Zaton Veliki, a quiet old fishing village with a small beach, is one of our favourite places to visit. The children enjoy jumping off the pier, fishing and messing around with the local children. The local ferry from Dubrovnik and Mlini dock there a few times a day.

Restaurant Ankora


There are three restaurants in Zaton Veliki. Restaurant Ankora is nice in the morning for coffee but can get busier in the peak season for lunch and dinner.

Slightly tourist prices as it has prime location on the water’s edge and is the first one you come to. Further along is a bakery / sandwich bar and pizzeria.

However if you walk further along the promenade, past the church and around the corner, you will come to a restaurant called Kasar.

It is beautiful early evening and later well lit with candles making a very romantic setting. You can dress up or go in covered swimwear. Sometimes we go early enough for the boys to jump and swim off the pier and conveniently there are cubicles to change in before we sit down to dinner. Food is fresh and tasty and they make an excellent Octopus Salad and Black Risotto and have some other dishes not found on all the other menus in this area. Mention you are staying as guests of Jovi Božić and they will probably throw in a bottle of wine.

This is a 20 min car journey along the coast.

Leaving the villa, go out over the Croatian border, follow the mountain road down until you reach the roundabout. Turn right here, the road winds down the mountain coming out at Dubrovnik’s Marina and Yacht Club and by a petrol station. At the junction, bear left and follow along the coast road towards Dubrovnik, there is a fork in the road, bear right towards Split and at the T – junction turn right to Split, going over the Franjo Tudjman Bridge. (There is a good viewing point just across the bridge and it is easy to pull in). Follow this coast road all the way around, going through Zaton, Mali Zaton and into Zaton Veliki. (After Stikovica, you will see a restaurant on your left called Gverović, it is a fabulous setting and the food is good too).
As soon as you see the sign to Zaton Veliki, take the next left. It is not easy now as the way to the car park is narrow and is small. If full, you can leave your car at the top, by the cafe, and walk down. (If you see the tourist office on your left, you have gone too far, however you can park there and walk down the steps to the bay).