DUBROVACKA RIVER - LOCAL AND TOURIST INFORMATION

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 Renaissance 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 Renaissance 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

Cavtat

This delightful town is set between two bays with restaurants and cafes around the harbour front which is a popular mooring place for yachtsmen. Narrow alleyways and stone staircases wind their way up the hillside from the waterfront between charming stone houses. There are plenty of excellent beaches close at hand. The town is just 10 minutes drive from Dubrovnik airport and no more than 15 minutes from Dubrovnik old town.


Cavtat aerial view
Cavtat aerial view
Cavtat harbour
Cavtat harbour
Cavtat rooftops
Cavtat rooftops
Cavtat
Cavtat
back streets and alleyways
back streets and alleyways
night scene
night scene
night time lights
night time lights
Local beaches
Local beaches
Cavtat beaches
Cavtat beaches

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 salt pans 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 Dubrovacka River


Villa Nesta
Villa Nesta Recently renovated, traditional Dalmatian stone house with pool and terraces, 6km from Dubrovnik and 1.5km from Dubrovnik Marina. Views of Dubrovnik Marina and the river estuary.
Villa Antiqua
Villa Antiqua A 17th century nobleman's summer residence outside Dubrovnik, recently expertly restored and transformed into a happy family home. Nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, garden and heated swimming pool, air conditioned, high speed internet. Swimming area and boat mooring 10 metres away. Meals cooked on request.
Villa Issa
Villa Issa A luxury four bedroom, six bathroom air conditioned villa with spectacular views of Dubrovnik marina and only 10 minutes by car from the centre of Dubrovnik. Pool, garden with stream, lovely views of Dubrovnik marina. Internet. Pet friendly. Outdoor summer kitchen.
Villa Kamino
Villa Kamino A new luxurious five bedroom, five bathroom villa 100m from the coastline. WiFi, heated pool, terrace and barbecue area. Fully air-conditioned. Only a 10 minute car journey to Dubrovnik Old Town. WiFi.
Villa Riviera
Villa Riviera A three bedroom, two bathroom air-conditioned semi-detached villa with infinity pool in a tranquil area 15 minutes drive outside of Dubrovnik. Fantastic view of Gruz Port and the surrounding area. Beautiful garden, satellite TV and WiFi.
Quayside Villa
Quayside Villa A luxuriously appointed five bedroom, three bathroom old stone villa with pool in the harbour, five metres from the sea. Fully equipped study. WiFi. Sea views. Mature Mediterranean garden. BBQ. Outdoor Jacuzzi. Private 30 metre yacht mooring. Dinghy supplied for island exploring. Parking.
Villa Nautika
Villa Nautika A 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, air-conditioned 400 year old sea front cottage in a Dubrovnik suburb, close to shops and buses, large garden, BBQ, WiFi, 2 bicycles, sea 10 metres, private mooring.


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