BRSECINE - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

Brsecine

About 20km north-west from Dubrovnik, on the main road to Split, there is a small hillside village of Brsecine, with about 90 inhabitants still living like their ancestors, enjoying the fresh sea air and fishing for a living, planting vineyards with Plavac, their indigenous dark grape, and farming, and more recently, tourism. If you take the steep village road down to the sea, within 1km you will reach a beautiful bay with just a few old stone villas, dating from the 16th century. This was once a castle and a summer home of a famous Croatian lady poet Cvieta Zuzoric, who alternated her living between Dubrovnik, Brsecine and Venice. She knew to pick a romantic seaside spot for her summer castle! It is a small village, but it managed to create two medieval churches, the church of St. George and a smaller church of St. Stephen. If you stay in any of the villas in Brsecine, the view will be memorable. The huge Adriatic panorama features the beguiling Elafite islands Lopud and Sipan, both are a must for a day boat trip. On the Dubrovnik side, your closest shops and restaurants are in Trsteno, another gem in the Dubrovnik region. In Trsteno, do visit the famous botanical gardens, also stemming from the Renaissance era of the Dubrovnik Republic. Lose yourself among the fabulous Mediterranean trees and scented herbs, secret shady pathways and fabulous fountains, and then walk down a few minutes to the sea and dip in. A bit further away in the opposite direction, towards the magical and less well known Peljesac peninsula, is the village of Slano (12 km), where you can find a wellness centre and night entertainment, and further still, the unmissable restaurants of Ston and Mali Ston. Treat yourself to a beach picnic on the sandy beach in Prapratno and visit the famous wineries on the Peljesac peninsula.


A car is highly recommended, as a bus passes by only 2- 3 times a day. If you want peace, stunning sea views and closeness to the vibrant and unique Dubrovnik, Brsecine is a great choice.


Dubrovnik

Described as the pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik will not fail to impress with great City walls rising out of the brilliant Adriatic against a backdrop of steep mountainsides. Within the walls of the old town are some fine architecture and lively streets crammed with shops, cafes and restaurants. Walk the City walls to enjoy the beautiful roofscape of the old town and the seascape beyond. Visit the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries and stroll down the cobbled streets and alleyways or relax in the cafes. During the summer months the Dubrovnik festival hosts concerts on most nights providing music of all types.


Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island
Castle wall
Castle wall
Beach near Dubrovnik
Beach near Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik
Stadun, Dubrovnik

Gruz

Gruz is the port area of Dubrovnik where the cruise ships dock and where mega-yachts tie up at the quayside around this large and sheltered natural harbour. The gentle banks of Gruz harbour was where the Dubrovnik noblemen chose to build their fine summer palaces to escape the heat and bustle of the ancient city. Many of these stunning Rennaisance buildings are still standing and some have been renovated as luxury hotels or spectacular private houses. Today Gruz is a shopping and commercial centre for Dubrovnik as well as a living museum of Rennaisance architecture.


Eating Out

Dubrovnik offers everything from sophisticated restaurants in spectacular waterside locations to simple bistros in alleyways and side streets of the old town. The choice is endless. We can provide you with our recommendations


Beaches

In Dubrovnik there are popular beaches all around the Lapad Peninsula. From the old town harbour ferries go regularly to the small island of Lokrum just a few minutes away, where Dubrovnik people traditionally like to go for a swim. A short distance down the coast there are sandy and shingle beaches at Kupari and Mlini.


Islands

The nearby islands of Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep are easily reached by ferry from Dubrovnik. Much quieter but still historically interesting. Lopud has one of the best sandy beaches in the region which can be reached by walking across the narrow neck of the island from the town of Lopud. The charming harbour front village of Suderad on Sipanhas a well preserved fortified palace from the 15th century.


Trsteno

About 10km from Dubrovnik is the famous landscaped garden and arboretum of Trsteno a Mediterranean garden with a fine array of trees and breathtaking views. The gardens were created by the nobleman Ivan Gucetic in the grounds of his summer villa built between 1494 and 1502.


