Visit Sokol Grad
Recently reopened to the public after a painstaking 50 years of renovation, this fort was built to protect the hinterland from invading Turks from the Ottoman Empire and the Venetians of the Venetian Republic.
Just north of Dubrovnik is the pretty coastal village of Zaton. Formerly a popular dormitory town of Dubrovnik aristocracy and wealthy merchants, it features a number of Renaissance summer villas along its waterfront. These days it has a lazy, bohemian feel, with a number of galleries and, locals say, one of the best restaurants in the area.
Monastery of St Blaise, Pridvorje
This vast monastery was founded in 1429 after the region of Konavle became part of the Dubrovnik Republic, with construction continuing for many years. It’s located below the Rector’s Palace, the seat of Dubrovnik’s Prince in this part of the Republic. The huge plane tree in front of the monastery was planted over 200 years ago.
Go Quad Biking!
This is also offered from Kojan Koral in Popovici. The half day tour runs to ?ilipi for a visit to the traditional Konavle house there and continues through the Konavle countryside crossing the river Ljuta a couple of times before picking up the route of a disused railway line and returning to base for a typical, traditional Croatian snack.
Horse Riding in the Konavle
An 11km tour of the region on horseback is offered at the Kojan Koral stables in Popovici. Running through olive groves, pine forests and along the coast, the trail usually last for about two and a half hours. It’s suitable for beginners and upwards, 16 years and over. www.kojankoral.hr
Traditional Folk Music and Dancing - Cilipi
On a Sunday morning after Mass, sit on the steps of the church of St Nicholas in Cilipi and watch the locals in traditional dress, noted for its silk embroidery, performing folk songs and dancing. A market is held afterwards selling traditional handicrafts.
Konavle National Costume and Embroidery
Important socially and culturally to the people of the Konavle, this is fundamental to the region. You will see examples displayed in public buildings and private homes either ornamentally or in practical usage such as tablecloths, napkins, pillow cases etc. And of course you can purchase the embroidery in local shops!
Konavle County House
Housed in the main square in Cilipi, in a building that used to be the village treasury, this is the recreation of a typical village house from back in the day. The collection holds about 500 items such as folk costumes, embroidery and other textile handicrafts, jewellery, musical instruments, arms and an assortment of everyday items.
Rent a Bike!
There are several marked cycling trails in the Konavle region which offers both flat routes and hilly/mountainous ones. Bikes can be hired by the day from a number of organisers in Cavtat.
A visit to Trsteno, just north of Dubrovnik, is worthwhile to view the remarkable Arboretum established there about 500 years ago. It is said that seafarers and merchants from here were encouraged to bring back plants, saplings and seeds from their worldwide travels to be planted in this botanic garden which of course have established themselves over the centuries. The entrance to the Arboretum is guarded by a huge 500 year old plane tree.
Cabrio Bus Tour, Dubrovnik
For a different perspective of the city try the open-top Cabrio Bus City Tour hop-on hop-off service. This covers more of the modern city which gives a better overview of Dubrovnik from many differing viewpoints.
City Walls, Dubrovnik
Make a day trip to Dubrovnik… Of course, there is much to choose to do here but a walk around the old town walls is highly recommended to get a feel for the old city, for orientating yourself in the town and for some wonderful views (charge payable). Please note that parking spaces are at a premium, so we recommend you arrive early in the town and make a day of it.
Vlaho Bukovac House, Cavtat
This is the childhood home and museum of Vlaho Bukovac (1855-1922), the most important Croatian artist of his time. The building, a stone structure over 2 floors with an entrance courtyard and spacious back garden, preserves the architecture typical of Cavtat houses from 1800. The interior features recently uncovered early murals by the artist himself as well as many paintings, drawings, furniture and personal items from throughout his life, covering periods he spent not only in Cavtat but also Zagreb, Prague and Paris.
Kravica Waterfalls, Herzegovina
Take a day and visit the Kravica Waterfalls just over the border from Croatia in Hercegovina. These 25m falls cascade into turquoise blue waters over rocks and lusciously green trees, where visitors can paddle and swim and enjoy the incredible scenery. The natural pool is not very deep so it is ideal for little ones, but the crashing falls and the deeper water closer to the rocks also make for a great natural playground for adults.
Drive East and over the Croatia-Montenegro border and discover Herceg Novi, a beautiful coastal town dating from the 15th Century. Stop here and have a spot of lunch and relax on the beach... or... carry on slightly further and explore the towns and spectacular views of the Bay of Kotor where there is a variety of smaller beaches. However, remember that here the currency is Euros, not Kuna!
Visit Ostri Rt
This cape is the very southernmost point of Croatia and marks the Croatian side of the entrance to Montenegro’s spectacular Bay of Kotor. This narrow sliver of land was, until recently, military property and, as such, inaccessible to the public. Right at the end of the cape is a ruined Austro Hungarian fort dating from the mid 1800s. At the moment it is possible to gain access to the moody ruin, which is largely intact, and to envisage what life might have been like there 150 years ago.
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