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Općina Konavle
Konavle Municipality
Location of Konavle within Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Location of Konavle within Dubrovnik-Neretva County
Konavle is located in Croatia
The location of Konavle within Croatia
Coordinates: 42°31′7″N 18°22′5″E / 42.51861°N 18.36806°E / 42.51861; 18.36806
Country Croatia
CountyDubrovnik-Neretva County
 • MayorLuka Korda (HDZ)
 • Total209.97 km2 (81.07 sq mi)
0 m (0 ft)
 • Total8,577
 • Density41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
20 000
Area code(s)020
Licence plateDU

Konavle (pronounced [kɔ̌naːv̞lɛ]) is a municipality and a small region located southeast of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

It is administratively part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the center of the municipality is Cavtat.


The total municipality population was 8,577 people in 2011, split in the following 32 settlements:[2]

In the 2011 census, 97.1% of the population were Croats.[3] Historically, inhabitants of Konavle were called Canalesi.[4]


Government of Dubrovnik in 1427 eradicate Bogomilism in Konavle and acted as in Pelješac when they expelled the Orthodox priests. Catholicism to Konavle was restored with Franciscans. Restoration of Catholicism was so rapid and efficient that at the end of the Middle Ages only Catholics lived there.[5] Even though considerably damaged during the Croatian War of Independence, Konavle maintain its status as one of the wealthiest counties in all of Croatia, consistently ranking amongst the ten richest counties.


Konavle is actually a narrow field located between the Sniježnica mountain and the Adriatic Sea, spanning the area from the coastal town of Cavtat to the Montenegrin border at Prevlaka. Other than Cavtat, only the southernmost village of Molunat is located on the coast, while the other 30 villages are in the hinterland.

The Sniježnica peak at 1234 meters of altitude is the highest point of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and village of Kuna with its 700 m altitude is the highest village in the county. Although Gruda is the administrative center of the municipality, the largest settlement is Cavtat.

A few kilometres from Cavtat there is "Pasjača", the 2020 most beautiful beach in Europe, hidden below the Konavle cliffs.


The airport for Dubrovnik is located near the Konavle village of Čilipi.

Notable people from Konavle[edit]


  1. ^ "Općine na područjima posebne državne skrbi Republike Hrvatske" (PDF). Croatian Chamber of Economy. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Konavle". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  3. ^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Dubrovnik-Neretva". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  4. ^ William Miller, Ottoman Empire and Its Successors, 1801–1927, 3rd ed. (Cambridge University Press, 1936), p. 36.
  5. ^ Zdenka Janeković Römer, 2005, Citizens, Inhabitants, Subjects, Foreigners, Heterodox in Medieval Dubrovnik, Građani, stanovnici, podanici, stranci, inovjerci u srednjovjekovnom Dubrovniku // Raukarov zbornik : zbornik u čast Tomislava Raukara / Budak, Neven, https://www.bib.irb.hr/268941 #page= 317-346, https://www.academia.edu/7621134/Gra%C4%91ani_stanovnici_podanici_stranci_inovjerci_u_srednjovjekovnom_Dubrovniku_Citizens_Inhabitants_Subjects_Foreigners_Heterodox_in_Medieval_Dubrovnik_ #page=13-16

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Coordinates: 42°31′07″N 18°22′05″E / 42.51861°N 18.36806°E / 42.51861; 18.36806