Croatian villas

Croatian villas and sumptuous palaces are not adequately promoted in tourism; probably because tourism promotion is mainly focused on the mass tourism, what is not bad but we should not ignore the elite tourism, that makes many traditional tourist countries proud of. Croatia also has the potential to express itself in this area, and just by the touristic presentation of its rich building heritage where villas and palaces play an important role.

Central Croatia is the kingdom of baroque palaces and villas, arranged medieval castles and fortresses, organized for tourist offer.

In this sphere, a ‘dangerous’ rival is the area of southern Croatia, i.e. Dubrovnik region of Dalmatia, not only by the beauty of the sea coast that surrounds it but also by its distinguished and noble architectural style and cultural value.

The Old city of Dubrovnik, the finest precious stone of Croatian heritage in the sunniest Croatian tourist region, provides knowledge about the one thousand years blossoming of Croatian culture and art, enabled by victorious statehood of famous Dubrovnik Republic. Dubrovnik and its surroundings – Korcula island, homeland of Marko Polo; the green islands of Mljet, Lastovo and Elafiti with it’s picturesque villages; and the Peljesac peninsula with it’s vineyards and captain’s homes villas and rural buildings; Konavle magic valley; the fertile delta of the Neretva river – provide to a visitor tourist never before experienced excitement and pleasure.

Let us think about the vista of the Old city Dubrovnik from the sea: it is one of the most impressive vistas of the entire Mediterranean: so it is not surprising centers in the description of Dubrovnik in the List of the World heritage of UNESCO, which begins by words – ‘Pearl of the Adriatic on the Dalmatian coast’…

Invitation to tourists: Come and enjoy, place yourself in hotels, don’t forget the comforts of villas and palaces in the offer; enjoy in the cultural heritage and the beauty of nature, of which we all are an integral part.

Reasonably, many conquerors in the history wanted to occupy these beauties; and even in the recent war in the last decade of the 20st century. Today, there are no more troupes with guns at the Dubrovnik’s city walls, but peace-loving tourists and participants of cultural events. Instead of guns and rifles, today well-intentioned and playful tourists admire of this, the world’s unique panorama, trying to record it by cameras for the lasting memory.

Come and enjoy! Wherever staying around – everything is ‘within reach’; in everything you can participate and experience what, maybe, you didn’t even expect.

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Dubrovnik area: beauty of nature, rich cultural heritage

About the cultural heritage of the Old City of Dubrovnik and its vicinity I wrote under the title „Dubrovnik, the jewel of Croatian cultural heritage“, covering the Konavle with Cavtat and Dubrovnik coast with Trsteno and its arboretum.

There are more data that are very interesting about the wider Dubrovnik area, due to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Rich cultural heritage of the southernmost and sunniest tourist area, attract tourists of diferent tastes and requirements for a long time.

The territory of the Neretva River delta, due to the natural soil fertility and availability of fresh water, was populated since ancient times. The proof of that is Ancient Narona. Museum is built on the original location of sites, above part of the Roman Forum.

If we start from Dubovnik coast towards island of Korcula we will pas through the hilly wine-growing peninsula of Peljesac. The old center of the peninsula is the scenic town of Ston on the isthmus that connects it to the mainland. Between the Stone and the neighboring Mali Ston which is famous after the cultivation of oyster shells, are an impressive walls.

On the west side of the peninsula there is Orebic, the largest settlement of the peninsula and the center of the sea captains.

The largest island of the Dubrovnik region is Korcula. Korcula shows the splendor of the great buildings, it is specially emphasized in its main town of the same name Korcula. The appearance of the town, Korcula owes to the period of the 14. – 16. century, when the island of Korcula (unlike the rest of the Dubrovnik area) belonged to the Republic of Venice. Town of Korcula is well know by its raster of the streets that forms a fish bones shape and by its preserved Gothic and Renaissance buildings (the Cathedral of St Marc, a Franciscan monastery on an islet near the town of Badia, Korcula Municipal Museum etc.).

But the most interesting location to its visitors is the house of the Polo family because from her comes its most famous son, the world´s great adventurer, Marco Polo. People of Korcula carefully preserve their heritage, as it is shown through the maintenance of Church events, and even more in the medieval knight´s game Moreška (Moreska) which traditionally takes place one a year on the streets of the town.

Worthy inheritance is placed in two more places on the island, in Vela Luka and in Blato. In Vela Luka there is the most important prehistorc archaeological site in Dalmatia, called Vela Spila. Numerous ceramic, stone and bone artefacts were found here from Neolithic period, as well as preserved decorated tombs.

The most distant islands in Dubrovnik region are Mljet and Lastovo, known fot its natural heritage. The National Park Mljet anf the Nature Park Lastovo. On the little island in the middle of the biggest lake in the National Park Mljet there is an interesting cultural monument, the Benedictine monastery from the 17th century.

Elafiti islands in front of Dubrovnik, with its charming old villas and castles from the period of the greatest splendor of the famous Dubrovnik Republic will be breathtaking to the surprised visitor.
Come and enjoy the beauty of nature
and rich cultural heritage
of the Dubrovnik region.