Dubrovnik meets Tuscany! The Konavle Region is just south of Dubrovnik Airport so easily accessible. It is the old agricultural area of the Dubrovnik Riviera (think wine & olives!) – a traditionally very rich area of Dubrovnik and many old families still have old family houses here. It is fast becoming the “gastro-agro-tourism” part of the coast boasting some of the best domestic restaurants in the area. Definitely worth a visit.
It also has plenty of folk events and activities going on – horse riding, off-roading etc. Just 10km to the south is a pebble beach at Molunat and gorgeous Cavtat is also nearby at 15 minutes drive and Mlini is around 25 minutes drive. Dubrovnik is around 30 minutes drive. In Konavle itself, the village of Gruda has several local shops and bars; a good restaurant serving traditional food is nearby called Koraceva Kuca, which is getting rave reviews from Dubrovnik ‘foodies’! The most southern point in Croatia is nearby and you are also very close to the Montenegrin border here – why not check it out on a day trip?
Konavle is located around 30km east of Dubrovnik, towards the border with Montenegro. The largest town in the region is Cavtat. Cavtat today is a tourist town that is very popular. The five star Hotel Croatia is in Cavtat and is well known as one of Croatia’s top hotels. It’s a wonderful place for walking and exploring as the old part of town has no hills with a promenade that runs the length of its peninsula.
If you are a lover of diving, don’t be surprised if you find an amphora because the area around Cavtat is one of the richest in the whole Mediterranean in terms of Roman amphora.
For those that love nature’s attractions, we recommend seeing the Sipun cave which is known for its lake and large hall with stalactites.
If you’d like to go swimming while you’re in Konavle then it’s best to go to one of the most beautiful beach on the Mediterranean – Pasjaca.
If you’re not a lover of the beach and prefer gastronomy then that’s where Konavoski dvori with its local specialities, comes in. Not only can you enjoy their dishes, but the natural surroundings and exploring the old mills on the River Ljuta too.
Photo 2 © Restaurant Dalmatino
Photos 4-7 © Restaurant Konavoski Dvori
Photos 8-18 © Konavle Tourist Board