In close proximity to the city of Dubrovnik are numerous
picturesque villages and resorts to visit and explore. About 11
miles (18km) away on the road to Split is the quiet bay of Zaton,
with its sandy beaches and pine forest. The town has numerous
restaurants, a relic of the days when it was the chosen retreat for
the aristocrats of the Dubrovnik Republic. The village of Tristeno
features the 'Arboretum', a Gothic-Renaissance park on the coast.
In the centre of this village visitors are awed by two gigantic
sycamore trees, reputedly 500 years old, standing 197ft (60m) high.
Even closer to the city the towns of Kupari, Srebreno, Mlini,
Soline and Plat lie along a chain of hills descending to the rim of
Zupa Bay, known as one of the most beautiful resorts on the
Dubrovnik Riviera, with modern hotels offering a variety of
watersports. Closer to town, Lapad Beach is a popular sandy beach
with a number of bars and restaurants to while away a sunny
afternoon in Dubrovnik.