The country’s best known single destination graces its furthest south.
Beneath the slopes of Srđ hill, built entirely of stone, Dubrovnik is lovingly called ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic’, although it is today equally known as the King's Landing from the Game of Thrones.
Surrounded in a two-kilometer-long string of stone walls and fortresses, the Old Town of Dubrovnik graces many bucket lists. Walking its walls is Dubrovnik’s top experience, although wandering the stone alleys doesn’t fall short either. Adorned in palaces, homes, churches and monasteries, a stroll through Dubrovnik is a fascinating walk through time, with sites like the 700-years-old Franciscan pharmacy, the 16th century custom’s house Sponza or the church of St. Blaise popping up one after another. The Old Town is also the heart of Dubrovnik’s summer life, with the most popular bars, restaurants, shops and markets hidden in the labyrinth of streets.
While Dubrovnik Old Town is a must-see, it can get quite busy. Thankfully, the city’s surroundings offers fantastic escapes. The town of Cavtat is like a small Dubrovnik, with many beaches, pine-laden walks and cultural heritage, minus the crowds of Dubrovnik. Ston sports another set of fascinating walls plus historical salt pans which are still in operation. Continuing from Ston, the peninsula of Pelješac houses many family-run wineries with great red wines. The green valley of Konavle, east of the town, offers great biking, hiking and rural living experiences. Nestled in the narrowest bit of the Adriatic coast, Dubrovnik also makes it easy to visit the surrounding countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in day trips.