Royal Marine Villas : Sightseeing

Sightseeing

South Dalmatia

South Dalmatia, comprising Dubrovnik & Neretva County, is separated from the rest of Croatia by a 4 km long stretch of Bosnian coast around Neum.Although there are border check points across the gap there are no restrictions of passage, so for all intense and purposes South Dalmatia appears joined to Central Dalmatia. The capital is Dubrovnik, a onetime independent principality.

Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful towns in Europe, is surrounded by ramparts that were first built in the 16th century, with churches, palaces, monuments, monasteries and museums that could take a year to discover. But Dubrovnik is far from being a museum city. Inside the old towns ramparts about 5000 people have their homes.

The old town is a labyrinth of streets paved with white flagstones, which, over hundreds of years, have been polished to a shine by people’s feet. Long narrow allies with hundreds of steps climbing down from the ramparts, with bars, shops and galleries on either side. Its also a world forbidden to cars. Quite ample parking is provided outside the ramparts but in summer it is advised to park further away to avoid disappointment.

South Dalmatia, particularly the Peljesac Peninsula, is a good vine growing region with more & more of their wines becoming world renowned. The region also produces a sizable quota of Croatia’s oranges, figs & olives, and in the north of the province it is very common to see these produce for sale by the side of the road.

There are few beaches at Dubrovnik itself, mainly large flat rocks large enough to lie and sunbath on. Away from the centre, in the north quarter of Babin Kuk, there are beaches of fine shingle where one can bathe. The small Island of Lokrum, 2 km2 and 15 minutes by ferry from Dubrovnik, has lots of areas for bathing and has a beach reserved for nudists on the west side of the island. Before or after bathing you can take a walk in the exuberant vegetation on the way to the Royal Fort, a souvenir of the French occupation by the army of Napoleon. Mlini about 12 km south ofDubrovnik on the road to Cavtat, is a lovely small coastal town set at the foot of mount Spilan with pretty old houses flanking the hills surrounded and shaded by cypress trees. Here one finds beaches of fine shingle and one of sand, and, of course, the climate is Mediterranean with subtropical plants, palm trees and cactus.

Island Brac

Island Brac, the largest island of the central Dalmatiangroup of islands, the third largest among the Adriaticislands; area 394.57 sq km; population 13,824. It is separated from the mainland by the Brac Channel, from the island of Solta by the so-called Splitska Vrata (Split Gate) and from the Island of Hvar by the Hvar Channel.
The highest peak of the island, Vidova Gora (Vitus’ Mount) (778 m), is also the highest peak of all Croatian islands.
The limestone part of the coast is rocky and steep, while the rest is rather low and sandy (on the southern side from Farska to Bol, and on the northern side from Sutivan to Supetar).
The island landscape is dominated by a karst limestone relief, with numerous gullies, crevices, cavities, round valleys and coves. Milder forms of the relief, with brown Primorje soils (the most fertile on the island), are found mostly in the interior (especially between Lozisca and Nerezisca, as well as between SelcaNovo Selo and Sumartin).

Composed primarily of limestone and dolomite, the quarries of the island of Brac have been a source of stone for building decorative stonework for centuries. The old Romans have known its quality and used this very stone to build cities, amphitheaters, temples, palaces and graves all over Dalmatia.

There are no surface water streams on the island. Permanent water sources are provided only around Bol. Higher parts of the island (above 400 m) are at some places covered with black and Aleppo pine forests; larger or smaller forests of Aleppo pine are found around all coastal towns and villages; dominant are dense evergreen underbrush (macchia) and rocky ground.
 The largest places are Pucisca and Supetar. Major farming products are olive oil, wine and fruit (sour cherries and almonds); chief occupations include also livestock breeding and fishing. Fish canneries are located in Postira and Milna.
Major quarries, where the famous Brac building stone is excavated, are located near PuciscaSelcaPostira,Splitska and Donji Humac (this kind of building stone was used in the construction of the White House in Washington and the Palace of Diocletian in Split).

A road network has been constructed throughout the island; ferry lines Split – Supetar, Makarska – Sumartinship lines with Supetar and BolAirport ‘Brac’ (for smaller aircraft) is located above Bol.

We invite you to explore this unique island that offers everything one needs for an unforgettable holiday in an unspoiled natural enviroment.

Rich cultural and historic heritage that dates back to pre-historic times, unique gastronomy, beautifulbeaches and bays, crystal blue sea, high qualityaccommodation in private facilities and the hospitality of the local people are the guarantees of a holiday you will always remember.