EDEN finalist 2016/2017
The rural area of Konavle will seduce you with its uninhibited nature, fertile fields of Dalmatian karst, picturesque places, beautiful beaches and an exceptionally rich cultural heritage. This unusually beautiful area is interspersed with walking, cycling and hacking trails, while taverns and restaurants offer traditional specialties and excellent wine, most notably Malvasija dubrovačka, an indigenous variety from which the first Dubrovnik champagne has been recently made.
Regardless of how you choose to explore Konavle, you will be impressed by the richness of sites and monuments, some of them dating to prehistory. From Illyrian tumuli or gomile and forts, remains of Roman fortifications, a part of the Roman aqueduct above the village Vodovađe, the Mithraeum in Močići and the remains of the villa rustica from Antiquity. The hills of Konavle are dotted with medieval stećci or tombstones at the UNESCO site of the Church of St. Barbara in Dubravka, on the necropolis beside the church of St. Luke in Brotnice, the quarry in Voznik, the Jagnjilo necropolis and the Early Christian Church of St. Demetrius.
Konavle is naturally connected to Dubrovnik, and it was a place of strategic importance during the period of the Republic of Ragusa. From this period we have the Governor's House and Franciscan Monastery in Pridvorje, the watermills on the river Ljuta and the reconstructed fort Sokol Grad in Dunave, from which you have a view of the whole Konavle valley.
Do not forget to visit the Konavle Heritage Museum in Čilipi where you can learn more about the traditions, the way of life and the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the southern part of Croatia, which made Konavle one of the five finalists of the European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) project, for the theme “cultural tourism”.