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Natural sights >> Trsteno Arboretum
Trsteno lies 20km west of Dubrovnik and is home to many summer residences built during the time of the Republic of Dubrovnik. The Gučetić-Gozze residence is of special importance as it was from this that the oldest arboretum in the world came into being in 1494.
It is widely known for its historic gardens and a large collection of Mediterranean and world flora. Sailors would bring exotic plants seedlings from their travels so that today the area is home to eucalyptus from Australia, Mexican cactus, Japanese roses, gigantic plane trees and various other plants.
The garden architecture remains and during the warm summer months, the tall trees make it a haven of cool. Walking around these beautiful surroundings you will stumble upon the Neptune fountain - built in the Baroque style in 1736 whose pond is home to fish, turtles, and small snakes. The whole estate covers an area of 28 hectares and as well as nature, you can admire the Renaissance summer residence, take a walk to the sundial or relax in the courtyard listening to the sound of crickets. The view from the terrace of the summer residence, over the sea, is breathtaking.
You will also see an aqueduct modelled on those of ancient Rome, old mills, nymphs and more. We definitely recommend coming to Trsteno. Below the arboretum is an area you can swim from, so you can make it a full day trip.
The arboretum's summer opening hours are 7am – 7pm and in winter from 8am – 4pm.