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Sunday Morning

Folklore in Cilipi

In a region outside Dubrovnik, a Croatian village celebrates its folk traditions weekly.


In a region outside Dubrovnik, a Croatian village celebrates its folk traditions weekly.

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On Sunday mornings from April to November, the lovely, traditional village of Cilipi, in the stunning Konvale region just outside of Dubrovnik, Croatia, comes alive in a flurry of folklore pageantry. At 11:15, after Mass is celebrated at St. Nicholas Church, young (and not so young) men and women dressed in traditional folk costumes perform well-choreographed folk dances and sing heartfelt Dalmatian songs, inviting spectators to join in a waltz at the end. Before or after the performance, take a stroll through the Sunday market for local embroidery or check out the Konvale Ethnographic Museum, arranged like a typical Konvale house with objects of daily use, jewelry, and festive wedding costumes.

To get there, a tourist bus line leaves from the bus station in Cavtat for Cilipi on Sunday mornings at 9, and returns after the folklore ($4 one way). Village entry, $7.50, includes access to the market, entry to the museum, a shot of liquor in the wine cellar, and a view of the show. Viatour offers a five-hour guided tour including hotel pickup and drop-off for $42.

Caitlin Hurley

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