Dalmatia from Dubrovnik
By Viator, August 2010
But those maritime walls which for centuries repelled invaders shouldn’t keep you in. Not for your entire stay anyway, and not when you have the rest of the Dalmatian region on your doorstep, with its stunning coastline, fascinating islands and rugged hinterland. The sights, sounds and – just as important – tastes of Dalmatia await.
The area is dotted with charming towns and villages and not surprisingly, seafood forms a large part of both the economic activity and diet of the region, with the harvest of the local seas prized by customers as far away as Japan. There is also a pronounced Italian influence in the cuisine, though whatever the cooking method, freshness is paramount.
Head out for a day and visit such historic destinations as Orasac, where you’ll see olive oil produced by horse-driven mill and taste local artisanal goods. There are more historic reminders at the next destination: Ston. Although small, this village on the Peljesac peninsula boasts defensive city walls even more extensive than Dubrovnik’s. And with a reputation as a major oyster-producing center, the seafood platter here is sure to please.
While the Peljesac peninsula doesn’t support much in the way of agriculture, year-round sunshine is perfect for grape-growing, and the region has supported a thriving wine culture since the ancient Greeks held sway. Production is still kept at modest levels, and you’ll get a chance to taste lovingly cultivated wines in a traditional cellar before heading back to Dubrovnik.
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