The wonderful landscape of Southern Dalmatia with its unique coastline and many of islands, offers to the visitor a plenty of reasons to visit this part of Croatia. The most important town of the region is most certainly Dubrovnik – also called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. In the Middle Age, the city has been one of the most important economic and cultural centres of the Mediterranean area. Today, the traffic-free old town looks like an unique open air museum with countless sights. Enjoy a walk through the winding streets in the afternoon or evening, and discover walls, towers, churches, frescoes and vaults or just take a refreshing bath at the town beach „Banje“.
Not only Dubrovnik but also the beautiful Islands of Mljet an Korcula are certainly worth a visit. One part of the Island of Mljet is a National Park – two saltwater lakes (in the larger of the two lakes you will find a small island with a former monastery) are connected to the sea by a narrow channel. We recommend a swim in the saltwater lakes, where the temperature is always 2°C above the temperature of the sea. Korčula, located on the homonymous island is one of the most beautiful old towns in Dalmatia and due to its fortress-like appearance, it is often named “Little Dubrovnik”. Another picturesque place on the Island of Korcula, is Vela Luka. The village lies in a deep, sheltered bay at the western end of the island. Vela Luka is not only the favourite theme in the beautiful songs of the Dalmatian “Klapas” (small, mostly male vocal groups, who often sing “a cappella”), but it is also the birthplace of some of the most famous Croatian singers. Because of its vast pine forests the island in ancient times was also called “the Black Island”.
The Elafiti archipelago consists of thirteen islands and islets, of which only three are inhabited – Šipan, Lopud and Koločep. The islands used to be the summer residence of the Dubrovnik aristocracy, and you may still admire many magnificent mansions.
The hinterland of Southern Dalmatia is characterised by the delta of the Neretva River which stretches over an area of 20,000 hectares. 12,000 hectares belong to Croatia the rest to Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was originally a pure swamp, however in 1880 parts of it were drained so the land could be used for agriculture. Hence came to life the largest tangerine cultivation in the Adriatic area, also called the “Croatian California”.
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