The hinterland of Dubrovnik lures delicious local cuisine, fascinating fields of Neretva and adrenaline rides. Neretva is the only river in this region with a delta at its mouth. The unique landscape and the specific culture have made the Neretva delta an attraction for both Croatian and international tourists. Although the region of Neretva delta has always had an extraordinary biological and ecological importance, it is still relatively insufficiently explored. As a result, a significant proportion of the area has been completely transformed from wetland into agricultural land.
A special charm to the city gives the appearance of a small place, so one could feel the intimacy. If you take a walk in the evening in Opuzen somewhere you’ll hear a song. It is a city of happy people who are always ready for a song and humour.
Metkovic is located near the ancient Roman settlement of Narona (today Vid). Narona was established as a Roman trading post, after Rome’s successful war (Illyrian Wars) with the neighboring Illyrian tribe Daors (ruins of their main city are located near Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina), and successfully grew until the 3rd century AD. Because of that Metkovic established Archeological Museum Narona.
Natural History Musem hiding the Ornithological collection in Metkovic. Ornithological collection is a unique collection of stuffed birds caught exclusively on the delta shores. The collection was opened in Metkovic in 1952 and is one of the biggest collections of that kind in Europe.
Neretva’s boat is boat which has always in history had a crucial traffic-economic role for the inhabitants of the region. It has been the main means of transportation, for centuries. Every year are maintenance amateur race of these traditional boats on The Marathon of Boats. Participants are with boats racing down the Neretva River. The race starts from Metkovic, where starting from the town bridge, up to 22.5 kilometers away goal in Ploce. In the race are involved several teams and around three hundred of best rowers.
Bacina Lakes a pearl of unspoiled nature consist of seven lakes, six of them forming a bluish green necklace. The lakes are located between the Neretva Delta, the sea and the surrounding mountains, in the place of Bacina, close to Ploce. The water in the lakes is brackish, meaning they are connected with the sea.
Bacina Lakes, not far from the traffic route in the Neretva River valley, are another place of beauty which must be visited.
If you want to experience the best of nature, you should go on a photo safari through the Neretva Delta. This truly unique experience allows you to enjoy the rich flora and fauna, particularly rare bird species living here. Price of photo safari is about 200 KN (around 27 EUR).
On the family farm in hosts will welcome you in traditional costumes and offer you the authentic products of the Dalmatian village. So you can enjoy the olives, figs, herbs and vegetables with the local eco-certified.
The most famous specialty of the Mouth of the Neretva is brodetto of eels and frogs. Prawns of the Neretva areas are among the best in the Adriatic. Fertile Neretva valley rich in water is a paradise for agriculture, and from that area to Dubrovnik coast arrive melons, cherries, apricots, peaches and nectarines, oranges and tangerines, and all kinds of vegetables. Neretva river region is also known for waterbirds, which are made according to recipes of hunting cuisine. Gastronomy of Dubrovnik coast is being developed in parallel with the development of tourism, and in any seriously prepared meal you can feels that his source is in the unity of the southern region.