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Dubrovnik - Pearl of The Adriatic

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Dubrovnik truly is the "jewel of the Adriatic", as so many tourist brochures proudly state. Come see what this gem has to offer the world traveler!

One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Dubrovnik is a gorgeous coastal town with a rich history and stunning natural landscape. The marble streets boast lines of churches, palaces, squares, and terracotta homes.

The city has become the newest European hotspot, with droves of tourists visiting the area each year. Located on the southern tip of the Croatian coast, the city is officially a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Photo of Dubrovnik

The city's old fortified town looks over limestone cliffs onto the sparkling Adriatic - this is the perfect example of what makes this place so magical. The history and the natural beauty combine in a way that can't be found anywhere else in the world. The seaside offers fantastic beaches that look out onto the ocean and Croatia's many islands!

There's so much to see here that you'll need to stay awhile, especially if you want to get in some beach time. When you visit, book a walking tour of the city and have a guide show you the most interesting spots. You'll learn a lot about the town's history, which dates back to the 7th century, and have a chance to see the famous spots.

The city is especially famous for its fortifications, which have successfully kept out intruding armies for centuries. The 25m-high City Walls stretch an impressive 2 km - as you make your way along the circuit, you'll get to see ramparts, as well as views of the old city, rooftops, domes, and churches.

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Another great destination within the city is the Rector's Palace. A relic of the 15th century, when the city was at its peak as a center of trade, this destination is a prime example of Gothic-Renaissance architecture.

The building was once used for government purposes, and now is home to the Cultural Historical Museum, which has a collection of art, furniture, and other items from the time period. The atrium is often used for concerts during the summer.

Beach time!

Photo Dubrovnik Banje Beach

When you're done with the historical attractions, it's time to go to the beach!

With amazing weather in the summer, and warm temperatures, it's impossible not to spend a few days sunning yourself.
Relax on the Banje Beach east of the old town,
beneath the Lazareti complex.

But be warned - this place is popular and gets very crowded in the summer.

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If you're a bit on the adventurous side, take a 20-minute ferry ride to the island of Lokrum - rumor has it that the island is haunted. Whether this is true or not is still up in the air, but it's guaranteed you'll find plenty of little coves, rocky beaches, a botanical garden - and an abandoned Benedictine monastery.

Before you head home, don't forget to explore some of the religious centers in Dubrovnik. Take some time to see the Dominican and Franciscan monasteries, as well as the grand cathedral full of Baroque architecture.

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