Southern Dalmatia, is the smallest and southernmost part of the Croatian coast and covers an area south of the river Neretva, Peljesac peninsula and Dubrovnik area on the southern Croatian coast, where the Bay of Boka Kotorska border with Montenegro.
The main tourist destinations in South Dalmatia are Peljesac peninsula, Dubrovnik, Cavtat and Klek.
Tourist center of southern Dalmatia and Croatian is town Dubrovnik which is under the protection of UNESCO. Dubrovnik is also the residence of Dubrovnik-Neretva county.
Because of Dubrovnik rich history and cultural heritage, an outstanding natural environment and preserved cultural and historical architecture, because of its rich tourism offer is one of the most visited cities on the Adriatic.
The old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by monumental walls, which are 1940 meters long and 25 meters high. In Dubrovnik is the oldest and most famous street Stradun.
On about 20 kilometers from Dubrovnik, is located another famous tourist destination of South Dalmatia – Cavtat.
Clean sea, maintained beaches and a rich offer of private accommodation in villas, houses and accommodation in hotels and campsites makes Cavtat attractive as well as to foreign and domestic tourists.
After the peninsula Istria, Peljesac is the largest peninsula in Adriatic. On peninsula Peljesac grows high quality sort of grapes called Dingac from which is made well known, and award-winning high-quality dry red wine Dingac. Besides wine Peninsula residents are involved with farming shellfish and tourism.
Popular tourist towns on the peninsula are Orebic Perna, Trpanj, Ston, Viganj, Kuciste and Zuljana.
Islands which are located in Southern Dalmatia are:
Island Mljet – The greenest Adriatic island. Because of its outstanding natural beauty, rich flora and fauna, fish and lobster hunting, numerous beaches and many cultural and historical monuments, one third of the island Mljet is declared a national park. Here you can find accommodation in private houses, apartments, rooms, villas and hotels. On Mljet you can enjoy in crystal clear sea waters, swimming, diving, or just relax in the greenery of the island.
Island Korcula – this is the island where the famous traveler Marco Polo is born. Island Korcula has a long tradition in tourism. Due to the conditions natural beauty, and the position of the island, on Korcula is developed so-called Robinson tourism. Known places along the coast of the island are: Korcula, Lumbarda, Vela Luka and Zrnovo, Pupnat, Smokvica and Blato located in the the inland of the island.
Island Lastovo is separated from Island Korcula by the Lastovo canal. Because of its exceptional beauty and preserved plant and animal diversity, Lastovo and its waters were declared a nature park. In the northeastern coast of the island of Lastovo is a series of about 40 uninhabited islets and reefs which are called the Lastovo archipelago.
Elafite Islands (Greek: deer islands) are located in the immediate vicinity of Dubrovnik.
Due to the natural beauty and climate, Elaphite islands are very attractive tourist area. In Elafiti group of islands include: Sipan, which is the largest island in this group of islands and also the most distant from Dubrovnik. On it are are two places: Sipanska Luka and Sudurad which are located in two opposite bays separated only by a field; Island Kolocep (Kalamota) is closest to Dubrovnik and because of its proximity to Dubrovnik is often destination of Dubrovnik inhabitants; Island Lopud, which is located between island Sipan and island Koločep is the most developed island in this archipelago. On this island the most popular sandy beach is a beach Sunj.
The wider surroundings of Dubrovnik is abundant with citrus, special charm give numerous plantations of lemon, orange, and a variety of palm trees and agaves.
In southern Dalmatia, you can enjoy in long walks on landscaped beaches or find peace in one of the many bays and islands. For adventure lovers there are Robinson tourism, diving and sailing clubs… Many natural parks, cultural and historical monuments, long sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and an abundance of sports facilities make South Dalmatia an attractive tourist destination.
Accommodation in Dubrovnik can be found in many hotels along the coast, spa centers and camps, as well as in a private houses accommodation in apartments, rooms and villas.