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Dubrovnik

You’ve heard it all. Pearl of the Adriatic, Lord Byron’s paradise, UNESCO protected fortress city that cherished democracy and liberty among all else… Dubrovnik is definitely one of the most famous tourist spots in Croatia.
We are sure you know a lot about it and can find out a lot about it from all over the internet, but if you are going to stay in Villa Paulina, you will get a chance to see some of the things people usually don’t see while in Dubrovnik.

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Island of Lokrum

is a 15 minutes taxi boat ride from the Old Town. The perfect place for naturism, with its secluded little coves shaded by pines and cooled by a constant breeze. Enjoy. In the centre of the island there is a crystal-clear salt lake and the ruins of a Benedictine monastery and Fort Royal.

Paulina’s garden of spices

If you ever get to stay at Villa Paulina, you will just love the garden. Full of spices and flowers it emanates a specific scent around the house, so we’re writing this post to help you pick the right ones to season your food or freshen up your room. Oh, bear in mind that picking a handful of aromatic herbs is not forbidden in Croatia, but if you intend to pull it out with roots and plant it back home you might get shouted at, as a lot of illegal pickers stripped the coast naked of immortelle (we call it smee-le around here).

Banje Beach

is a beautiful white pebble beach just of the Ploče Gate. Yes, that is almost in the Old Town. Perfect for a quick dip after the city tour. Great for kids, has showers and you can rent deckchairs and loungers while there.

Trsteno Arboretum

A 500-year-old Gothic-Renaissance park with a 15th-century summer villa and Baroque fountain fed from a 70-metre aqueduct, decorated with figures of Neptune and nymphs is only 3 kilometers away from the Old Town.

Mljet national park

is hiding a monastery on a tiny island in the middle of a brackish water lake. Great for bike rides, walks, fishing and everything in between. Just do not buy home made liqueurs sold by old ladies at the side of the road. Why? Well, what do you think happened to Ulysses, why did St. Paul the Apostle shipwreck here, not to mention Romans or Illyrians...

Buža

is not so much a beach, as a hole in the wall where you can nip for a dip while exploring the Old Town. You are sure to see it of the top of the walls, while doing the rounds. It has “Private my ass” written all over the rocks where you will soak up the rays and dry.

Lapad beach

is all shingle wih a lot of shallows overseen by lifeguards, which makes them perfect for families with kids. There are play areas and tennis courts nearby. Should you care for nude sunbathing, rocks beside Pucića promenade await your body.

Sveti Jakov

a beach were sun will keep you warm until late in the evening. View of the Old Town bathing in gold of its rays as it sets is out of this world. Bring a camera. Really.

Island of Korčula

is easily reachable by ferry and famous for its sword dance, Moreška, a mock battle over the fate of a veiled young woman. There are other great things, special local wines (Grk) and winemakers...take our word for it. Well worth the visit.

Ston

is known for its oysters, first farmed here by Romans. (be warned, they taste best when the water is cold, so summer might not be perfect) No worries, there are plenty of other kinds of shellfish served fresh from the sea.

Elaphiti islands

are just a short boat ride from the Old Town, are full of pristine beaches, like Šunj on the island of Lopud, covered in fine, white sand. For extreme silence try the island of Koločep.

Copacabana beach

is part pebble, part gravel and all fun with parachute boat rides, water chutes, canoes, jet skis, pedalos and banana rides for rent. Naturists should follow a path down to a Cava beach.

Pelješac

is a 65 kilometers long peninsula and Croatian wine country. Most of the strong, dry Dalmatian reds worth trying originate from the region. Winemakers of note are Frane Miloš, Mare Bura and Korta Katarina.