Ivana

Dubrovnik

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living room (A/C, Sat TV, DVD, CD, WiFi). Kitchen/diner (oven, microwave, wood burner). Shower room (washing machine).
  • From living room an open tread staircase leads to…
  • Mezzanine: Futon-style double bed.
  • From kitchen/diner an open tread staircase leads to…
  • First floor: Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room.
  • Outside: Sun terrace. In built barbecue. Covered dining terrace. Private parking.
  • L-shaped private swimming pool (5.5m x 3.5m at widest points).

Charming, appealing, with impressive panoramic views across the verdant Konavle Valley, this compact country hideaway makes a lovely holiday base. Attractive beamed ceilings and walls of part-exposed stone add character to the comfortable interior while independent access to each sleeping area enhances privacy for sharing couples or smaller parties.

A long covered entrance/dining terrace to the front and the private pool/sun terrace to the side at first floor level offer a choice of appealing options from which to absorb those wonderful views across the countryside to the sea.

All amenities are found at Gruda (9km) or Cilipi (7km) where every Sunday morning (Easter to October) there is folk dancing in the church square.

Many great walking and biking trails criss-cross the surrounding hills and lanes.

  • As the open tread staircase leading to the mezzanine is quite steep this property would not be ideal for young children.
  • Visitor Registration Fee and Tourist Tax are included in the rental rates.
  • Larger groups looking to holiday together, whilst fully retaining their own space and privacy, will be interested to know that Ivana is next door to Luciana, its sister property.   Each is self-contained and retains its own individual space and privacy.

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Great Things to Do Near Ivana

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. Visitors are rewarded with fantastic views over the Konavle valley to the Adriatic Sea.

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.

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.

Trsteno

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Go Quad Biking!

This is also offered from Kojan Koral in Popovici. The half day tour runs to Cilipi 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.

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.

Visit Zaton

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.

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.

Visit Montenegro

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!

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.

Take a boat trip from Cavtat to Dubrovnik

The easiest way to visit the city. Board one of the boat trips leaving from Cavtat for a scenic cruise along the coast and arrive right in the heart of the Old Town. The journey takes around 30 minutes and gives plenty of photo opportunities en route.

Sveti Jakov Beach

Visit the little known beach of Sveti Jakov for spectacular views of the old town of Dubrovnik. It is situated at the eastern side of Dubrovnik Old Town, about a mile away, in a protected little bay. It has its own restaurant and cafe bar.

Cadmos Village Adventure Park

Cadmos Village adventure park features three levels and 4 zip-lines, fields for archery and paintball, giant swing, bicycle service and the first treehouse in Croatia. Activities are suitable for families and children, as well as adventure seekers. Cadmos Village is situated in the picturesque Konavle region near the village of Komaji, hidden in unique oak woods. There is also an eco-restaurant offering local Istrian cuisine, run by its own solar system!

Visit a local Winery

There are many wineries in the area offering excellent local wines to try and also homemade liquors. The most famous grape in the region is the Malvasia which is a Konavle indigenous variety. It is not certain how it arrived in the area, whether it was brought over by the ancient Greeks or actually originated from this region. A well chilled glass of Malvasia goes very well with the traditional stye of Istrian cooking - baking meat slowly under a stone bell. Besides Malvasia other white wine varieties such as, Marastina and Posip are very well known just as excellent red wines like; Plavac, Merlot, Cabernet, Cormorant, Kadarun and other varieties.

Nearby

Towns

Gruda 10 mins
Cilipi 10 mins
Cavtat 15 mins
Dubrovnik 30 mins
Herceg Novi 40 mins

Beaches

Plat 15 mins
Pasjača 20 mins
Molunat 25 mins

Airports

Dubrovnik 15 mins
Times are approximate

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