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Arboretum Trsteno’s Botanical Marvels Along the Adriatic Coast

The botanical wonders of Arboretum Trsteno along the stunning Adriatic Coast are waiting for you – Explore them with us! Come on this journey through its lush landscapes and historical treasures with us. 

Welcome to the enchanting world of Arboretum Trsteno – a living storybook of nature and history just 25 km west of Dubrovnik! A sprawling 28-hectare estate in Trsteno, boasting meadows, ancient olive groves, and pockets of untouched greenery. It’s like stepping into a historic wonderland. 

Arboretum Trsteno

Our journey back in time begins around 1494-1502. That is when the garden of Gučetić’s summer house was crafted. Fast forward through five centuries, and you’ve got the only surviving Dubrovnik park that’s evolved through various styles. It embraced everything from early Renaissance charm to the grandeur of the Baroque era. 

But the real magic happens in 1948 when the entire Ladanje area was declared a natural rarity. What was once a garden transformed into the “Arboretum – a hub for introducing foreign tree and shrub species.” Since 1962, it’s proudly listed as a protected natural site, a testament to its unique beauty. 

Now, fasten your seatbelt for some cool facts:

  • In 1967, it earned cultural monument status. 
  • In 2017, the entire countryside, including the Arboretum, became a certified cultural treasure.
  • This isn’t just a garden; it’s a living, breathing piece of history waiting to be explored.


Discover Arboretum Trsteno's Diverse Plant Life

  • Plant Communities:
    • Nine well-defined plant communities with extensive coverage.
    • Three partially developed communities showcasing unique botanical features. 
  • Variety of Environments:
    • Communities span diverse environments, including forest, grassland, weed, ruderal vegetation, halophilic coastal ridges, and vegetation on walls and rocks. 
Arboretum Trsteno
  • Abundant Forests:
    • Forest vegetation, the most abundant, once covered three-quarters of the Arboretum before the 2000 fire.
    • In the western part, stands of Aleppo pine and cypress, originally on a garig substrate, naturally regenerated post-fire. 
  • Eastern Charm:
    • Explore the eastern part where laurel dominates the forest vegetation, extending over a large section of the Renaissance meadow. 
  • Species Mixing Magic:
    • Witness a unique phenomenon – the harmonious mixing of species from the Eu-Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean vegetation zones. 
  • South-Eastern Extravaganza:
    • The south-eastern Arboretum boasts a steep, rocky slope with distinct Eumediterranean garig vegetation.
    • Discover rare fragments of extrazonal vegetation from the Ionian-Aegean zone, including the fascinating woody milkweed. 


Adults, individual visits: EUR 10.00

Agency group visits – adults: EUR 8.00

Children and students: EUR 7.00

Agency group visits – students and children: EUR 6.00 


May to October: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

November to April: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Is it Worth a Visit? Oh YES!

Arboretum Trsteno isn’t just a garden; it’s a treasure trove of botanical excitement! Our visit felt like a journey through a living storybook, with each turn revealing something cooler than the last. The forested wonders in the western part, bouncing back after a fiery party in 2000, left us in awe. Then, there’s the eastern enchantment, where laurel took center stage, turning the Renaissance meadow into a green masterpiece. 


But the real showstopper? The mixing of plant species from different Mediterranean zones. It’s like a VIP party where everyone’s invited, and the mingling is spectacular! And let’s not forget the south-eastern spectacle – a rocky slope showing off its Eu-mediterranean garig vibes, with a sprinkle of rare woody milkweed magic. Our time in Arboretum Trsteno wasn’t just a stroll; it was a thrilling botanical adventure. This visit left us buzzing with excitement and a newfound appreciation for nature’s creativity! 

Ready for an unforgettable journey into nature's wonderland?

Arboretum Trsteno  invites you to step into a historic oasis just 25 km west of Dubrovnik. A 28-hectare botanical haven awaits, adorned with meadows, ancient olive groves, and pockets of untouched greenery. 

Your adventure begins in a garden crafted back in 1494-1502, evolving through five centuries of stylistic marvels. Explore diverse plant life, from lush forests to the harmonious mixing of Mediterranean species

Arboretum Trsteno

Arboretum Trsteno is more than a garden; it’s a botanical adventure waiting for you! Come, discover, and be captivated by the magic of nature’s creativity. Your Arboretum adventure is just a visit away! 

Your CTC Team

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