South Dalmatia, Croatia

By | November 25, 2022

South Dalmatia is a land of mountains and islands, one of the most popular resort regions in Croatia. This region is famous for its rocky beaches with clear waters, the city of Dubrovnik is located here – one of the most historically valuable cities in Croatia and a real monument of architecture.

In addition, it is here on the Peljesac peninsula that the best oysters in Dalmatia are grown, the most famous Croatian wines – Dingach, Postup and Malvasia – are produced, and delicious cheese is made.

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The oldest synagogue in Europe has been preserved in South Dalmatia.

How to get to South Dalmatia

The only airport in South Dalmatia is located in Dubrovnik. There is a direct flight from Moscow to Dubrovnik. From Split and Zagreb you can fly here by Croatian Airlines.

You can get there by train only through Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it is long, inconvenient and expensive: for example, a train ticket from Zagreb to Dubrovnik will cost more than a flight – from 55 EUR one way. Prices on the page are for July 2021.

Cuisine and restaurants of South Dalmatia

The basis of the local cuisine is seafood and dishes from lamb and lamb, and its “trick” is oysters from the bay near the city of Ston and eels from the Neretva River. South Dalmatia is also famous for its wines from the Peljesac peninsula. Lunch at a restaurant on average will cost about 20 EUR per person.

Districts of South Dalmatia

Dubrovnik is the capital of the region, an ancient city with a rich history and the most famous tourist center in Croatia. It got its name because of the oak forests that grow here. Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th century, so many medieval sights have been preserved here – in particular, the Old Town is still surrounded by an ancient fortress wall with towers.

In South Dalmatia, there are mainly pebble and rocky beaches, and in resort towns there are concrete platforms, with the exception of the islands in the Dubrovnik area. So this region is not very suitable for a beach holiday with children; athletes and lovers of active pastime will like it more here.

Cavtat is also a very ancient city and a popular tourist center. True, despite the many tourists, the local population managed to maintain their traditional patriarchal way of life and even still wears national clothes. People come to Cavtat for the sake of the beaches: they are sandy and pebbly here with a quite comfortable entrance to the sea. The same beaches can be seen in Mlini and Plata. These are small cozy coastal towns with small pebble beaches, and in Plata there is even one nudist one.

Kolocep, Korcula and Mljet are islands near Dubrovnik. Kolocep is considered one of the best resorts, as there is no road transport, there is a lot of greenery, and therefore the air is especially clean. The island of Korcula is one of the largest in Croatia. There are very beautiful bays with romantic views, excellent waves for surfers, interesting diving, and in the south of the island there is therapeutic mud and a balneological center. The island of Mljet is famous for its national park and dense forests. However, there are also sandy beaches in the bays.

Entertainment and attractions of South Dalmatia

Most of the historical sights are concentrated in Dubrovnik. This city is a monument of the European Renaissance and is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is in Dubrovnik that the oldest synagogue in the Old World is located, and the city wall, built in the 16th century, has been preserved here. and the Franciscan monastery of the 14th century. (though not completely), as well as the cathedral, which houses a very valuable relic – the painting “Ascension” by Titian.

Nightlife is also concentrated in Dubrovnik. The rest of the resorts are more relaxed, although restaurants and bars, of course, are everywhere. The main party place in Dubrovnik is Bourbon Street. It is almost completely filled with bars and discos for every taste: there are Cuban and rock bars, young people prefer Lazareti, and for those who love and know how to dance salsa and bachata, there is a Latino club.

In Cavtat, it is worth visiting the Prince’s Palace and be sure to go to the library of historical documents, as well as the Church of St. Nicholas, the mausoleum of Racic and the monastery of the Virgin Mary. You can combine sightseeing with relaxing on a pebble beach.

All beach resorts have water equipment rentals. The island of Korcula, which is known for its excellent waves, also has surf instructors.

Seafood lovers will be interested in visiting the Pelješac peninsula: see how oysters and mussels are grown, and then taste them in any of the many coastal restaurants.

South Dalmatia, Croatia