The area of Konavle, situated on the south of Croatia between the sea and the mountainous hinterland is characterized by a very beautiful landscape. Its relief is divided into coastal strip- the area of steep mountains with two seaside places; Cavtat at one and Molunat at the other end, Donja and Gornja Banda with the fertile field among them and into the mountainous strip - the harsh rocky landscape with the semi-highland climate. Each of these areas has its distinct landscape features, colours, texture and shapes changeable depending on the season. Powerful verticals of dense cypress forests are the most noticeable environmental characteristic of Konavle. Somewhere they climb high in the hills, somewhere they descend into the field, creep into villages and protect churches and their churchyards. The extraordinary green colour of the landscape is also created by laurel groves, particularly picturesque along the river Ljuta - a protected natural landscape. The oak forests also permeate the landscape of Konavle and the local name dub for the oak tree is contained in numerous toponyms just as in the name of Dubrovnik. Pine trees and other decorative Mediterranean plants spread around particularly between the sea and Donja banda.
The field of Konavle spreads in the middle of the region as a huge pasture. It used to be the main granary of the Dubrovnik Republic. Even high mountains and steep seashore cliffs also have their vegetation adaptable to harsh living conditions. In Konavle natural and cultivated landscape is combined harmoniously with rural architecture of the villages and hamlets and their old stone houses and associated outbuildings such as traditional chimneys, huts, barn floors and mills.
Very recognizable is also its religious architecture with small village churches and mediaeval graveyards and the Renaissance pastoral architecture mainly of economic character is preserved, too. Traces of human labour live in stone and plants. The field boundaries made of drywalls called međe as simple stone structures are noteworthy indeed because each stone piece was carried by a peasant's hand and put on its right place what seems incredible today. Carefully stacked stone grates embrace and treasure picturesque olive trees, hunch-backed grapevines, fig and almond trees and citrus fruits.
Fortunately, discovering the true traditional values returns the local residents back to Nature, they plant new olive groves and renovate old ones and among the different vines they re-grow an ancient sort and well known vine "Dubrovnik Malvasia". Silkworms are busy again eating young leaves of mulberry trees to make cocoons and produce silk yarns for fascinating folk costumes of Konavle region as well as its unique embroidery. Konavle lives in its return to Nature and the landscape which original and inspiring beauty deserves a particular place in the overall picture of the country. (Kapović, 2005: 209 and 210.)