DUBROVNIK - DUBROVNIK
Day 1-Dubrovnik, Sipan
An amazing city surround by long stone walls stretching 1940 meters. Among the many places to visit is the impressive open-air museum, leaving you in awe. Dubrovnik is certainly a photogenic city with sights that will captivate and amaze you continuously. The museums are a must-see if you visit Dubrovnik. See where the Dubrovnik Republic once resided, where grain was stored, and the fleet of ships that once made up the powerful and proud Dubrovnik Republic – which in turn made this wonderful city so famous.
Mediterranean delights await in the taverns and restaurants located in the Old City. Or enjoy a delicious coffee in Stradum (Stradun or Placa is the main street. A pedestrian street paved in limestone that is 300 m long and runs through the Old Town). Why not splurge on souvenir varieties; from Croatian delicacies, traditional jewellery, a bronze statuette of St Blaise, Konavle embroidery and more… to take back home with you to remember the wonderful times spent in incredible Dubrovnik.
Within the region of Dubrovnik are a group of islands call Elafiti (Deers Islands). Among the islands, the largest in Sipan. Sipanska and Sudjuradj are the two main villages. It is a very picturesque region and once quite popular by the upper class of Dubrovnik. As such 44 mansions and 32 churches exist on the island. Once highly populated it is now far less where most reside in Sipanska Luka.
Sipan is a great place to get away from it all. Life is natural as it once was way back when. The waters are crystal clear and you can enjoy the scent of the pine forests. Along with its beauty, there is a rich history attached to Sipan. If you’re seeking a traditional Dalmatian village life atmosphere, this island may be one to visit and enjoy. Added activities to your stay could include a lovely hike and take in the surrounding scenery from a higher perspective!
Day 2-Mljet Island
Mljet is the most southerly and easterly of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatia region of Croatia. The National Park includes the western part of the island, Veliko Jezero, Malo Jezero, Soline Bay and a sea belt 500 m wide from the most prominent cape of Mljet covering an area of 54 km. The central parts of the park are Veliko Jezero with the Isle of St. Mary, Malo Jezero and the villages of Goveđari, Polače and Pomena.
Day 3-Lastovo Island
The municipality of Lastovo consists of 46 islands with a total population of 835 people and a land area of approximately 56 km² (22 mi²). The biggest island in the municipality is also named Lastovo, as is the largest town. The majority of the population lives on the 46 km² island of Lastovo which is inside of the island because in the past areas by the sea were often attacked by different invaders. Local people are mainly fishermen so this is a perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood.
Main town Lastovo can be explored by enjoyable hiking tour through forested roads. Lastovo is a very popular area for scuba divers because of its’ rich underwater life and sunken ships from the past.
Korčula’s abundant culture and history helped define its popular name ‘Little Dubrovnik’, a wonderfully romantic promenade runs through the town by the city walls and is teeming with lively cafes. Korcula town is also claimed to be the birthplace of Marco Polo.
Day 5-Trstenik, Peljesac Peninsula
Situated on the southern coast of the Peljesac peninsula is the picturesque village of Trstenik. This beautiful location is tucked away in a deep bay under the Peljesac hills and offers a large pebbly beach. This anchorage point has a protected pier but generally not preferred during the southern winds of Jugo. An unspoilt location is known for its clear waters, abundant underwater life, numerous nearby small bays and beaches of which some can only be accessed by boat.
There are great diving opportunities in Trstenik run locally and offers wreck diving, cave diving, diving on sunken vessels, caves and walls.
Trstenik is also famous for its wine and home to the Grgic Vina winery which was founded by the Napa Valley winemaker Mike Grgich in 1958.
Day 6- Mljet National Park
One of the most must-see places when gulet cruising in Croatia is the Mljet National Park which occupies the whole northwest region of Mljet Island. Some of the attractions include two saltwater lakes (Veliko and Malo Jezero). The lakes extend for approximately 4 km. There is a small island situated in the centre of the lake (the islet Melita (Sveta Marija). On it is a former Benedictine monastery that was built in the 12th Century. Now though it is a cafe/restaurant. Access to this small island is only by boat.
There are opportunities for activities in this region. Both lakes are surrounded by marked paths and ideal for cycling or taking a nice stroll around.
Kayaking is also possible here and can be rented at Mali Most (the connecting channel between both lakes). The waters tend to be warmer during the colder months, than the sea and may be suitable for swimming too. For additional activities, you might like to take a hike up the hills (about 200 meters) and capture the stunning views of the region.
Located in the Zadar channel on the coast of Croatia is a small town called Zaton in the Bay of Zaton. It is renown for its traditional Dalmatian architecture, unspoilt natural environment, rich culture and historical heritage – coupled with a bustling lifestyle. The history of Zaton dates back to the Bronze Age (approx. 4000 years). During the Roman times, it was a port which had belonged to Aenona.
In the present day, Zaton is a holiday resort which has been developing since the end of the 17th Century.
Some of the historical and archaeological sites include The St. Nicholas church built (11th century); Kaštelina tower (16th century) by Venetians for protection from Turks; ruins of the Liburnian boats (1st century BC); Liburnian tombs, grave-mounds, stone-pits and so on.
Day 8- Dubrovnik