South Dalmatia

DUBROVNIK

Medieval streets of the prettiest Mediterranean coastal town numerous times served as a filming location for movies such as Robin Hood: Origins, Star Wars Episode IX and for a hit TV series Game of Thrones. Robin Hood was filmed right in the old city center, the popular and world famous main street in Dubrovnik – Stradun, beneath the medieval walls which were built from the 13th century to protect the town from the Turkish forces and later invaders threatening this city-state. The walls run an uninterrupted course of approximately 1,940 m (6,360 ft) in length, they reach a maximum height of about 25 m (82 ft) and are a year-round attraction for tourists from all over the world. Last year’s record was 9K visitors in one single day!

This year, The New York Times listed Dubrovnik at No. 6 MUST SEE European cities, and everything in it is just breathtaking: from the landmark stone walls and fortresses, bastions, casemates, the Rector’s Palace (Knežev dvor) which is now a museum, luxury villas and cultural events – most popular being the Dubrovnik Summer Festival during which the streets of the old town become a stage for theatrical plays and various concerts.

To enjoy a more intimate and deeper travel experience, it is better to visit Dubrovnik off-season when there aren’t so many tourist from cruisers roaming the city.

PELJEŠAC

This mecca of vineyards and rustic resorts is actually called the “Tuscany of Croatia”, it’s where the famous sorts of wine such as Plavac Mali, Dingac and Postup originate from. Note for wine enthusiasts: Plavac mali is probably the best known Croatian wine, and if you haven’t tasted it before, it should definitely be at the top of your list. Also this grape variety has even been subjected to DNA research and has starred in the documentary Dossier Zinfandel. Mike Grgich, a native Croatian winemaker and founder of Grgich Hills Estate in the Napa Valley claims that Zinfandel’s origins have to be in Croatia and that Zinfandel is either Plavac Mali or a close relative. It is indeed so 🙂

Official records say that on this 70 km long peninsula there are as much as 250 winemakers! We recommend you take a tour throughout Pelješac by car since local public transport is only for enthusiasts with nerves of steel 🙂

In the district of Janjina which has some 500 residents you can find one of the most expensive wine sorts in Croatia: Plavac Mali ‘Brodska tajna’ (Navis Mysterium) produced by Ivo Šegović and Edi Bajurin, which cost about 2 000 kn per bottle. The wine is kept in ancient clay amphoras submerged 20 m below sea level, where it matures on average for 1,5 to 2 years. The sea in Mali Ston bay and Mljet channel serves as a special natural cellar.

ISLAND VIS

Earlier this year, The Guardian pronounced Stiniva beach to be the most beautiful beach in Europe, but this is just one of many reasons to visit this gorgeous island. Because of its 50-year long isolation due to military activities, Vis attracts tourists that crave to experience a traditional, rural way of life as it once was, although this destination is also increasingly caving to the fads of modern tourism. What is special here is definitely military tourism that includes touring some of the 38 abandoned and now derelict military sites. The taverns (konobe) on Vis are famous for its authentic cuisine – be sure to taste Bugava (also Vugava) wine, made from Vis’ very own indigenous white grape.