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Zaton

Zaton lies a couple of miles to the northwest of Gruz, to the north of Dubrovnik, in a lovely, sheltered, narrow inlet. There’s a small harbour and several places where it is possible to anchor.  After the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik, Zaton is a fine place to stop and relax – the swimming is excellent and there are a number of holiday homes owned by wealthy families form Dubrovnik that overlook the inlet.

Anyone interested in matters horticultural will want to make an excursion to the nearby Renaissance gardens at Trsteno which perch on a hill overlooking the sea. Originally built by Dubrovnik noble Ivan Gucetic in 1502, his summer villa still stands alongside the oldest part of the estate – a typical renaissance garden in which patches of lavender, rosemary, oleander, myrtle and cyclamen are divided by hedges of box into complex geometrical patterns.

In contrast, much of the rest of the gardens are lush and uncontrolled, densely wooded. Overlooking the shore at the north-western end of the gardens is what looks like a ruined palace but is in fact a nineteenth century folly with superb views towards the islands of Lopud and Kolocep. You can descend via a staircase to a rocky beach and tiny harbour that’s perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
 

 

Mooring:

  • Stern-to along the harbour wall if there is room, or anchor north-east or south-east of the harbour, avoiding the rock which lies to the east.  
  • Alternatively, anchor off Stikovica on the eastern side or at the north end of the inlet.

To Do:

  • Visit the Renaissance gardens at Trsteno
  • Swim

Facilities:

  • Restaurant
  • Provisions