Trsteno is a village that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. You can take a 20-minute bus ride from the Dubrovnik coastland to reach here. This quaint village is famous for the five-century-old Trsteno Arboretum.
In the 15th century, the noble Gučetić family asked the city’s sailors to bring back seeds and plants from their voyages. The garden has been continuously nurtured since then to the present day. A 500-year-old Oriental plane tree that reaches 50 meters in height adorns its entrance. The six-acre grounds are alive with 300 different species of exotic plants.
Some of the many points of interest at the Trsteno Arboretum are freshwater aqueduct; an 18th-century fountain adorned with a statue of Neptune surrounded by two nymphs; a pretty goldfish pond; a belvedere pavilion overlooking the sea; and other small islands.
No words can do justice to the untouched and marvellous beauty of this destination. Feast your eyes on the sparkling Great and Small Lakes. They are connected to the open sea via a narrow channel. In the middle of the Great Lake stands the Isle of St Mary, where the 12th-century Benedictine Monastery of St Mary can be found.
The Mljet National Park is situated in the western part of the Mljet Island. The park is an hour’s boat-ride from the Gruž harbour of Dubrovnik. During the tourist season, a hydrofoil operates between Dubrovnik and Polače, a village on the Mljet Island. From here, you can reach the national park via minibus.
For trail enthusiasts, we recommend a pleasant walk along the wooded paths by the lake. This promises an enchanting experience in the lap of Mother Nature.
The Island of Lokrum is a ten-minute boat ride from the Old City port. It enjoys pleasant weather and is a special forest vegetation reserve. The transport to and from the island is organised by the Dubrovnik Town Port.
A walk to the highest point of Lokrum will lead you to the star-shaped Fort Royal, built by the French in 1806. This spot offers a stunning view of Cavtat, a charming town on the Adriatic Sea.
The island also offers a well-maintained and curated botanical garden. This is home to an astounding collection of eucalyptuses and cacti. The remains of a basilica; a monastery; and the summer residence of Maximilian von Habsburg, archduke of Austria and emperor of Mexico, can also be found here.
You can amble through spectacular woods of holm-oak, flowering ash, Aleppo pine and old olive here. These beautiful woods have been thriving ever since the Benedictines were caretakers of the garden and the island.
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