DUBROVNIK TRAVEL GUIDE

The suns glare reflects off white limestone walls and patchwork paving as you stroll down the pedestrianised Placa linking the gates of Pile and Ploce. This is Dubrovnik: famed for fortifications, Franciscan monasteries, Gothic-Renaissance palaces and hexadecagon-shaped fountains. Oh, and the walls. Cant forget the walls. Ironically, the walls of Dubrovnik offer a glimpse at what else is out there. The pine forests and saltwater lakes of Mljet National Park; the flower-festooned villages, summer houses and secret coves of the Elaphiti Islands; the Benedictine abbey and botanical gardens of car-free Lokrum Island. Strain your gaze south and the rural trails of Konavle Valley lie beyond.
Theres more to Dubrovnik than walls so make the most of boats, bikes, kayaks and hiking boots as you release yourself from ramparts and explore without cruise ship crowds.
To the north, from Ston, the vineyards and oyster beds of the Peljeac Peninsula create a gastronomic delight for cyclists. The twinkling Adriatic is crying out for kayaking, snorkelling and wading in crystal clear shallows in search of sand-free sanctuary without crowds, and, sometimes, without clothes.

Find out more in our Dubrovnik travel guide.

DUBROVNIK MAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Occupying the skinnier southern section of Dalmatia, DubrovnikNeretva County captures the islands and mainland coastal districts surrounding the city of Dubrovnik. Stretching southwards from Hvar Island and the seaside village of Drvenik to the borders with Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, DubrovnikNeretva also includes the Peljeac Peninsula and the southernmost region of Konavle. The Elaphiti Islands, Korcula Island and Mljet National Park all feature within the county limits and there are numerous ferries, catamarans and water taxis operating out of Dubrovnik with seasonal timetables and prices to match: Oct to May is low season, June to Sept is high season.

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1. Dubrovnik
2. Elaphiti islands
3. Konavle countryside
4. Lokrum island
5. Mljet island
6. Peljesac peninsula
Dubrovnik

1. Dubrovnik

Pale limestone paves the way to 15th century fountains and steep side streets in Dubrovnik's Stari Grad (Old Town), providing early birds with a glimpse of life pre-tourism. The white stone stands in contrast to the russet red roof tiles with baroque, copper- domed, churches standing alongside convents and cloistered gardens to create a cornucopia of colour best viewed from Mount Srdj via cable car or hiking trail.
Elaphiti islands

2. Elaphiti islands

Ferries here are frequent so don't expect to keep this Adriatic archipelago to yourself. The three inhabited islands all tempt cyclists, walkers and bathers, although Lopud's sandy beach does tend to draw more crowds. Sipan boasts a rugged coastline, church ruins and an abundance of palm trees whereas Kolocep is renowned for ancient pines, citrus groves and fishing villages Gornje Celo and Donje Celo.
Konavle countryside

3. Konavle countryside

Captured between the Adriatic and Mt Snijenica, the rocky valleys and peaceful pastures of Konavle extend from Cavtat (15 mins from Dubrovnik) to Montenegro to invite travelers into rural lifestyles featuring watermills and waterfalls hidden by pine and cypress forests. Olives, figs, grapes and mulberries are grown in abundance with out-of-the-way villages, like Cilipi, initiating a peep into the past.
Lokrum island

4. Lokrum island

Right in front of Dubrovnik seriously, you can't miss it, just a 15 minute ferry ride away the tiny emerald isle of Lokrum is bypassed by most tourists looking to island hop and as such makes for an incredibly pleasant place to spend a day. Well worn tracks meander from botanical gardens to ancient fortifications, olive groves, sheltered swim spots and a cafe or two great option if youre stuck for time.
Mljet island

5. Mljet island

The northwest of Mljet Island has been a national park since the 60s and features a couple of vast, saltwater lakes, one of which has its own island and 12th century Benedictine monastery. Hikers and bikers will be in their absolute element with numerous ridges, gorges and pine-covered hillsides presenting ample stomping grounds prior to renting a kayak and paddling to the beaches and coves along the coast.
Peljesac peninsula

6. Peljesac peninsula

About an hour's drive along the coast from Dubrovnik you'll come to Ston (famed for its Great Wall of China- type walls) and the start of the Peljeac Peninsula. This 65km fertile frond is flanked on both sides by coastline and features some of the finest mussels, oysters and seafood hotspots in Croatia, as well as an abundance of vineyards - all within easy reach for cyclists looking to expand horizons, and Lycra.
Written by Chris Owen
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