Trek Notes - Croatia

Walking Holiday in Dubrovnik

Hiking has a very long tradition in Dubrovnik and its mountaineer's society is among the 10 oldest in Europe. Why? Because of entire old country roads and pathways that offer unique experience to hikers. Mediterranean vegetation, breathtaking views over the last group of Adriatic islands-Elaphite, Montenegrin high mountain range, Prevlaka and the gate to bay of Kotor. You will meet friendly local people when visiting the small villages, with Dalmatian stone architecture and enjoy delicious Mediterranean food.
Enroute we visit: small villages, old river mills, typical country taverns

Difficulty level: moderate

Minimum age: 12

Walking Profile
Walks are guided, moderate and anyone of reasonable fitness can participate. The tour begins with easy walking in lower Konavle (flat area) and continues next day on hilly area from about 80 to 300 meters. The altitude is every day higher and the highest is from 700 to 1234 meters (on the mount Snjeznica). Our aim is that everyone feels fit before climbing Sjeznica. Therefore, first days are easier walking in lovely landscape, with small villages, cypress grows and sea view.

Day 1: Granada Arrival, transfer from Dubrovnik airport to Konavle.
Get together dinner with introduction. Short tour to the nearby surrounding, depending on arrival time.
Limestone villages, friendly local people, lush Mediterranean vegetation and pleasant climate of Dubrovnik Countryside give it a special charm.
Day 2: Lower Konavle Mocici-Cilipi, hiking tour on the marked pathway.
Visit the Mytra encarved stone. Our pathway takes us through the picturesque village, dense Mediterranean forest, olive and wine groves. The scene of the lovely village of Konavle with the majestic Mont Snjeznica on one side and cypresses and black pine groves on the seaside is unique.
Day 3: Obod - Velji Do-Strazisce-optional: Jesenice
Today we tour Upper Konavle, hilly region, by old Austrian road that will take us to small village of Velji Do, known for hard working people and delicious home made food. The tour continues to the top of Strazisce, where from one can see three countries: Bosnia, Montenegro and Croatia. The view is breathtaking: sea and the islands on one side and the mountain range with small villages on the other side.
Day 4: Dubrovnik
This day is reserved for the mount Srdj and Dubrovnik. Climb the road with serpentines, enjoying the view over Dubrovnik, its Riviera and the islands. After hiking, visit to Dubrovnik - fascinating medieval city, the Pearl of Adriatic.
Day 5: Upper Konavle
From Mihanici to Kuna on the mountain pathway, visiting the old narrow gauge tunnel and the villages of Mihanici and Kuna.
Day 6: Kuna - Snjeznica
By now, you will be fit and ready for the king of Konavle mountain - Snjeznica (1234 m high). Our minibus will take us to Kuna (700 m) and we depart on an old road to Belvedere, east side of the mountain (900 m high), with fascinating view, the crisp unpolluted air will make you feel great
Day 7: Free day in Dubrovnik
Day 8: Departure, transfer to Dubrovnik airport.

The walks offer breathtaking view over the largest group of Adriatic Islands - Elaphites, Montenegrian high mountain range, countryside region of south Bosnia and Herzegovina. The peaks are: Srdj (415); Strazisce: 700 m, Kuna 700 m Snjeznica 1234 m - above sea level. Departure points are from 100 meters to 700 meters.

Accommodation & Transport
During the tour we stay in small family owned hotel in village of Uskoplje (Konavle region, about 20 km from Dubrovnik). Rooms are large and comfortable, with AC/heating, satellite TV, internet access. Each of the rooms has a private bathroom with hot shower.
All transfers by minivan are included in price.

Hiking shoes, sweater, wind proof and water resistant jacket with hood, long and short-sleeved shirt, T-shirt, comfortable pants.
For Dubrovnik: casual clothes and comfortable shoes.

7 breakfasts, 7 dinners included
Food is Croatian Mediterranean, with lots of fresh garden grown vegetables.

Dubrovnik (Croatia) has a population of 43,770 (2001). The city is a port and one of the most prominent tourist resorts on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia, and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county, positioned at 42.39 N Lat and 18.04E Long. It has the nickname "Pearl of the Adriatic".

The city of Ragusa/Dubrovnik was based on maritime trade, and in the Middle Ages it became the only eastern Adriatic city-state that rivaled Venice. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the Latin/Slavic Ragusa/Dubrovnik achieved a remarkable level of development during the 15th and 16th century.

Dubrovnik was one of the centers of the development of the Croatian language and literature, home to many notable poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars.

Dubrovnik has a unique political and cultural history (the Dubrovnik Republic, the Statute from 1272), The city has a world-famous cultural heritage and beauty (inscribed on the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO). The city is one of the most attractive and famous cities of the Mediterranean. Apart from its outstanding natural beauties and well-preserved cultural and historical heritage, Dubrovnik also offers high-quality visitor opportunities. It is also the city of hotels, of high ecological standards and tourist programs, and is equally attractive in all seasons. Its geographical isolation is compensated by high traffic and communication standards - especially through air traffic and fast hydrofoil boats.

The tourist development of Dubrovnik started before the First World War; quite soon, the exclusiveness of its attractions made Dubrovnik a powerful international tourist centre.
The sightseeing of Dubrovnik and its monuments requires several days. However, already a walk through Stradun, through narrow streets and small squares, monumental ramparts and fortresses, provides enough opportunities to experience the millennial beauty of its shell-shaped urban core, centuries of building, stone-cutting, carving and engraving, the history of the Duke's Palace, libraries, the oldest pharmacy in the south of Europe, etc.
Dubrovnik offers individual choice among numerous museums and galleries, which contain the jewels of Croatian heritage.

Konavle Region- Rural Croatia.
Limestone Villages, friendly local people, lush Mediterranean vegetation and pleasant climate of Dubrovnik Countryside region give it a special charm. The area is known for its delicious food, superb wines and home made brandies.


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