South Dalmatia stretches from Gradas to the Border to Montenegro, a part of the coastal road passed trough Bosnia and Herzegovina by Neum (the only coastal town in Bosnia). Passing is normally hassle free, although it could be recommend to stay with in the speeding limit, as speed controls are frequent on the 10 km trough Bosnian territory.
The landscape in South Dalmatia, is extremely beautiful, in most parts the fairly high mountains cascade down to the Sea, leaving little space for human interference in terms of cities and infrastructure. The island Korcula and the Peninsula Peljecas are well known places for wine growing.
Most people would connect tourism and South Dalmatia with Dubrovnik, which is no wonder, as the city is worldwide known. But South Dalmatia is more then just Dubrovnik, all the coastal cities as well as the cities on Peljecas and the island has some excellent beaches and many of them also some quite nice hotels, of course they do not have a cultural offer which can match the one in Dubrovnik but in terms of relaxation they are for sure are worthwhile considering as an alternative.
Cities to Visit for a holiday
Orebic is situated on the south-western part of the Pelješac peninsula, directly across Korcula town on Island Korcula; a frequent sailing ferry connects the two cities. The town has been a holiday resort for decades, which is reflected in the diversified which included several campsites and hotels as well as plenty of private apartments.
Lumbarda is located on the south eastern side of Island Korcula, the city is known for its wine fields and the excellent sand beaches in the area. Almost all of the 1200 people living in the city are in some way involved in the tourist business, most of them in relation to accommodation others in the restaurant or excursion business.
Korčula town is also called little Dubrovnik, some believe that the world famous explorer Marco Polo was born here, so he even has his own museum in the town. The old town is situated on a peninsula partly surrounded by fortification. Main parts of the hotels are found in the bay next to the old town, private accommodation is available in all areas of the city.
Dubrovnik is the center of south Dalmatia and the most visited city in Croatia, the fortification, the Dubrovnik walls which surrounds the UNESCO protected old town is a must see for anybody making holiday in this area. The city centre as well as the city part Lapad has lots of hotels, private accommodation are available inside the walls and in all other town parts, the old town accommodation can be a bit pricy but the unique atmosphere justifies the price.
Cavtat is a small town 15 km south of Dubrovnik, the city is an excellent base for a holiday in south Dalmatia, from Cavtat there is excellent connection to Dubrovnik either with bus or boat. The city has accommodation covering the whole range; top spot is the 5 star hotel Croatia.
Mlini is situated 10 Km south east of Dubrovnik, the small city is one of the most picturesque places along the Croatia coast, those who do not manage to spend a relaxing holiday here will have hard time doing it anywhere.
Other cities and info for a holiday in Central Dalmatia
Blato, Brijesta, Brna, Brsećine, Gruda, Koločep, Lovište, Lopud, Molunat, Račišće, Saplunara, Sobra, Šipanska Luka, Zaton Veliki, Viganj
The culinary offer in South Dalmatia especially in Dubrovnik is among the best you can find in Croatia, but absolute top restaurant can be found in the city Ston on the peninsula Pelješac, 60 km north of Dubrovnik.
The areas around Dubrovnik have the highest density of 5 star hotels, and luxury villas in Croatia, here you can find 500 m2 villas with swimming pool and a magnificent view on the Adriatic.