The Trsteno Arboretum is located in the surroundings of Dubrovnik, in the small municipality of Trsteno, and covers an area of 25.5 ha (63 acres). It was established by the end of the fifteenth century as a park and summer residence of the patrician family Gučetić. It has been the property of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1948, when it was donated. The Arboretum reserves a very special place among the old Ragusan, Dalmatian and Mediterranean parks due to its five-century-long continuous development from Gothic-Renaissance, Renaissance-Baroque and Romantic forms to the present. It includes a Gothic-Renaissance park surrounding the fifteenth-century summer residence, which is a monument of garden architecture, and the nineteenth-century neoromantic park at Drvarica. Its collection of exotic and decorative trees and shrubs includes over 300 species and cultivars.
On October 2 and 3, 1991, the Yugoslav Army launched a series of gunboat and air attacks and set the Arboretum ablaze. Most of the Arbore-tum was destroyed by the fire. Fortunately, how-ever, the summer residence and the oldest part of the Arboretum were only partially damaged.
We spent about 45 minutes here and was able to enjoy some of the best views from our entire trip …..
Located on the main highway on the A-8 just past the Radisson Blu Hotel …. be on the lookout for the sign on the left hand side … very easy to miss it … after turning left you must go do a step little hill that goes to the right and then you will see the entrance and parking for the gardens.
I don't know what it is about washing lines, but give me a beautiful setting and I want to photograph them. I think it is the fact that it brings home that this place is a living inhabited place, not a museum. Anyway, there were plenty of geat washing lines in the old town.
We walked here from Gruz. It is just on the other side of the bay. On route we passed some vehicles used in the war. We also had a look at the beach area and had a swim.It was not great for swimming as there were too many boats, so we could not go out far and the water was not as clean as the other places we swam.There are good views of the bridge from here. Many hotels are here. The restaurants we passed here were noticeably more expensive than in Gruz.
Our hotel was in Gruz. We were quite happy with this area for a number of reasons. 1/ It was close to the bus station and we arrived by bus from Mostar. 2/ It was close to the port and if we had had longer, we could have easily sailed off to an island. 3/ It was easy to get to the old town by bus 1A or 1B. 4/ There were several good restaurants here. 5/ Gruz has a lovely little church and a pretty harbour. 6/ Gruz has several supermarkets and bakeries.
Lazareti (The Lazarettos) is a large and very well preserved building situated in region of Ploce close to the sea. Its purpose was to put in quarantine foreign sailors, travellers and merchants in order to prevent the spread of contagious disease and a possible epidemic. The Lazarettos were were built from late 16th to the 18th century. The location is at a suitable position along the road where caravans from the Turkish hinterland came down. The building is composed of several parallel longitudinal rooms which one enters from the courtyard.
Maybe it is less known but quarantine was first time ever practiced in the Republic of Dubrovnik, at the same time other European cities had more drastical solutions.
The Pomena Bay and the hotel Odisej offers spectacular view in the twilight. It is the time of the day when the small port become very bussy place. Many boats and yachts enters in a bay to spend the night in well protected harbour. It's almost funny watching yacht holders who showing up between each others, whos boat is bigger and more luxury or which boat is hosting more attractive girls.
The islet of St. Mary is situated in the middle of the Big Lake, inside the National Park, and it is its the most attractive place in whole of Mljet. There is a beautiful Benedictine monastery, on the islet, built by monks of the Appian order from the Mount of Gargano in Appulia, Italy. The marked walking paths lead you you all around the islet, offering stunning views and undisturbed silince. This monks had good eye to pick up the real beauty and make it own property. Some of the most attractive resorts on the Adriatic belonging to various orders of monks.
Pomena is one of the few villages on island of Mljet, situated in its most southern part. Hotel Odisej is the only hotel resort on the entire island, which offers standard type of accomodation and very good restaurant. I've spend two weeks here enjoying in completely relaxed atmosphere.
It could be a bit boring though, especially for the youngsters, no discoteque or any other place with music. I couldn't find any playground for the sports games on enire island, not even for the football. On the other hand, trim paths for the joggers are almost perfect.
tel. 00385/20/744022, fax 744042
The admission into the National Park is about 8 Euros for day-trip visitors, including all boat transfers inside the park.
