DUBROVNIK, known as "The Pearl of the Adriatic" is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, located in the region of Dalmatia and a center of Dubrovnik-Neretva county.
In 1979, the city was listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Dubrovnik is one of the most prominent destinations in the Mediterranean that attracts visitors with its tremendous natural beauty, charming old town and rich history.
It is a great place either for a short city-break, a day cruise destination or a longer beach holiday.
In 1991, after the break-up of Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik was besieged by the Serb and Montenegrin soldiers gathered in the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) for seven months and suffered significant damage from shelling. After repair and restoration work in the 1990s and early 2000s, Dubrovnik re-emerged as one of the top tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.
The over a thousand-year-old history of Dubrovnik is visible in every part of this city. The city is a living museum and a live stage and has an ideal connection between its historical past and the modern-day.
Dubrovnik Old Town is perfectly preserved and you can instantly feel the medieval ambiance enhanced by the magnificent city walls that encircle the entire Old Town. The walls were built between the 12th and 17th centuries to protect the town from pirates.
The medieval walls are 1940 meters long and walking along them provides a great opportunity to admire the city's terracotta rooftops as well as to enjoy beautiful sea views and take stunning photos.
The Old town is a place filled with small shops and many cafés and restaurants where you can sit and have a drink or meal.
The cobbled alleyways lead to a pretty harbor that houses fancy yachts and boats.
In summer Dubrovnik is a popular stop for cruise ships sailing across Adriatic and Mediterranean seas.
Dubrovnik is also an ideal place for summer holidays in terms of sea, sun and beach. There are several nice pebble beaches beyond the Old town you can explore and put your towel on - Banje beach, Danče beach, Sveti Yakov beach, Copacabana beach, and more.
You can also go a little farther, take the ferry and go to the Lokrum island, which is not far from Dubrovnik and is perfect for a day trip.
Another option using the ferry service is going to the unspoiled Elaphite archipelago, whose three main islands of Kolocep (Kalamota), Lopud and Sipan all offer tranquillity and nice pebble beaches.
To enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over Dubrovnik get the cable car to the top of the near hill. At sunset the panorama is even more beautiful and you can have a romantic dinner at the restaurant on the hill.
Recently, the city became a setting for the filming of "Game of Thrones", making it even more popular and attractive destination.