12. The Splendid Mediterranean Garden
Trsteno, a small village with a 20-minute drive from Dubrovnik, is best known for its lush botanical garden, the Arboretum. The oldest in this corner of the word, it was once a Renaissance estate of the noble family Gozze who preferred its breezy shade to the scorching summer heat of the Old Town. They requested ship captains bring back seeds from their travels, and therein lays the secret of the variety that can be seen in the Arboretum. From wisteria to black Chinese bamboo to Dubrovnik coral, you will discover a wide range of greenery in this magical garden. A wonderful place to stroll around, enjoy nature and take in the lessons of old Dubrovnik's nobility on how to best enjoy summers.