When doing research for our trip to Dubrovnik (Read What to do in a week in Dubrovnik ) 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. 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.
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. 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.
Useful info for visiting Arboretum Trsteno!
- Entrance to the Arboretum costs 45 kuna per adult
- There is parking available if you have your own car. There are regular buses from Dubrovnik and the journey only takes about 35 minutes I believe.
- We saw no-where to buy any water when we visited so I would strongly advise that you take plenty with you.
- I would allow an hour or two to have a walk around and enjoy the place!
- Opening hours are 7.00 – 19.00 May to Oct and 8.00 – 16.00 November to April
Pin for later – Visiting Arboretum Trsteno
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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