Legends about Marco Polo’s birthplace, kilometers of dry walls protecting the fields, and Ston city walls as the largest ones after the Great Wall of China – this is Southern Dalmatia. Here nature smells like rosemary and pine trees, the air echoes with waves and crickets, and the small towns are colored with dreamy haze.
The best time to visit is from mid-April to mid-October. Longer sunny days bring temperatures ideal for lunch on the patio of some family-run farm. Try octopus under the veil or Ston oysters, and spice up your meal with homemade olive oil. Sweeten everything up with rozata, and let dingac, postup, and posip, the best wines from the sunny slopes of Korcula Island and Peljesac peninsula, complete the experience. If your company is local, a good lunch might be followed by a song sung a capella. Don’t be surprised by a sudden need for a nap afterward – that’s fjaka, time to take a break and relax.
This region’s islands like Korcula, Mljet, and Lastovo are not to be missed. Here you can feel the spirit of the small communities, find grandmas chatting on the bench while catching the cool breeze, and see some mesmerizing sword dances. Your journey further south will end up on the beautiful streets of the old town of Dubrovnik, rounding up a sunny Dalmatian adventure.
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