Dubrovnik region is the southernmost part of Croatia. It spreads from Peljesac peninsula to the north, to Montenegro to the south. For Frank, the road from Peljesac peninsula to Dubrovnik is the most scenic drive in Croatia.
The views are amazing. If you have time, take the ancient Napoleon’s road. The road runs parallel with the main coastal road, but higher in the mountains. You’ll be awarded with some spectacular views over the sea, islands and peninsula.
Peljesac peninsula is famous for Ston walls, the longest fortification walls in Europe, and it is praised for its fabulous red wines. Dubrovnik is the most visited Croatian town. Island of Mljet is the greenest Croatian island and it boasts one of the nicest national parks in Croatia. Konavle is a rural region south of Dubrovnik also called a “Valley of Beauty”.
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Best time to travel is spring and summer. Don’t forget Dubrovnik region is the southernmost region of Croatia. Thus, it is the warmest region as well. It can get really hot in July and August.
Food: Dubrovnik region, particularly Ston Bay on Peljesac peninsula, is famed for seashells: oysters and mussels. Eat in the village Hodilje, instead of more famous Ston, and you will taste the freshest and biggest seashells ever without paying a fortune. Head for Neretva valley for an exciting meal of local delicacies like frogs and eels. Most of the restaurants in the old town Dubrovnik are pricey and often not worth the money. As for the rest, In Dubrovnik region, as long as you keep out of Dubrovnik old town, you will pay similar prices like in the rest of Croatia: light meals cost 6-8€, pastries are from 0,5-2€.
Accommodation: Whether you are traveling on a budget or searching for a luxury hotel, Dubrovnik region has a superb selection of accommodation to suite everybody’s taste. 5star hotels are mainly in Dubrovnik, along with some 4star and 3star hotels, youth hostels, private accommodation and even one campsite. The rest of region has less hotels, but lots of apartment and villa rentals, and smaller family-owned campsites. Dubrovnik is very pricey. It is also very crowded during the summer. Frank would strongly advise you to book an accommodation out of Dubrovnik. You’ll get much better value for your money. And you can always visit Dubrovnik for a day.
Transportation: Dubrovnik region has one particularity – in Neum, Bosnia & Herzegovina cuts Croatia into two parts. If you are traveling to and from Dubrovnik to northerner Croatian towns (Split, Zadar, Zagreb, etc…), the main coastal road passes through Bosnia. You’ll need your passport, and you’ll loose some time at the border crossing. Alternatively, you can go across Peljesac peninsula, and make a ferry crossing from Trpanj to Ploce. But it is way longer and it’s much more expensive. Suburban buses from Dubrovnik to Konavle region and to Slano are very frequent, especially to Cavtat. Peljesac is very badly connected with Dubrovnik.
Islands can be reached by ferry either from Dubrovnik or Peljesac. Ferry to the island of Mljet, leaves from Prapratno, and ferry to Korcula from Orebic.
Dubrovnik airport, from May to September, is well connected with many European hubs. Lots of low cost carriers fly into and out of Dubrovnik airport. For the rest of the year, you’ll need to catch a connecting flight in and from Zagreb.
Popular destinations in Dubrovnik region
- Dubrovnik, famous for its old town and 2km long fortification walls, is the most popular destination in Croatia.
- Peljesac peninsula is the second largest peninsula in Croatia. Peljesac is so lovely, old-style and romantic. Everything seems slower on the peninsula.
- Konavle region is a rural region south of Dubrovnik with Cavtat as its municipal center.
- Island of Mljet is the greenest Croatian island. There is a beautiful national park on the island.
- Island of Korcula is located just off Peljesac peninsula. Korcula has lots of lovely villages, quiet bays, vineyards and olive groves. The main town on the island has the same name.
- Komarna is a small village and it normally shouldn’t be listed here. But we spend our summers in Komarna. And this is our site. So, why not?!