Although the first thing that comes to mind to many people at the mention of Dubrovnik-Neretva region is the City of Dubrovnik, everyone who has visited at least once knows that the world-renowned city is not the only pearl there.
During its turbulent history, many sovereignties and maritime powers came in contact and conflict in the area, but Dubrovnik still managed to gain full independence thanks to its political skills, so for years it acted as an independent state – the Republic of Dubrovnik. The history of Dubrovnik is also reflected in the abundance of historical monuments and the city’s architecture, which are among the most beautiful in the world according to many surveys.
The distinctiveness of Dubrovnik-Neretva County is therefore also reflected in its unique surroundings and the narrow and non-homogeneous coastal belt, separated from the interior by a mountain massif. The County’s territory comprises two basic wholes: the relatively lateral coastal area with a series of remote islands and those near the coast, the most significant among them being Korčula, Mljet, Lastovo and the Elaphite Islands, and the lower Neretva region with the gravitating coastal area.
The county has a rich natural and cultural heritage, an excellent accommodation infrastructure, and offers numerous tourist programs and attractions.
The Mljet National Park on the Island of Mljet covers the west part of this woody island. In addition to its natural phenomena, Mljet has a rich cultural heritage, including as a highlight the Benedictine monastery complex from the 12th century on an islet in the middle of a lake/bay. The highlights among the protected natural beauties are the Prevlaka Nature Park and numerous special reserves such as the ornithological reserves Pod Gredom, Prud and Orepak situated along the lower part of Neretva River, the ornithological reserves on the islets of Mrkan, Bobara and Supetar near Cavtat, and we should not leave out the Neretva estuary, Mali Ston Bay, and the islet of Lokrum. The area also contains several caves. The county is abundant with park forests, and what is particularly attractive among them is the Trsteno arboretum, known as the oldest renaissance public garden in Dalmatia.
The attractive architectural and cultural heritage of the area is distinctive and highly valuable. The highlights include the walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the town cores of Korčula, Cavtat and Ston with its walls and chapels in Ston Field, and the Narona archeological site in the village of Vid near Metković. In addition, there are numerous chapels, summer mansions, monasteries, castles and fortresses incorporated in the contemporary landscape.
The county has a rich accommodation infrastructure with over 90 hotels rated between three and five stars, around 80 camps, and a rich offer of private accommodations renting their facilities via 60 travel agencies. The gastro offer is also very rich, ranging from superbly designed and famous restaurants to taverns, and they all have one thing in common – excellent food and wine.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board