Classics of Dubrovnik
The walls, the Srd mountain and the Lokrum island. The city walls will shave off an hour and a half of your time – our definite recommendation. If possible, walk the walls early in the morning or later in the evening – try to “synchronize” yourself with the cruise ships coming in. Climbing up to the Srd mountain will allow you to enjoy the most spectacular view of the Old City and can be done in a couple of different ways, like the local cable car, hiking up or driving up. Our advice, especially during the hot summer months would be to go up with the cable car and walk your way down the hiking trail. The spectacular Lokrum island should be on your Dubrovnik to-do list definitely. Starting from the old port, boats leave for the island on a regular basis and you will always be able to see the island and enjoy your day visit. After spending a couple of days in the Old City, you will want to do something else and see what else lies in the region of Dubrovnik.
Adventure travel, Peljesac Peninsula
If you’re into wine, you will want to stick around the peninsula because one of our most famous winemakers, Miljenko Grgic, not only has his wine produced here on Peljesac peninsula, but also in the famous Napa Valley, California. Fun fact – Mr. Grgic first started producing wine in the States, then Croatia. Another great winemaker with a fantastic story can be found under the name of Saint Hills winery so make sure you don’t miss visiting them if you’re in the neighborhood. Of course, this a beautiful place for a relaxing bike tour. Or not so relaxing, depending on your wishes. For the extreme ones, our recommendation would definitely be to go kitesurfing or windsurfing because the tip of the peninsula stands there as one of the best places for the above mentioned sports. And for some history and culture, allow us to tell you about the second largest defensive walls/fortifications in the world, right after the great wall of China. A salt-producing town, once an important military outpost of the Republic of Ragusa – nowadays a small fishing town, surrounded by olive groves and stunning coastline. Welcome to the city of Ston, where the world famous oysters are waiting for you.
Needles to say how these islands are our favorite “part” of Dubrovnik. With under 800 inhabitants on the main three islands – Kolocep, Lopud and Sipan, the Elaphiti archipelago makes it a dream come true escape for the adventurers getting in touch with the nature, disconnecting themselves from the rest of the world. You are connected with the islands through the local ferry line and private boats. Small, picturesque, fishing villages with their stone houses and terracotta roofs are a living postcard. Our favorite activity on the islands is sea kayaking, in a heartbeat. Paddling through the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Adriatic will be your favorite therapy, your escape from your daily routine. If you’re into something less active than water sports, hiking, or cycling, you can hop on a cruise boat and see the islands, their highlights and have a fantastic meal at a local family restaurant.
Being the only flat part in the mountainous region of the Old City, Konavle valley has become the safe haven for some of our grapes and their proud owners. Getting a bicycle to roam around the valley should be on your to-do list whether you’re a passionate cyclist or just a regular traveler. Your route can easily be adjusted for your needs as there are a lot of different roads that vary in the incline and difficulty. On your way through the valley you will be surrounded by the vineyards and private holiday homes. Konavle valley can also host you for a wine tasting or a traditional homemade lunch at one of the families. Our favorite family can be found in the village of Popovici and they go by the name of Klaic. If you have some time, make sure to pay them a visit. And then there is Pasjaca – our favorite beach in Croatia, where there’s no signal on your phone and almost no people. Yes, there is a short hike involved, but it is definitely worth it. And if you’re in the mood for the best local food ever, allow us to tell you about the famous “peka” meal – one of the most popular meals in Southern Dalmatia region, a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then baked to perfection under a bell-like dome.
Being so close to the Old City of Dubrovnik, Montenegro as a destination becomes the next obvious choice for anyone staying here for more than a weekend. This little country with under a 700.000 population has it all – the coastline, the mountains, rivers, lakes, historic towns, everything. Let us begin with the fortified city of Kotor which has become one of the main tourist destinations, thanks to its unique position in a submerged river canyon, surrounded by the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovcen. It is also listed as a UNESCO’s world heritage site. Across the city of Perast lies Our Lady of the Rocks – a Roman Catholic church located on an artificial island created by bulwark of rocks. But if you decide to go up north in the mountains, your wanderlusting soul will be introduced to the most magnificent, spectacular views of the famous Durmitor national park and you should go hiking to the Bobotov Kuk. But if you’re into water sports, then follow us even further up north and allow us to introduce you to the Tara river canyon – second deepest canyon in the world. Our favorite spot in Montenegro is right here.
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