Dalmatia is one of the oldest regional concepts in Croatia. First mentioned in the 8th century BC as the region between the mountains and the river Cetina Promina, inhabited by Illyrian Dalmati breed, which was founded by the Roman Emperor Augustus. Borders of Dalmatia in the past have often changed in certain periods zachvacovali the territories of neighboring countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania). By the end of the first world war Dalmatia function as a separate region of Austria-Hungary, that in later years became part of Yugoslavia after its breakup remained part of independent Croatia.
Today the region of Dalmatia includes the area from the north Velebit mountain range in the south of Croatia Konavle, while seizing the islands adjacent to this area. In terms of tourism Dalmatia is divided into North Dalmatia, Central Dalmatia and South Dalmatia.
The administrative center of South Dalmatia, Dubrovnik, is a city with numerous cultural events. Other well-known centers of tourism are in Cavtat, Orebic on the Peljesac Peninsula and Korcula on the island. The largest Southern Dalmatian islands are islands of Korcula, Lastovo, Mljet and the Elafiti archipelago. Attractive attraction for tourists, digestive holiday in South Dalmatia, Dubrovnik is the city itself on the list of World Heritage of Unesco, untouched nature Mljet National Park, Ston wall, valley and estuary of the river Neretva, and excellent wine of the Peljesac peninsula. South Dalmatia advantage is the proximity of Montenegro with beautiful sandy beaches.
Tourist information about South Dalmatia
- Accommodation in Southern Dalmatia: private accommodation, hotels, luxury villa, pets welcome, accommodation at the beach, family holidays, agrotourism
- Important tourist centers of South Dalmatia Dubrovnik, Cavtat, Korcula (Island Korcula), Ston, Orebic and Viganj (all on the peninsula of Peljesac)
- Significant cultural heritage of South Dalmatia: Historical center of a fortification system Dubrovnik defense towers and fortresses Revelin, Bokar and Lovrijenac, the Ducal Palace, Sponza Palace, the baroque Church. Blaise, a Franciscan monastery with the oldest pharmacy in Europe, city bell tower with metal sculptures – “Zelenci” (all in Dubrovnik), a Benedictine monastery on the island of Lokrum, Imperial fortress on the hill Srd hill, Racic Mausoleum in Cavtat, the strength of family Stjepović-Skočibuha Island Sipan, Gothic and Renaissance Ducal Palace in Lopud, fortress town of Korcula, St. Paul’s Cathedral. Mark and abbots Renaissance Palace in Korcula, the Franciscan Monastery on the islet Badija, Church of Our Lady of the Snows in Pupnat on Korcula, Lastovo historic center – a cultural monument, village Lastovo Lucic – protected monument site, Benedictine monastery and the church of the Virgin Mary on the island of Mljet, remains of a Roman The settlement palace Melitae in place poles on the island of Mljet, Ston wall, a Franciscan monastery and the church Delorita in place Kuna Pelješka
- Natural Attractions South Dalmatia National Park Mljet with island Sveta Marija as big and Small lake, cliffs Konavoski stijene, Nature Park Lastovo Islands, botanical park on the island of Lokrum, garden Perivoj Đorđić-Mayneri in Lopud with a collection of plants from all over the world, the Blue Grotto Koločep island, ornithological reserve on the island of Sv. Andrija, Europe’s longest avenue of lime in place Blato, Odyseova stalactite cave on Mljet, small lakes Blatine with standing water on Mljet, hills Vol. Ilja over Orebic and the village of Sveti Ivan Žuljana, cave Spila and Gudnja Peljesac, healing mud in a bay Istruga on the island of Korcula, Vela Cave spila and Samograd on skates
- Other attractions South Dalmatia: Dubrovnik Aquarium, lift the top of the Srd hill above Dubrovnik, Trsteno Arboretum, lighthouses Grebeni, Susac, Palagruza and Struga region, Konavlje (rural tourism, folklore, wine routes), art pavilion Your Black Horizon on Lopud, Birthplace Marco Polo in Korcula, Ston Saltworks with the traditional way of collecting salt, kennel Ston oysters and mussels, educational Napoleon’s trail on the Peljesac peninsula
- Major events South Dalmatia: Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Dubrovnik Film Meeting, Libertas Film Festival, Celebration Vol. Blaise, chamber music festival “Julian Rachlin and Friends” (all in Dubrovnik), Festival of classical and jazz music in Cavtat, film Summer School on the island of Sipan, Korcula summer with the introduction of knight’s sword dance games, International festival of song and wine Marco Polo in Korcula, Carnival “Lastovski treasure”, the International Jazz and Blues Festival “Lastovo – island music”, Mljet Summer of Culture on the island of Sveta Marija, Orebićské summer, summer Ston, Ston Wall Marathon, International Festival “Film Food Kinookus” in Stone
- Dalmatian cuisine specialties: Dalmatian “pasticada”, Dubrovnik “rožata”, Rolls octopus, Korcula “cukaroni”, Ston oysters and mussels, fried fish roe “butarda” Ston cake of macaroni, freshly caught lobsters, crawfish and shrimp from the sea near Elafiti archipelago, Lastovo crawfish and specialties from fresh fish, octopus, lamb and young goat “under the bell” shells “Buzara”, fried squid, smoked squid, sea fennel salad, fruits and specialties of freshwater fish from the Neretva river valley, eel specialties of lakes Blatine on Mljet, white wine sort Pošip, GRK, and Marastina Rukatac area Cara, Smokvica, Blato and Lumbarda, red wine Plavac and admiral of Korcula, the Peljesac peninsula wine – Buoyant had a Dingač of pelješských areas Dingač, Procedure and Potomje, dessert wine prosecco, rose liqueur, marmalade bitter oranges from Duli or the arbutus