic motorway. There is a beautiful beach and a dock for smaller boats on the shores of the Koločep Canal found below. Orašac is famous for its votive church to the miraculous Virgin Mary of Orašac, built in the 15th century, and for the "Arapovo" Palace, called Soderini, built at the beggining of the 16th century. Nearby, there is a large auto-camp nestled among old olive trees. Orašac is located 14 km away from the City of Dubrovnik
is an old settlement known for its sea captains and seamen, rich in history and natural heritage. Besides the parish church of St. Vid, which dates to the Renaissance, there are five old chapels containing valuable paintings by famous masters. Trsteno is famous for its two 500 year old, gigantic Asiatic plane trees, protected monuments of nature, which are centraly located alongside the source. The abundant source of fresh water has ensured that Trsteno has lush, green vegetation, both natural and cultivated. The renowned Arboretum of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, which was established on the summer estate of the Dubrovnik aristocratic family Gučetić-Gozze, is famous for its rich and ancient collection of cultivated and exotic tree species and various plants spread throughout a Renaissance park dating to the 15th century. Its natural sights, summer manor, pavilion, aqueduct and Baroque fountain are one of the best examples of garden architecture found among the Dubrovnik summer manors. Trsteno is located 18 km away from the City of Dubrovnik.
is a quiet settlement located along a 2 km-long bay in Dubrovacko primorje, protected over the centuries from both enemies and the elements. The sandy beaches, Mediterranean vegetation, thick pine forests and olive vineyards are perfect for long walks. The numerous Illyrian and Roman archaeological sites, as well as the Renaissance and baroque buildings from the times of the Dubrovnik Republic, speak of the cultural and historical significance of Slano. The Franciscan Church of St. Jerome dating to the 14th century, the remains of the Rector's Palace from the 15th century, and the summer manor of the Ohmucevic family, which gave many famous seamen and writers, are some of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance and baroque architecture. Today, Slano is a tourist settlement, ideal for family vacations, and a very attractive place for nautical tourism. It is about 30 km. away from Dubrovnik.
is the largest (16,5km2) island in the Elaphite Archipelago, with the richest monuments. There are two larger settlements on the island – Šipanska luka and Suđurađ, which are connected by a road that cuts across the fertile Fields of Šipan. During the XV century, many aristocratic Dubrovnik families built summer manors on Šipan. Accordingly, the summer manor of the Sorkočević family stands out in Šipanska Luka. There is a painting of the Virgin Mary and Child in the parish Church of St. Stephen, the work of Panteleon, a Venetian painter from the XV century. The Dubrovnik century). These towers served as a defence against piracy. The slopes of the Fields of Šipan are covered with numerous summer manors, medieval Rennaisance and Baroque churches and chapels. The Sveti Duh (Holy Spirit), a church-fort, is of particular interest. Today, the vast beaches, the clean sea abundant with fish, the rich vegetation, and the widely renowned Šipan wine, attract a growing number of visitors who want a peaceful holiday.
is the second largest of the Elaphite islands (4,63 km2). Due to an agreeably mild climate, with an annual average of 2584 hours of sunshine, this economically most prosperous island is covered in lush Mediterranean vegetation. Lopud, the only settlement, is located in a bay, and from where there is a path that leads to the sandy bay of Šunj on the far side of the island. Lopud was more settled in the past than it is today. The chronicles tell us how it had 2 monasteries, 30 churches and a significant number of summer manors and palaces at the end of the XVI century, of which only a small portion remains. Touristically, Lopud is the most developed island in the Elaphite Archipelago. The settlement of Lopud is one of the most frequented of island places. The mild Mediterranean climate, the lush Mediterranean and sub-tropical vegetation – cypress, lemon, orange, pine and palm trees, the numerous beautiful beaches (Šunj), as well as the pleasant walks along the shoreline, contribute to making Lopud an exceptionally attractive destination.
