Words are not enough to depict the beauties of “the pearl of the Adriatic”- Dubrovnik. Area prides its self not only with treasures hidden inside Dubrovnik’s stone walls but also with lemon and orange groves the emerald beauty of Mljet, medieval stone palaces of Korčula and many other gems all of which will defy your expectations.
Artists and kings alike for centuries have been inspired, seduced and captivated by this “heaven on Earth”. What better recommendation could we give?
Vela Luka is located on the island of Korcula, famous as the town of musicians and artists. Vela Luka is settled at the westernmost bay of the island Korcula. This unforgettable place has been part of traveling routes, thanks to its safe port protecting from the elements, for centuries. Archeological finds in nearby Vela spilja that has been settled since Stone Age, give us the glimpse into life on the Adriatic in these distant times. Picturesque Vela Luka today is the second largest town in the Adriatic islands with rich cultural and entertainment program during the summer months making it the must visit location for all passing travelers.
Famed city located on the east side of the island Korcula is the city of explorers, travelers, knights and mariners. This city is the result of planned medieval built with streets that are fish bone shaped and since it beginnings it prided itself with its traditions, customs and people. Many believe famed explorer Marko Polo was born on the island. Beautiful and surprisingly peaceful this town has a lot to offer to vacationers besides a safe marina. Olive oil and great wine can be tasted here, traditional knights game Moreska is still performed and the island holds many other surprises that should not be missed.
Zaklopatica is a small village located on the north side of Lastovo island. This youngest Croatian nature park has been off limits to foreigners for half of the century making it rare, mystical and peaceful. Island has been a target for passing pirates for centuries and thus majority of villages are settled inland with Zaklopatica being a rare exception. Thanks to the distance from the mainland island is not light polluted so look at the night sky is unforgettable moment for all sailing by.
Another rare port on the southern part of Lastovo Island is Skrivena Luka (hidden port). It provided natural protection over times from pirates, various armies. Its seclusion was sometimes the reason it was missed even by the travel routes and explorers. However this is port not to be missed as this island of magnificent sky, unforgettable unique chimneys and army bunkers has a lot to offer besides great food and wine.
Polace is a small village on the northern coast of the island of Mljet protected by 4 small islands making it one of the safest ports since antiquity. This secluded yet large bay hides the remains of roman villa that was found on the island. Always inhabited but never overcrowded this pine covered island is an oasis of tranquility and something that each vacationer needs to experience for themselves. Since Mljet is also one of our most beautiful national parks, make sure you enjoy its exquisite beauty.
This secluded cove was first used as storage bay for the local fishermen and sailors who would stop on their way to Korcula. Sparsely populated this quiet cove offers shelter, good food and wine to all passing sailors.
Sobra is best connected port of the island.Unlike other ports it has year round connection to the main land, nearby islands and even Italy. It has its origin as the port from which the venetians galies sailed out taking the wood necesary to build Dubrovnik. This town also prides itself with special type of sailboat it used to collect the wood.
The Pearl of Adriatic- Dubrovnik has a history that spans for more than a thousand years as seen around every corner of this city. Over the centuries this autonomous and neutral city state that valued freedom above all has attracted poets, artists, musicians, sculptors, actors and various other artists with its unique beauty and history and they in return left some of their best works to the city making it the living museum. To protect its freedom city was surrounded by medieval walls that are, to this day, preserved in their original form. Today, under UNSECO protection, Dubrovnik is a year around cultural and historical destination for travelers coming from all around. If you plan to visit Dubrovnik, plan your cruise wisely, and choose the best routes to enjoy the best islands and ports on your way.