The territory of this municipality is located on the part of the Dubrovnik coast from the state border with the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina near Neum to the settlement Majkovi and the Ratac area by the sea towards Dubrovnik. The Dubrovnik Littoral Municipality has four border crossings to the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bistrina – G. Klek, Imotica – Duži, Čepikuće – Trebimlja and Slano – Zavala.


As a new territorially constituted municipality-unit of local self-government, the Municipality of Dubrovnik Littoral was established in 1997. It should be emphasized that a similar structure already existed during the French (1806) and Austrian (1886) reigns, and within the district of Dubrovnik in 1952. size of the territory (197.11 km2 or 11.06% of the area of ​​Dubrovnik-Neretva County), but it is also the least populated with only 2216 inhabitants or only 11.02 inhabitants per km2. The municipal center is Slano, which houses the municipal council, municipal administration and a single administrative department. The area of ​​the Municipality as well as the entire Dubrovnik coastline is characterized by two natural units: the hilly hinterland along the old Napoleon road and further to the Herzegovina hills, and the coastal area by the sea and the Adriatic tourist road. In the hinterland there are settlements Majkovi-Grbljav, Trnova, Mravinac, Podgora, Čepikuće, Trnovica, Točionik, Lisac, Podimoč, Visočani, Smokovljani, Ošlje, Stupa, Topolo, Štedrica and Imotica. The coastal settlements are Slano, Banja, Grgurići, Slađenovići, Kručica, Banići, Smokvina and Doli. The natural conditions of these two entities influenced the faster development and greater population of coastal settlements and the stagnation and extinction of rural settlements in the hinterland before, especially after the Homeland War. A special feature of the relief in the hinterland is the contrasting changes of gentle, beautifully cultivated valleys, small karst fields, sinkholes, deciduous groves, burned and wooded areas, valleys enclosed by lace stone, bare plateaus and abrupt elevations, the highest being the Neprobić peak of 963m in height. The coastal landscape is playful with the Dalmatian type of indented coastline with numerous bays, dips, bays, promontories, canals, passages, a lace shore called the Three Sisters of the Dol.
The territory of the Dubrovnik Littoral is a real, comfortable and distinctly Mediterranean climate, most exposed to the sea, so vegetation is typically Mediterranean. The coastal terraced belt is overgrown with pine forests, macchia, slim cypress trees, olive trees, carob, almonds, citrus fruits, laurel, myrtle, vine, beetle, sage, lavender and other herbs that give this area almost Biblical colors and fragrances.
The Dubrovnik coastal municipality has all the characteristics of the Croatian Dinaric anhydrous karst without constant water flows, so the population uses potable rainwater for drinking water, and villages in the hinterland and rural karst ponds to feed livestock. As groundwater is valuable water supplies, exploratory drilling for drinking water in the Čepikuća and Dol area is underway. The main plumbing of the regional water supply system passed through the settlements Imotica, Topolo, Stupa, Ošlje and Smokovljani to Visočani, and from the Nerez waterfall near Slano the water supply system from before the settlements of Slano, Slađenovići, Kručica and Baniće bays.
The Dubrovnik Littoral and the Dubrovnik Littoral Municipality have a very favorable geographical and transit traffic position as the intersection of existing road roads and routes, local roads and future highways along the border area, and due to navigable waterways along seawalls, bays and passages. Therefore, at the windmill of the millennium past of these border areas, the Dubrovnik coast was the victim of frequent robberies. Incursions and looting of Turks and Hajdukes were recorded, including the majority of Montenegrins, after the great and devastating earthquake of 1667. A major burglary also occurred in 1806 during the Russo-French siege of Dubrovnik. At that time, the Montenegrins plundered the Dubrovnik coast from Osojnik to Dol and Miholji Krst, burned the Rector’s Palace and 30 houses, killed five people in Slano and four in Gornji Majkov. The most relentless and widespread attack occurred in 1991, at a time of uncertain turmoil and disintegration of the SFR Yugoslavia. The earliest historical data and archeological findings, the remains of ceramic shallow vessels and skeletons found in the Močiljska and other caves along the Dubrovnik coast, prove that this area was inhabited as early as the Stone Age and even before (8000 to 3000 BC). Traces in this area were left by the Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Eastern Goths, Byzantium and many others. The destroyed Illyrian ruins of stone and mounds, Roman sarcophagi, necropolises, stone inscriptions, the remains of a church called Rotonda near the village of Ošlje, medieval tombstones-stećak tombstones, numerous inscriptions carved in stone…


One of the most picturesque places in the Dubrovnik area, in the most beautiful bay more than 2 km long, with a beautiful beach, in dense forests of pines and meadows, with a long cultural tradition and numerous monuments of all time, beginning in prehistoric times.
Franciscan Church of St. Jerome is one of the most beautiful in the area, from the 15th century is preserved the Duke’s Palace from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic, a summer residence of the famous Ohmucevic family, whose members were excellent sailors and writers. From Slano there is a road to Zavala in Herzegovina, where is the famous karst cave “Vjetrenica” (14 km).
Slano is the largest and most important settlement and municipal center. Traditionally, settlements in the immediate hinterland, an integral part of the Dubrovnik Littoral municipality, have gravitated to it. It is 30 km northwest of Dubrovnik County Center.
It lies in a spacious and beautiful bay of the same name, a sunken valley, by the walled coast, opposite the island of Sipan, from which the Kolocep Channel separates it. Salt is attractive because of its many pebble beaches, lush vegetation and pleasant climate. It used to be regularly connected to Dubrovnik and Korcula by shipping lines, but also to other smaller port ports in the Dubrovnik coast and the Peljesac peninsula (Zaton, Orašac, Trsteno, Doli, Ston, etc.). Ship connections with neighboring islands and ports in the wider area (Sipan, Mljet, etc.) are possible.
The bay is protected from all winds and is an ideal shelter and anchorage for boats and yachts. The economy is based on tourism: hotels (“Admiral” and “Osmine”), private rooms, apartments, camps and other facilities; agriculture (olive growing, viticulture, fruit growing, fishing and maritime).

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