|An insider's guide to little-known places to go and things to see in Dubrovnik|
KONAVLI, WATERFALLS' AND WATERMILLS' KINGDOM
This area could be called "The Golden Valley" of Dubrovnik. The queen of this area is water, omnipresent in every hole under the ground and in its full glory in the shape of waterfalls, man-made watermills and narrow streams creating small canals throughout Konavli. And these canals actually gave the name to the valley.
Konavli is about 15-20 minutes distant from the Old Town and it can be reached by bus or a car. Konavli has no hotels and probably a very few houses with private accomodation. It is a little place with small number of residents, but it has its own post-office and a bank, some shops, regular bus connection to Dubrovnik and of course its most valuable treasure, the fertile ground.
Walking among the fields of orange, lemon, almond, carob, rose hip, olive and grape vine touches the part in you that guards the respect towards the Mother Earth. The road between the fields leads to the little coffee place under the old style stone bridge. Ducks will give you a nice welcome as soon as you decide to take rest and have a drink there.
The road goes further connecting other parts of the valley showing interesting details about the life of the residents today and how they preserved the lifestyle of their great-grandparents. You will finally end up on a very beautiful part of Konavli painted by nature with much affection. Here you will pass another cute little place with drinks and chairs to sit and will finally start to witness the power of water...
The sound of waterfalls will increase while going along wooden and and stone pathways among thick trees creating an atmosphere of a magical forest. The finnish point is a restaurant Konavoski Dvori, unavoidable place for anyone who comes to explore Dubrovnik and its secrets. This is the focal point of waterfalls and watermills, a part of authentic offer of Konavoski Dvori along with domestic food and service. And it is a perfect place to end the tour around Konavli.