"Those who wish to see heaven on earth should come to Dubrovnik." George Bernard Shaw
In terms of the number and variety of species of flora, Croatia is one of the richest countries in Europe. There is a huge diversity, which in some locations reaches up to 3000 plant varieties on Velebit and the Kvarner islands. This is extremely rare, especially on the surface area of such a small country like Croatia. The untouched green areas of Gorski Kotar and Lika, or even the Istrian south with their exceptional ecological values and concentration of protected natural parks are true conserved treasure troves of endemic species. A special mention should be made here for orchid lovers. In the most southern part of Istria, amongst the many types of orchid growing here, there is the unique endemic Istrian Serapias (serapias istriaca), which up until now has never been found anywhere else. Source: croatia.hr
Due to its specific geographical position, located on the cusp of a number of bio geographical regions, Croatia is an area with an above average number of land, sea and underwater species. With 8 National Parks and 11 Nature Parks, some of which are Kopački Rit near Osijek, Lonjsko polje in Posavina, Vransko jezero near Pakoštane and other carefully looked after and supervised zoological and botanical reserves, Croatia is home to protected species such as the brown bear in Kuterevo, dolphins and Mediterranean monk seal in the Kvarner waters, the griffon vulture on the craggy rocks of Cres or even the white stork in Čigoč and the herd of wild horses in Posavina. It is in these areas that these species are able to roam around in the last free areas. Source: croatia.hr
Sea bathing quality
Sea bathing quality is checked on the regular bases according to criteria defined by Regulation on Sea bathing water quality (OG 73/08) and the EU Directive on management of bathing water quality No 2006/7/EC.
Results of sea bathing quality control of beaches in Dubrovnik region can be checked here.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services. The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Source: Blue Flag
In Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik region Blu Flag is awarded to two marinas and four beaches:
ACI Marina Dubrovnik