The best neighbours
The villages and towns around Orasac have their own unique perspective of Croatian life to share. In Gromaca, a village named after the dry limestone walls you'll see bordering farms and land in the region, there's a magnificent cave to explore. Ljubac, a tiny village with a population of less than a hundred people, sits in a valley between three hills, forming a natural amphitheatre.
A trip down the coast takes you to Zaton, tucked away in a scenic bay, where you can hire a boat and sail to nearby islands. The town is busier than Orasac, with plenty of shops and charming restaurants serving local delicacies and regional wine such as Pošip, a white wine which goes well with seafood.
Fun in the Sun Gardens
Just 10 minutes down the road is the luxury resort of Sun Gardens. With three pools, a beach, a spa and 16 restaurants and bars to choose from, a day trip to this superb complex will add something special to your Orasac holiday. Croatians are sports mad, and Sun Gardens pays homage to this with the wide range of activities available at its sports centre.
Get competitive on the tennis court, grab some like-minded sports enthusiasts and set up a game of volleyball, or boost your upper-body strength on the climbing wall. If watersports are your thing, race around the beach on a jet-ski, or dive into the crystal-clear waters and explore a local shipwreck.
History in the making
Although small in size, Orasac is big in the history department, boasting a castle and several churches. Start with a trip to Arapovo Castle. Built in the early 16th century, this fortress once had the honour of defending Orasac from pirates. Now, it offers fantastic views across the town - so don't forget your camera and take some memorable holiday photos to show the folks back home.
Next, it's on to Our Lady of Orasac, a 15th-century church, and St Nicolas' Church, built in the 13th century. Here, you can recharge your batteries and enjoy the peace of the secluded location, as you contemplate the significance of this historical landmark.
Dancing in Dubrovnik
A trip to Dubrovnik after dusk to dance the night away is a must on your holiday to Croatia. Ease yourself in gently with a stroll down Stradun, the main street. Find a restaurant here and line your stomach with a black-seafood risotto and a glass of wine, before heading for Jelacica, known locally as Bourbon Street, in the Old Town.
With its back-to-back nightclubs and bars, this is the place to be once the sun sets. During the summer, a carnival-like atmosphere descends on this lively street, as it plays host to an alfresco party. Inside, the bars are compact and usually standing room only. When it's time to hit the dance floor, Revelin Tower is where the party's at. It attracts top DJs from around the world during its summer dance party season.
Enjoy a little bit of everything during your holiday to Orasac on the Dalmatian Coast. Sun, sand and sightseeing abound in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Its proximity to the 'pearl of the Adriatic', Dubrovnik, offers an extra cultural dimension to your trip, with museums, war memorials and monuments to explore. Like the aristocrats and artists who travelled to Orasac for peace and inspiration in days gone by, you'll leave relaxed and invigorated, counting the days until you can return to this beautiful destination.