Dubrovnik Croatia, aka the Pearl of the Adriatic, is far from the well-kept secret it once was but it’s still very much worthy of a visit. George Bernard Shaw once wrote “Those who seek paradise on Earth must come to Dubrovnik” and who are we to argue? This walled city in the southern region of Dalmatia is thought to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The warm Mediterranean climate allows for palms and citrus groves to flourish alongside the Venetian Gothic architecture.
Sleep Here: Villa Dubrovnik
Get out of the city center and try a stay at Villa Dubrovnik. This stunning yet small hotel is built from local grey Brac stone clinging to the stone shoreline. A muted color scheme of beige and cream allow the views out the floor-to-ceiling windows to truly shine. Bathrooms offer in-floor heating and a separate shower and tub. Suites offer in-room Jacuzzis while deluxe suites place the Jacuzzi on a large terrace. The entire hotel has views of the bay and Lokrum Island plus the hotel also offers hourly boat shuttles back to the Old City.
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Eat Here: 360 Degrees
360 Degrees lives up to it’s name offering gorgeous views from the Sveti Luka bastion alongside with stunning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. They are also known for their extensive wine selection, which includes a whole page of champagnes. Although it’s by far the top restaurant in the area, it does not take reservations so be prepared for a bit of a wait.
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Visit Here: Gradske Zidine
Almost 2000 meters of medieval defensive walls surround Dubrovnik. Because the walls were never breached by an attack they are stunningly intact. Today the walls are under the protection of UNESCO and are one of the most popular attractions in the city. It’s about €10 to enter so make the most of it by walking the walls entire length.