You really feel like you’ve travelled back in time when you visit Orasac, a low-key Croatian village just up the coast from Dubrovnik. In the shrubland of the Dubrovacko Primorje region, this cluster of terracotta-roofed cottages is surrounded by hills draped in olive groves and the sparklingly clear Adriatic Sea, with the pine-coated Elafiti Islands visible in the distance. It’s a truly idyllic spot.
Orasac holidays are all about breathtaking scenery, with gorgeous sea views and rugged, hidden bays where you can discover perfect seclusion. The area is also known for its rural tourism: there’s a patchwork of family farms where you can buy straight-from-the-vineyard wine, and you can sit down to enjoy roasted squid cooked outdoors at one of the ramshackle ‘konobas’ (traditional restaurants) dotted around the village. Superlative beaches, natural beauty and excellent local gastronomy – holidays to Orasac have it all.
Sample the seafood
You might spot a few fishing boats bopping along Orasac Bay, which means you’re guaranteed some of the freshest fish and seafood you could possibly eat.
Visit Trsteno Arboretum
A filming location for the mega-popular HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’, Trsteno Arboretum is a Renaissance-era garden overflowing with rare and exotic plants and flowers.
Reach for the beach
Surrounded by the shimmering Adriatic Sea, the beaches and bays around Orasac are perfect for both swimming and snorkelling – so bring your swimwear and dive right in.