South of Dubrovnik between the Adriatic Sea and Sniježnica mountain, Konavle Valley is a pastoral dreamland dotted with vineyards, farms, and traditional hamlets. Though just a short drive from Dubrovnik Old Town, the valley feels a world away with its peaceful rural character and strong folkloric traditions.
Konavle Valley is a popular day-trip destination for those who want to escape the tourist-oriented resorts of the Dalmatian coast and get a feel for rural life in Croatia. A popular starting point for tours and the largest settlement in the valley is Cavtat, a seaside resort packed with historical attractions.
Many tours of Konavle Valley focus on traditional Croatian culture and make stops at small villages such as Čilipi, where visitors can observe traditional dances and folk music performances and learn about local crafts, such as embroidery. More-active travelers may want to take part in a hiking tour of the valley, perhaps ascending Sniježnica mountain, while hungry travelers will enjoy wine-and-food tours, which usually include tasting sessions at Konavle Valley wineries.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Konavle Valley is a must for those want to escape the bustle of Dubrovnik.
- If you want indulge in wine tastings, go as part of a tour. That way, you won’t have to worry about traveling between wineries.
- If you plan on hiking, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen and water.
How to Get There
Konavle Valley stretches south from Cavtat all the way to the Croatia–Montenegro border. Driving from Dubrovnik, you can be in the valley in just 30 minutes via the D8 road, but reaching the southern parts of the valley, such as the coastal village of Molunat, may take closer to an hour. If you don’t have a car, it’s best to go with an organized tour.
When to Get There
Tourism in Konavle Valley follows the same pattern as that of Dubrovnik, with the hottest weather and highest number of visitors between June and August. The valley is, however, much quieter than Dubrovnik. Even in peak season, it’s unlikely you’ll encounter crowds.
Wines of Konavle Valley
Dotted with small-scale and family-run wineries, Konavle Valley is fast establishing itself as one of Croatia’s top wine-producing regions. The valley’s signature wine is Dubrovnik malvasia, a full-bodied white, though red varietals including merlot and plavac mali are also produced here.