Tresteno Arboretum
Tresteno Arboretum
Suderad harbour, Sipan
Suderad harbour, Sipan

Zaton and Orasac

Zaton

Zaton Veliki and Zaton Mali are neighbouring fishing villages set on the banks of an idylic sheltered bay edged with pine trees and only 10 min drive from Dubrovnik. These charming villages with their old fishermen's stone cottages, beautifully restored, nestling together with tasteful new villas, restaurants and harbour front cafes form one of the most desirable areas close to Dubrovnik. As well as several good restaurants and a pizzeria Zaton has a small supermarket, bakery, post office and a bank. Wonderful pathways along the shore are suitable for walks and bicycling and there are small beaches around the bay from which to swim.


Zaton Bay
Zaton Bay

Orasac

The small village of Orasac (pronounce Orashats) is just a short drive from Zaton and is known for its church dating from the 13th century. In the bay beneath the village is the newly built Radisson Blu Resort Hotel. The resort has seven restaurants, bars, sport centre and swimming pools as well as a spa which offers many treatments. For clubbers there is a nightclub with DJs. These facilities are available to guests of the resort and to visitors.


Ston and Mali Ston

The picturesque town of Ston with its small sister town of Mali Ston are picturesque fortified medieval towns standing either end of the narrow isthmus that joins the Peljesac peninsula to the mainland. Rich in history they are places of culinary excellence and several renowned seafood restaurants are there. Prapratno Cove, close to Ston, provides one of the finest sandy beaches in Croatia. Dubrovnik is within 40 minutes drive down the spectacular coast road.


Ston town and salt pans
Ston town and salt pans
Nearby Prapratno beach
Nearby Prapratno beach
Cafes in Ston
Cafes in Ston
Ston
Ston
Fishing boat at Broce
Fishing boat at Broce

The Dubrovnik Republic acquired control over Peljesac in 1333 and proceeded to construct massive fortifications in the form of a 5.5 kilometre wall spanning the isthmus and circling the towns of Ston and Mali Ston that stood on the coast at either end of the wall. The wall was built between 1336 and 1358 and is considered to be the longest defensive wall in Europe. Above Mali Ston and forming part of the town's fortification stands the impressive five-towered castle, Koruna. Mali Ston itself is laid out in terraces rising up the hillside and overlooking the sheltered harbour with its landmark circular Toljevac Tower built in 1478. Just across the isthmus lies Ston, laid out to a grid plan in the 14th century, the town is reminiscent of Dubrovnik and contains some fine public buildings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. The ancient wall has been restored and is open to the public. The walk from Ston to Mali Ston provides wonderful views of the coastline and towns below. The saltpans at ston, still operating today are estimated to have generated two thirds of the Dubrovnik Republic's revenue in the 14th century. Nearby the small community of Broce, reached by a causeway running beside the Ston channel, was established in 1349 and has historic buildings and a delightful beach.


Mali Ston harbour
Mali Ston harbour
Mali Ston Beach
Mali Ston Beach
Mali Ston and castle
Mali Ston and castle

Eating out

Ston and Mali ston are places of culinary excellence. There are renowned seafood restaurants, notably Bota Sare (occupying and old salt warehouse) and Kapetanova Kuca (Captain's House), on the seafront of Mali Ston. The town is famous for its oysters harvested from the local oyster beds. You can sample the excellent local white wine, Posip, and two great reds: Dingac and Postup.


Beaches

There are beaches at Mali Ston and Broce and Prapratno Cove, close to Ston, provides one of the finest sandy beaches in Croatia.. The Peljesac peninsula contains some of the very best beaches that can be found on the Adriatic. A 30 minute drive up the peninsula will take you to the delightful village of Zuljana. The village houses front a small harbour and sandy beach which offers excellent swimming against a spectacular backdrop of woodland and mountains.



Our Villas in Brsecine


Villa Natalie
Villa Natalie A four bedroom, five bathroom partially air-conditioned luxury stone villa with pool, incredible sea view, fantastic interiors, peace and seclusion, only 10 miles from Dubrovnik. Internet, flexible start days.


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