Dubrovnik, in the extreme south of Croatia, was proclaimed by Lord Byron to be ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic ‘. It really is a special place with magnificent marble streets and baroque buildings glistening in the sunshine. The main pedestrian area is lined with cafes and shops and has magnificent monuments at either end. The architecture is amazing with a host of churches, monasteries, and museums and although Dubrovnik was badly damaged in the siege of the early 90’s, restoration has been painstaking and it is almost impossible to imagine that there was such extensive destruction.
There are some great shops including many designer brands and while wandering through the streets you will hear a variety of sounds from the various street performers; from Dalmatian vocal groups to chamber music, and the magnificent setting of the Rectors Palace hosts some of the world’s greatest classical musicians. During the Summer Festival the city’s squares turn into pop-up theatre venues, there are numerous art galleries and for the more energetic there are some good nightclubs. Many of the restaurants and cocktail bars are blessed with amazing views, either out to sea or across the beautiful city. Beyond the city are the gorgeous beaches, densely wooded peninsulas and the turquoise Adriatic dotted with lush islands.