Dalmatia – Dubrovnik – the therapeutic effect of art and beauty
Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, has more than 2,500 hours of sunny hours a year and during the sunny period it finds itself at the very top of the chart of European cities. Due to its architecture and rich cultural heritage they call it the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik region abound in artefacts of art and beauty, whether it concerns the protected historical centres of global or national significance such as Dubrovnik, Korčula, Cavtat and Ston, the fortified structures such as towers, walls, forts, civil buildings such as princely castles and palaces or sacral buildings.
The magnificent walls of Ston are the second longest fortified system in the world after the Chinese Wall, built and added to over more than four hundred years. Ston’s saltworks, the oldest in Europe and the largest preserved in the Mediterranean add special allure to this ambience. Also known far and wide are Ston’s oysters whose cultivation in the Bay of Mali Ston draws its origin from Roman times, and which are most often, due to their aphrodisiac qualities, eaten raw with just a drizzle of lemon juice.
The intangible cultural heritage includes the Dubrovnik Summer Games and the Festival of St Blaise under the protection of UNESCO plus the Festival of Knights’ Games and the historical reference to the opus of Marco Polo, the explorer and travel writer from the town on the same named island of Korčula.
When the eyes and body tire from sightseeing the beauty wellness centres are available in a number of hotels in Dubrovnik, Cavtat and Pomena on the island of Mljet. It well known that wellness centres, particularly those in Dubrovnik hotels, have won prestigious national and international acknowledgements for the high quality of their services. Special attention is paid to the natural elements, the minimalistic décor of the interior and music which create a calming atmosphere conducive to the various treatments of psychophysical relaxation.
When it comes to the health resort sector, the island of Korčula stands out, one of the most forested islands in the Adriatic, with an indented coastline full of large and small coves, sandy beaches and as many as 40 islets. The interior of the island abounds with wild aromatic and medicinal plants, which are often used in the treatment of various ailments, particularly difficulties with the digestive tract. In the cove of Kale in the environs of the town of Vela Luka there are sources of therapeutic mud and radioactive water that provide a unique combination which relieves and treats chronic rheumatic, neurological and gynaecological problems. The knowledge of the local population confirmed by foreign research has led to the development of a special institution for contemporary physical medicine and rehabilitation that bases its programmes precisely on these natural benefits.
The famous and therapeutic mud in the cove of Blace in Trpanj on the Pelješac peninsula which is, according to the results of a series of tests, exceptionally effective due to its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and biostimulative action on the regenerative processes.