The most beautiful jewel of Croatian cultural heritage
The most beautiful jewel of Croatian cultural heritage, the Old City of Dubrovnik, is situated in the extreme south of the sunniest tourist region of Dalmatia – the Dubrovnik area. The region is made up of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which stretches across the coastline. This is where Dubrovnik is the most important, but by no means the only cultural pearl. There is the home of Marco Polo, on the island of Korčula, the green islands of Mljet, Lastovo and Elafiti and their picturesque villages, the Pelješac peninsula with its vineyards and captain's homes, the magic valley of Konavle, and the fertile delta of the Neretva river. The Dubrovnik area also had a special historical development from the 13th to the 18th century, when Croatian culture and art particularly flourished. It peaked in the 16th century, during which time the famous Dubrovnik Republic was most powerful.