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Visiting Arboretum Trsteno in Croatia a garden with a view!

Visiting Arboretum Trsteno in Croatia a garden with a view!


When doing research for our trip to Dubrovnik when I came across a beautiful picture taken from the coast towards the  Adriatic. The picture featured a view of the Adriatic framed by a pavilion (a familiar pavilion it turned out as it was used in some scenes in Game of Thrones!) I had to find out where that was!  After a bit of digging I found out that the picture had been taken in Arboretum Trsteno  just outside Dubrovnik.

As it isn’t too far from Dubrovnik I realised it could be a possible excursion for a morning if we had time. However rather than catching a bus we managed to tag our visit to Trsteno onto the end of our day in Bosnia Herzegovina as we had to pass it on the way back! Result as visiting Arboretum Trsteno was something I had really wanted to do!

What is there to see at if you are visiting Arboretum Trsteno?

The arboretum was established in 1948 and features an historical renaissance garden and villa which were created in 1494 by Ivan Marinov Gucetic-Gozze, an historical neo-romantic garden from the 19th/20th centuries, an historical olive grove as well as natural vegetation native to Croatia.

path-to-the-villa at arboretum Trsteno

An 70 metre long aqueduct with 14 arches fed water to the fountain in the garden.  The luxurious Baroque Neptune statue as we see it today was reshaped in 1736 from the original.

During the Croatian war of independence the house and gardens suffered severe damage. Further damage was caused in 2000 when a forest fire swept through the area.

I will let the gardens speak for themselves. We enjoyed our visit to the arboretum though be aware that comments are very mixed on some review sites. We found it a very peaceful place to visit if you want a break from the city. As I mentioned the gardens also feature  in some episodes of Game of Thrones (like rather a lot of Croatia!!) and some of it will be familiar if you are a fan of the show.

The most spectacular water and light shows in the world

entrance to the gardens

path to the gardens

Lots of welcome shade!

the gardens at Trsteno

the gardens

the bougainvillea was stunning

the bougainvillea was stunning


the villa – the original Renaissance villa was destroyed in an earthquake in 1667 and this is the one built to replace it. I think whoever lived in such a beautiful house with the outlook and the gardens was very lucky!


View of the villa from the pavilion


entrance to the abandoned villa – go inside as there are some fantastic old pictures of the villa and gardens to enjoy


the pavilion at Trsteno

the pavilion – look familiar GoT fans?


I love the view from the pavilion!

beautiful view of the Adriatic

What a view!


Beautiful view of the Elafiti Islands which can be visited from Dubrovnik – read all about our day on a private boat around the Islands!


Neptune fountain

You may also be interested in – A guide to Dubrovnik or A day in Montenegro


aqueduct that fed water to the fountain

large urn

large urn

Shaded walks

Lots of shaded walks to enjoy

the most beautiful view of the Adriatic

And that view once again!


  1. Entrance to the Arboretum costs 45 kuna per adult
  2. There is parking available if you have your own car. There are regular buses from Dubrovnik and the journey only takes about 35 minutes. Check out the bus schedule here!
  3. We saw no-where to buy any water when we visited so I would strongly advise that you take plenty with you.
  4. I would allow an hour or two to have a walk around and enjoy the place!
  5. Opening hours are 7.00 – 19.00 May to Oct and 8.00 – 16.00 November to April but make sure to check on the tourist board website in case of any changes – Dubrovnik Tourist Board
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If you are staying in the area of Dubrovnik there are many hotels to choose from – check out availability and book now 


 Game of Thrones



Visiting Arboretum Trsteno in Croatia. A garden with a view!


I love walking around gardens and beautiful old buildings on holiday. This one was particularly beautiful because of those views! Is it somewhere you would visit on holiday?

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  1. November 20, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Looks like a beautiful place, Tracy. Probably not something I’d go out of my way to visit, but the views look amazing! And after seeing the pictures in your Dubrovnik post, I can definitely understand why one would want to escape the crowds. 🙂
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    • November 21, 2016 / 8:23 am

      It was somewhere on my list as the pictures I had seen from there were gorgeous – luckily we drove past it on the way back from Bosnia Herzegovina so we were able to stop for a look around. It is a lovely place – it must have been the most fabulous villa to have actually owned and lived in. There were black and white photographs in the villa of people long gone who lived there. It was haunting really – you sort of expected to find you had gone back in time.

      And it was a welcome place of tranquility!

  2. November 22, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    This looks like a gorgeous garden and that view is stunning, wish I knew it was there when I was visiting Croatia because I would have loved to have gone passed. Great pictures 🙂
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    • November 22, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      It was worth going for the views alone though the atmosphere in the gardens and around the house was so serene (I also enjoyed seeing where some GoT scenes were filmed)

  3. November 22, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    The arboretum looks fascinating – I always love renaissance gardens! Would love to see the Aqueduct, sounds lovely! Those gardens just look stunning – some great pics!

    • November 23, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks Katie – it was a lovely garden – the sense of history was everywhere.

    • November 23, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      It was lovely – I am the same about bougainvilleas I love them!

  4. November 23, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    What a lovely place! It seems so unique and green! Also love the way you describe it!

  5. November 24, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I love visiting botanical gardens but this place seems to be so much more! Really need to visit Croatia soon!

    • November 24, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Definitely Van its an absolutely fabulous country

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