Location of Konavle within Dubrovnik-Neretva County

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
County Dubrovnik-Neretva County
  Mayor Luka Korda (HDZ)
  Total 209.25 km2 (80.79 sq mi)
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 8,577
  Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20 000
Area code(s) 020
Licence plate DU
Website konavle.hr

Konavle (pronounced [kɔ̌naːv̞lɛ]; Italian: Canali or Valle dei Canali) is a small region and municipality located southeast of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

It is administratively part of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and forms a municipality with its center at Cavtat.


The total municipality population was 8,577 people in 2011, split in the following 32 settlements:[1]

  • Brotnice, population 31
  • Cavtat, population 2,153
  • Čilipi, population 933
  • Drvenik, population 52
  • Duba Konavoska, population 63
  • Dubravka, population 295
  • Dunave, population 155
  • Đurinići, population 96
  • Gabrili, population 210
  • Gruda, population 741
  • Jasenice, population 14
  • Komaji, population 275
  • Kuna Konavoska, population 17
  • Lovorno, population 183
  • Ljuta, population 194
  • Mihanići, population 96
  • Mikulići, population 88
  • Močići, population 447
  • Molunat, population 212
  • Palje Brdo, population 130
  • Pločice, population 83
  • Poljice, population 70
  • Popovići, population 236
  • Pridvorje, population 236
  • Radovčići, population 228
  • Stravča, population 60
  • Šilješki, population 22
  • Uskoplje, population 136
  • Vitaljina, population 211
  • Vodovađa, population 190
  • Zastolje, population 150
  • Zvekovica, population 570

In the 2011 census, 97.1% of the population were Croats.[2] Historically, inhabitants of Konavle were called Canalesi.[3]


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.


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

Notable people from Konavle


  1. 1 2 "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Konavle". Census of Population, Households and Dwellings 2011. Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012.
  2. "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.
  3. William Miller, Ottoman Empire and Its Successors, 1801–1927, 3rd ed. (Cambridge University Press, 1936), p. 36.

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

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