The Dubrovnik Riviera
The Dubrovnik Riviera
Opposite the city of Dubrovnik, virtually an inseparable part of the old town, floats the island of Lokrum, a special reserve of woody plants under UNESCO’s protection. Here you can admire plant species which mainly originate from Australia and South America, with interesting collections of eucalyptus, cacti and succulents. Lokrum is also well-known as the island of love. Koločep, an outcrop of limestone and dolomite, is the smallest of the inhabited Elaphiti islands. Šipan is the largest island in this group. Lopud, the second largest, is wellknown for its sandy beach at Šunj.
On the coast of the Dubrovnik Riviera along with Trsteno and the famous arboretum, Orašac and Zaton are found along with other smaller resorts.
Mlini (named after the local water-mills) is well-known as the ‘oasis’ of the Dubrovnik Riviera, only 10 kilometres away from Dubrovnik. South of the grand town of Dubrovnik is Cavtat, another popular tourist destination in this part of Croatia. It is the largest single urban area in Konavle, the southernmost region of Croatia, and was built accordingto a city plan. In Cavtat old town, you can visit the birth house of Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most famous Croatian painters and a progenitor of the Croatian modern school of painting. To get a better knowledge of the history of this region, diving and exploring Cavtat’s underwater world could help too. Under the Cavtat waves there are several ancient sites, which are among the largest and the most attractive in the Mediterranean, with 1,800 amphorae and pithos from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD to explore.
As well as its unspoiled natural landscape, unique rural architecture of high value, costumes and embroidery, the Konavle region is well-known for its production of the wine of Dubrovnik, Malvasia, which can be an excellent dessert wine. Other varieties are also grown and produced here. Molunat is a fishing and tourist resort at the far southernmost tip of the Croatian coast, approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Cavtat and the airport in Čilipi. It is also well connected with this area.