is the smallest settled island in the Elaphite Archipelago. It has a surface area of 2.35m2 and is 3 Nm northwest of Dubrovnik. The island is made up of limestone and dolomite rock. There are no water sources or streams, and only subterranean waters are used. There are two settlements on the island with sandy and pebbly beaches, Gornje and Donje Čelo, which offer excellent conditions for the enjoyment of a clear and clean sea. The east and west sides are covered in dense pine forest. The mild Mediterranean climate favors the growth of vineyards, olive groves and southern fruits. It could be said that Koločep experienced its Golden Age in the XV century. Many sacral buildings and summer manors were built on the island. After an attack by Turkish warships in 1571, the island was fortified with defence towers at all the major strongholds. The Assumption of Mary, a parish church, is located in Donje Čelo, which was started in the XIII century. The Church of St. Anthony, dating to the XV century, lies on the way towards Gornje Čelo. The pre-Romanesque Church of St. Anthony of Padova, built during the XI/XII centuries, is found in Gornje Čelo. You can still see some other pre-Romanesque churches on the island. However, many of the Koločep churches are now only ruins.
and its picturesque townships Kupari, Srebreno, Mlini, Soline and Plat, lie a mere 6 km from Dubrovnik's historic centre. A hilly chain from its north descends steeply into the wide walley filled with sub-tropical vegetation and an array of villages close to and on the very rim of Župa Bay. It has united an abundance of uniquely natural gifts into a small area, which certainly makes it one of the most beautiful of the Dubrovnik Riviera resorts. The famous Adriatic Sea justifies its claim in the blue depths of its bays and numerous sandy and pebbly beaches. The ambience of a historic heritage buildings harmoniously adds to the services available along the coastline. Modern hotels meet the requirements of the most demanding visitor, from food entertainment and cultural events to land and water sports. To visit Župa dubrovačka once, means to come back again, and to experience it anew each time.
is Croatia's southernmost region, shaped by the hills bordering with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the north/north-east, and by the steep cliffs, coves and capes extending from Prevlaka and Molunat in the far south to Cavtat, its centre. The area is renowned for its characteristic and original stone architecture and, above all, for its rich cultural tradition in handicrafts. The prosperity of this fertile farming area. A bountiful oasis of progress, was highly enhanced by its centuries long association with the Dubrovnik Republic.
is the ancient Epidaurum of the Adriatic; Civitas Vetus, the predecessor of Dubrovnik. A Medieval town built according to zoning plans on the slopes of peninsula with two easily accessible bays. For centuries, its construction was based on the Dubrovnik principles of harmony. Each historical period is marked by the valuable works of some master. The cultural and historic story of its unique natural beauties can be retold uninterruptedly. In direct proximity to Dubrovnik, enveloped in a mild Mediterranean climate and exuberant vegetation, Cavtat developed into the cultural and tourist destination of Konavle, blooming (cavti) in its tame beauty. Within the vicinity of Dubrovnik, and in a Mediterranean climate with exuberant vegetation, Cavtat developed into the cultural, social and tourist centre of Konavle, flourishing on its natural beauty.
is a small fishing and tourist resort, situated 20 km southeast of Cavtat. The region of Molunat is an ecologically preserved habitat with many Mediterranean plants and curative herbs, with an extended coast, hidden beaches and a sea, which is rich in fish and marvellous underwater locations. The place offers accommodation in private houses, apartments, pensions and car camping sites and makes a real vacation possible, with the pleasure of the direct encounter with the untouched nature.
THE PENINSULA OF PREVLAKA,
the most southern part of the Croatian coast, lies at the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Already since the 14th century, when the Dubrovnik Republic had bought the eastern part of Konavle from the Bosnian rulers, up to the end of 2002, different forms of military presence have alternated middle of the 19th century, Austro-Hungary had built a fortification, which today represents the biggest attraction of this region. Today, when the peninsula of Prevlaka has been declared a Natural Park, numerous attractive programs for an active vacation are offered in this area, such as: free climbing, paintball, team-building programs, bicycling, diving, underground tunnels and other.