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Southern Dalmatia, Croatia

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Downtown Dubrovnik

Downtown Dubrovnik

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Placa Stradun (Main Street)

Placa Stradun (Main Street)

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A region would be lucky to have just one sight as majestic as Dubrovnik. In Southern Dalmatia, the walled city is only the beginning. Head south to pine-scented hiking trails in Cavtat, or up the coast to a garden full of exotic trees in Trsteno. Tour an ancient salt factory, feast on world-class oysters and superb red wine from the Pelješac Peninsula, then head out to sea to explore Marco Polo’s birthplace on Korčula and Odysseus’ mythical cave on Mljet. Along the way you’ll find some of the best windsurfing and sailing in Europe, kayak trips to citrus and sage-covered islands, centuries-old houses, millennia-old caves, fresh seafood, and always, everywhere, that big blue sea.The highlight of Southern Dalmatia is undoubtedly the majestic walled city of Dubrovnik, from 1358 to 1808 a rich and powerful independent republic, which exerted its economic and cultural influence over almost the entire region. Jutting out to sea and backed by rugged mountains, it's an unforgettable sight and now Croatia's most upmarket and glamorous destination.From Dubrovnik a ferry runs all the way up the coast to Rijeka in the Kvarner region, making several stops along the way, and occasionally extending its itinerary to include an overnight lap from Dubrovnik to Bari, Italy. There are also regular local ferry and catamaran services from Dubrovnik to outlying islands. The nearest and most accessible of these are the tiny Elafitis, ideal as a day trip for someone on a short stay who still wants a brief taste of island life.Moving down the mainland coast, Cavtat was founded by the ancient Greeks. Today a sleepy fishing town through winter, it turns into a cheerful holiday resort come summer, with a palm-lined seaside promenade, several sights of cultural note, and a handful of reasonably priced hotels.Back up the coast, northwest of Dubrovnik, lies the village of Trsteno, with its delightful Renaissance arboretum stepping down toward the sea in a series of terraces. Proceeding northwest one arrives at Ston, known for its oysters and salt pans, and its 14th-century walls forming the gateway to Pelješac Peninsula. Pelješac is of particular note for its excellent red wines: several families open their vineyards and cellars to the public for wine tastings. The main destination here is Orebić, a low-key resort with a good beach and water-sports facilities, backed by a majestic hillside monastery. From Orebić there are regular ferry crossings to Korčula Town, on the island of Korčula, one of the most sophisticated settlements on the Croatian islands, with its fine Gothic and Renaissance stone buildings bearing witness to almost 800 years of Venetian rule. Nearby Lumbarda provides a good stretch of sand beach, plus a delicate white wine known as Grk. In contrast to Korčula, the sparsely populated island of Mljet offers little in the way of architectural beauty but has preserved its indigenous coniferous forests, which rim the shores of two emerald-green saltwater lakes. They are contained within the borders of Mljet National Park, a haven for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and kayaking.

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Ramble the Ramparts
Ramble the Ramparts

The thick stone walls ringing the old part of Dubrovnik have withstood centuries of strife. Stroll along the top for view of the Pearl of the Adriatic.

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For Whom the Bells Toll
For Whom the Bells Toll

Two bronze “green men” strike the hour from an Old City bell tower. The duo overlooks shops and cafes on the pedestrian-only Stradun.

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Bird’s-Eye Vistas
Bird’s-Eye Vistas

Climb 1,300 feet above sea level on the Dubrovnik Cable Car for a panorama of city, sea and islands. Enjoy Croatian beer in the restaurant on top.

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Lose Those Tan Lines

A rocky nude beach (ouch!) is just one draw on car-free Lokrum Island, a short boat ride from Dubrovnik. Peacocks stroll; a botanical garden beckons.

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Medieval and Magical
Medieval and Magical

The island of Korčula contains some of the region’s best-preserved architecture, including a cathedral and the purported birthplace of Marco Polo.

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