George Bernard Shaw famously described the seaside city of Dubrovnik as “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” and it truly is a gem of a city. The UNESCO-listed Old Town is surrounded by ancient city walls that date all the way back to the ninth century, and the azure sea provides a sensational backdrop to any photo. It’s so photogenic, in fact, that it’s been featured in numerous movie and television series. Game of Thrones fans will surely recognise the city’s terracotta tiles and stone buildings, which were the main filming location for King’s Landing..
Dubrovnik was once home to one of the largest merchant naval fleets in the world. Those days are long gone, but the water still plays a huge role in life here. In fact, UberBOAT was recently launched in Croatia, providing a ride-sharing service that lets you sail between Croatian islands.
If you’d rather stay on land, take a walk around the pedestrian-only Old Town, followed by a cable car ride up to Mount Srd. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see up to 60 kilometres away from the top.
Dubrovnik is also a good base for exploring other places in Croatia, like the coastal town of Trogir and the swanky village of Rogoznica.