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Dubrovnik is an extraordinary place, with the entire old city being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vast walls, up to 80 feet tall, come complete with fortresses, towers, crenelations and an ancient footpath along the entire mile-and-a-quarter extent. The walls encircle a dramatic, stone-built, red-roofed city, which juts into the clearest, cleanest blue-green waters of the Adriatic. The streets are paved with time-polished, pale marble, with the town’s harmony owing as much to the 17th-century rebuilding program following the Great Earthquake in 1667 as it does to Dubrovnik’s remarkable history, stretching back well over a thousand years. ...

Dubrovnik is an extraordinary place, with the entire old city being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vast walls, up to 80 feet tall, come complete with fortresses, towers, crenelations and an ancient footpath along the entire mile-and-a-quarter extent. The walls encircle a dramatic, stone-built, red-roofed city, which juts into the clearest, cleanest blue-green waters of the Adriatic. The streets are paved with time-polished, pale marble, with the town’s harmony owing as much to the 17th-century rebuilding program following the Great Earthquake in 1667 as it does to Dubrovnik’s remarkable history, stretching back well over a thousand years.

Of course, Byron’s "Pearl of the Adriatic" is no secret, and you can’t expect to have the place to yourself; nevertheless, the city copes admirably with the influxes, and you’ll find a place full of cheerful cafés, bars and restaurants, wonderful architecture, intriguing museums, atmospheric churches and a world-famous Summer Festival. As if that weren’t enough, the city even has its own perfect forested island, Lokrum, just a few hundred yards offshore.

Piers Letcher
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Piers Letcher is the author of Croatia: the Bradt Travel Guide, Dubrovnik: the Bradt City Guide, and coauthor of Zagreb: the Bradt City Guide.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia, Dubrovnik is positioned at the terminal end of the Isthmus of Dubrovnik.
  • Language: Croatian
  • Currency: Croatian Kuna
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    May-October; in winter it's quieter but also damper.