Slivno

Slivno was named after a similar peninsula which is on its northern and eastern sides immersed into the Neretva swamp, on its north-western side it is surrounded by tangerine plantations and on the southern and south-western sides it is surrounded by the sea. Working on it patiently for millennia, the sea, the sun and winds have created beautiful bays and beaches. The weak tourist promotion of this part of Croatian south has made it ideal for tourists who want a holiday without a big crowd. Mainly refering to either boat owners who search for small secluded coves or sport-fishing amateurs delighted by the rich fauna at the River Neretva mouth which is also known for the mixture of salt and fresh water.

Neretva valley – In ancient times the whole valley of the Neretva River up to the present borders of Croatia and Bosnia used to be under the sea. Since the greater part of the valley was meliorated, today, instead of the sea or wetlands, what you can see there are plantations of tangerine, vine, citrus olive and fig trees. The Lower Neretva area is characterized by diverse relief with many picturesque landscapes. What makes this nature so attractive is the mesh of river and sea, plains and rocks, lakes and swamps. Former wetland was replaced by a cascade landscape, becoming the most valuable agricultural part of the Slivno municipality . Along the edge of the hill there are still some round sources which, due to their first-class aesthetic value, draw attention of many passers-by.

Today in the Slivno municipality there are remains of cities and other various settlements, forts, towers, sacred objects, as well as some protected architecture. They are all part of the cultural heritage of the area. Since the culture and tourism have become inseparable, all the Neretva monuments have certain touristic value. Despite the scientifically-based fact that the Slivno municipality has a long settlement tradition no archaeological sites have been systematically studied. Therefore, the prehistoric monuments are poorly known and still no such site has been registered as a protected monument. Tombstones are the most numerous and the most widespread medieval monuments in the entire Slivno municipality. South of Opuzen, on a hill, there are some remains of fortifications Brstanik which along with Nonković tower from the 17th century in Klek draws great tourists attention.

Over the bay and the resort Klek, on a steep hill, there are the ruins of Smrdan city. Along the southern ramparts you can see the Church of St Rocco and the Great Lady from the 18th century. From the top of the fort there is a panoramic view of Klek and a part of the archipelago. In front of the mouth of the Mala Neretva River there is an islet Osinj with the church of St John Baptist on it that, judging by the intermediate features of Romanesque-Gothic style, dates back to 14th -15th century. On the southern edge of the limestone Neretva Delta, which nowadays belongs to the almost-deserted settlement of Slivno called Ravno, a stone Church of St. Stephen was built in the year 1900.

The church of Our Lady of Health in Vlaka is the first consecrated building in the independent Republic of Croatia.
The greatest touristic importance of the municipality Slivno belongs to the coastal settlements. Along the coast from the northwest to the southeast lie the following towns:

Blace village is located near the estuary of Mala Neretva River. Here you will find mostly domicile inhabitants that at this splendid position have started an intensive construction of weekend houses. All accommodation is private.
The next place is Komarna, which is, at least for now, the only tourist resort on the Riviera with the prospect of becoming a significant tourist destination of the weekend and apartment type.

After Komarna, following the beautiful bay of Duboka we come across a village sharing the same name. In the winter and summer months it offers accommodation in private apartments and first category rooms. About 700m away there are small places called Repić and Radalj, connected with a beautiful tranquil bay. The places also provide accommodation for guests in private apartments. Radalj is on its other site connected to a place called Klek. Klek is a picturesque place situated along the main road at the end of the municipality. The tourist resort Klek has some facilities such as a miniature golf course, tennis courts, parks for children and a beautiful beach that stretches through the whole place.

The last bay in the Slivno municipality – Moračna, borders with the other state.

Magnificent-Croatia.com – Petrus Tours is delighted to introduce our guests to the winemakers who are preserving and restoring the ancient traditions of these vines with our directory of the top wineries in Neretva Valley – Slivno. There are four distinctly different wine regions in Croatia, each with different climates, geography and soil. Different varieties are grown in each region.

The southernmost region of Croatia, Dalmatia, is most often recognized as home to Dubrovnik, the iconic UNESCO city whose walls cradle its preserved stone buildings and rows of terraced stairs; a city which evokes an indescribable feeling of wonder that electrifies even the most seasoned world travelers.

DALMATIA – THE KOMARNA APPELLATION

The Komarna winegrowing area began planting its first grapes in the year 2008, while in April 2013 it received its official designation as an appellation. The Komarna winegrowing area is located in South Dalmatia in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, on the road from Split to Dubrovnik overlooking the Adriatic Sea. It is a relatively young winegrowing area covering 82 hectares of vineyards planted by seven up and coming producers. 

The soil of this region is skeletal, made up mostly of limestone and very little earth, with an incline of up to 30%, with vineyards positioned from 250m above sea level and continuing all the way down to the sea. The vineyards face south and southwest and, and owing to their unique location all producers are certified by the EU for organic production. The varieties planted in the vineyards contain 92% of indigenous Dalmatian varieties: Plavac Mali, Pošip, Tribidrag, Maraština and Babić, while the rest are international varieties (Syrah, Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Cabernet, Viognier).

There are currently five winemakers in Komarna with their wines on the market (Saints HillsRizmanVolarevićDeak Family Farm  and Terra Madre), while two are waiting for their first wines (Cooperatives Modro-zelena, and Neretvanski Branitelj). Two wineries with tasting rooms, Rizman and Terra Madre, have already been built in the area, and the other wineries should be completed soon. A wine trail connecting all the wineries will follow.

The wineries have established their own association under the name Komarna 7, which aims to control the quality of the wine in the Komarna winegrowing region and promote the common interests of the wineries and development of tourism in this region.

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