It is exclusevely free, all the times, for those who are guests of hotel Odisej. Some tourists prefer bathing in the lakes probably due to a fact that the temperature of the water is higher then the temperature of the sea-water.
If one is passionate photographer and goes for one day trip to some beautiful place he/she prays God for a nice sunny day. That's exactly what I did, took plane from Zagreb to Dubrovnik in order to take pics only. I was in Dubrovnik, several times before, but have lost all my previously made pics.
It was nice sunny day in my hometown and I was hoping to find the same weather conditions in Dubrovnik too, but wasn't that lucky. There was stormy on my way especially after passing the town of Split. Dubrovnik was covered by the heavy rainy clouds and almost invisible, bad luck indeed. However, it wasn't total disaster at the end, I had some short periods with sun too.
WE did not stop there, and it was a distance from the highway, but it looked like an interesting place you could enjoy. Dubrovnik built a wall for defense of this area; about 40 kilometers north of the town back in 1333. It was to protect Dubrovnik salt deposits, which were valuable trade for them. It also was to keep out intruders from raids against the main town. It was the 2nd longest wall built in that time-behind the Great wall of course. Most people living around the area relied on the salt revenue, and Dubrovnik was a very large trader of goods in the central Europe continent. It had the 2nd largest fleet of ships back in 15th-16th centuries.
Amazing is the first word spoken when sighting the bridge. Then a stream of words flow out, beautiful, unbelievable, expansive, modern wonder, and in this area so near an ancient walled city. But, there it stood.
A tribute to modern man that adds a little punch to the coastline of the Dalmatian Islands. Just a little north-west of the town, one of the largest stay cable bridges in Europe, Dr. Franjo Tudjmann Bridge, on the main road to the old town of Dubrovnik. Take a boat ride and see it from the sea for a full view of this modern marvel.
A trip up the coast will reward travellers with spectacular coastal scenery and pretty villages of red roofed buildings and tall bell-towers. Ideally you should hire a car to properly explore the villages and towns along the coast towards the town of Ston. However from buses along the coast you can still admire the stunning views from the bus as it curves and twists its way through the coastal mountains along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic. Some of the villages you pass on the way, are disgustingly beautiful...if you know what I mean ;)...my disgust stemming from the fact that I was stuck on a bus and not wandering around these gorgeous little sea-side villages on foot. If I was going...or should I say...when I go back I will definitely be hiring a car to explore the Dalmatian coast more freely.
The small inlet, over which the Franjo Tudman bridge crosses, is known as Rijeka Dubrovacka with the surrounding Dubrovnik suburd of Mokosica. Not many visitors make to trip out to this area and to be honest we didn’t either. Our bus from Mostar passed along the bay and it caught my attention due to the small quaint looking bayside towns, villages and churches on the water’s edge all backed by high limestone hills. A little research told me that the area was a favourite retreat for Dubrovnik’s nobles who built summer residences here. Several of the villas are still located here, including the Sorkocevic Palace, but due to our time restraints we didn’t feel it would be worth the trip out here. If we had more time, it would have been nice to hop on a public bus out to the area to investigate this out of the way little part of Dubrovnik.
You can take buses 1A and 1B out to this area
For a lot of visitors coming to Dubrovnik from northern Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, their first sight of Dubrovnik is the modern Franjo Tudman Bridge. Opened in 2002, this bridge attracted a lot of controversy during its planning, with some fearing that the huge bridge would impact negatively on the natural beauty of Dubrovnik’s surrounding coastal landscape. I have to say that to me, the bridge is a very impressive piece of modern architecture and only serves to bridge (if you’ll excuse the pun) the gap between ancient Dubrovnik and new Dubrovnik. The bridge isn’t located anywhere near the Old Town of Dubrovnik, but to the west in the newer Gruz area of the modern city, so there is no danger of it having any aesthetic effect on Dubrovnik’s Old Town charm. Crossing the 480 metre suspension bridge before entering the city, you get fantastic views over the Rijeka Dubrovacko and out across the Adriatic towards the Elaphiti Islands.
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