Few days back, while in Dubrovnik, we decided to go off the beaten path and see the southernmost point of Croatia. Most travelers in Dubrovnik simply “storm” the Old Town, enjoy the picturesque Cavtat and Konavle but we wanted something different: a place so remote that is rarely visited. Prevlaka met our expectations!
Prevlaka is located over 30 km south of Dubrovnik. There are several signs pointing out to this protected area on the same road people travel to Montenegro. Driving through picturesque Konavle is quite lovely although we had a cloudy and fairly grim day.
The road is currently under construction and it will be a real road by this summer instead of an one line hazardous path as it was so far.
The entrance to the cape Oštro, the southernmost point, is under fence and there is a girl who sells tickets and rents bikes as well as she is providing the information. The tickets are 15 kn per person.
The best way to visit this area, if you are not renting the bikes, is to follow the asphalted path by the sea.
The path is quite lovely and we spotted several types of orchids and, of course, bunch of asparagus! We picked quite a bit of them without even leaving the asphalt!
A small tip, for those who don’t know: asparagus is best preserved in the water, like flowers in the vase. Ours lasted for full three days before getting home and cooking authentic Prevlaka asparagus. Probably illegal to pick anything over there but we saw some locals doing it, too.
The Prevlaka Fortress – or For – is placed at Punta Oštro, at the very end of Prevlaka peninsula. It was built in the mid-19th century (1856–1862), as a part of the fortification system of Bay of Kotor at the time of Austrian Empire. Still visible are the Mamula Island fortification and the fortress on the Montenegro side. By its monumentality and unique structure it presents an exceptional example of military architecture of its time. Today, the fortress is out of use and badly damaged by various destructions during history but most damaging was German attack in 1943. The fortress is clean and in good order but still, use common sense when exploring and don’t go near the edges or close to the badly damaged parts.
After visiting the fortress, one can explore the nearby area with the military complexes from all ages but, since it looked like raining, we decided just to climb the lighthouse. Memories of Yugoslav army are still visible with Tito graffiti!
Prevlaka was a refreshing trip! Nature in combination with amazing historic monument never fails. It would be good if more that come to Dubrovnik know about this place as it is truly amazing.
Dubrovnik area is full of surprises!