Slivno was named after a similar peninsula which is on its northern and eastern sides immersed into the Neretva swamp, on its north-western side it is surrounded by tangerine plantations and on the southern and south-western sides it is surrounded by the sea. Working on it patiently for millennia, the sea, the sun and winds have created beautiful bays and beaches.
The weak tourist promotion of this part of Croatian south has made it ideal for tourists who want a holiday without a big crowd. Mainly refering to either boat owners who search for small secluded coves or sport-fishing amateurs delighted by the rich fauna at the River Neretva mouth which is also known for the mixture of salt and fresh water.
Neretva valley - In ancient times the whole valley of the Neretva River up to the present borders of Croatia and Bosnia used to be under the sea. Since the greater part of the valley was meliorated, today, instead of the sea or wetlands, what you can see there are plantations of tangerine, vine, citrus olive and fig trees.
The Slivno municipality is located at the southern end of the Lower Neretva area. Stretching over about 55 km2, which makes only 3% of land area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County it is considered a smaller municipality.
The Lower Neretva area is characterized by diverse relief with many picturesque landscapes. What makes this nature so attractive is the mesh of river and sea, plains and rocks, lakes and swamps.
Former wetland was replaced by a cascade landscape, becoming the most valuable agricultural part of the Slivno municipality . Along the edge of the hill there are still some round sources which, due to their first-class aesthetic value, draw attention of many passers-by.
The municipality has a spatial share of all three specific physiognomic units which are typical of this region.
Karst limestone formations south of the Mala Neretva River belong to the Slivno municipality and is therefore also called Slivno.
Vegetation in this area consists of karst landforms such as stones, depressions, sinkholes, caves and coves. The highest point of Slivno is Daska with an altitude of 563 m.
The tidewater of the municipality, as well as of the whole Croatian coast, is geologically young because it was created by the sea level rise caused by melting of Pleistocene glaciers. Transgression of the sea caused the sinking of the entire lower course of the Neretva River creating numerous bays, peninsulas and several smaller islands, which made the coastline even more indented. 22 km long coastline between the mouth of the Mala Neretva River and the bay Moračne also belongs to the municipality. Most of the coast of the municipality is not touristically used despite its picturesque bays and sandy beaches, and the fact that it is quite far away from the larger settlements guarantees a peaceful and pleasant holiday.
The main road running through the Municipality Slivno is the Adriatic highway which gradually rises from the bridge in Mala Neretva towards the karst area, stretching along its edge to Slivno Ravno.
Near the settlement of Raba it descends towards the sea coast near the village Duboka. It goes on to follow the coast to Moračna bay after which it leaves the municipality area.
Today in the Slivno municipality there are remains of cities and other various settlements, forts, towers, sacred objects, as well as some protected architecture. They are all part of the cultural heritage of the area. Since the culture and tourism have become inseparable, all the Neretva monuments have certain touristic value.
Despite the scientifically-based fact that the Slivno municipality has a long settlement tradition no archaeological sites have been systematically studied. Therefore, the prehistoric monuments are poorly known and still no such site has been registered as a protected monument.
Tombstones are the most numerous and the most widespread medieval monuments in the entire Slivno municipality.
South of Opuzen, on a hill, there are some remains of fortifications Brstanik which along with Nonković tower from the 17th century in Klek draws great tourists attention.
Over the bay and the resort Klek, on a steep hill, there are the ruins of Smrdan city.
Along the southern ramparts you can see the Church of St Rocco and the Great Lady from the 18th century. From the top of the fort there is a panoramic view of Klek and a part of the archipelago.
In front of the mouth of the Mala Neretva River there is an islet Osinj with the church of St John Baptist on it that, judging by the intermediate features of Romanesque-Gothic style, dates back to 14th -15th century.
On the southern edge of the limestone Neretva Delta, which nowadays belongs to the almost-deserted settlement of Slivno called Ravno, a stone Church of St. Stephen was built in the year 1900.
The church of Our Lady of Health in Vlaka is the first consecrated building in the independent Republic of Croatia.
The greatest touristic importance of the municipality Slivno belongs to the coastal settlements. Along the coast from the northwest to the southeast lie the following towns:
Blace. Blace village is located near the estuary of Mala Neretva River. Here you will find mostly domicile inhabitants that at this splendid position have started an intensive construction of weekend houses. All accommodation is private.
The next place is Komarna, which is, at least for now, the only tourist resort on the Riviera with the prospect of becoming a significant tourist destination of the weekend and apartment type.
After Komarna, following the beautiful bay of Duboka we come across a village sharing the same name. In the winter and summer months it offers accommodation in private apartments and first category rooms. About 700m away there are small places called Repić and Radalj, connected with a beautiful tranquil bay. The places also provide accommodation for guests in private apartments. Radalj is on its other site connected to a place called Klek.
Klek is a picturesque place situated along the main road at the end of the municipality. The tourist resort Klek has some facilities such as a miniature golf course, tennis courts, parks for children and a beautiful beach that stretches through the whole place.
The last bay in the Slivno municipality - Moračna, borders with the other state.
Slivno Tourist Board
Tel/Fax: +385 (0) 20 691047