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.