Often referred to as the island of love, this island is a quick ferry ride from Dubronik’s port, located just 600 meters off the coast. A Benedictine monastery and abbey were found on the island when it was first mentioned in 1023. The island is full of trees and if you are feeling adventurous and want to walk to the top fortress that overlooks to Dubrovnik’s old city, you can also enjoy a stroll through the Botanical Gardens. Today the island is a nature reserve and is very protected, but you can still swim in and around the small pools within the rocks and in the sea surrounding. It is a great place to spend the day, café bars are on the island so find the perfect rock and enjoy the sights and sounds that surround you!
This southern region of Croatia is one of the most prized when it comes to tradition. The national costume for this area is extremely recognized for its embroidery. In front of the cathedral in Čilipi, you can listen to the local folklore music, tour the museum of the national costume and even purchase or watch the making of this unique and colorful embroidery.
The island of Korcula is a must see if you are visiting the region of Dubrovnik. This is where the one and only Marco Polo was “supposedly” born. The main town of Korcula has a population of about 3,000 and is just a quick ferry ride from the Peljesac Channel. St. Mark’s dominates the beautiful walled city with its Gothic-Renaissance style. You can also visit Marco Polo’s alleged birthplace, which is under protection and will soon become the Museum of Marco Polo. In honor of this tourist tribute that the town holds, you must stop by a pastry shop to try the famous Marco Polo cake! It was by far the best dessert I have ever had- and some might refer to it as a “bomb” cake because it looks like a chocolate bomb.