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The Pearl of the Adriatic
With portions of the world-famous Game of Thrones TV series being shot there, it is not a surprise that Dubrovnik is a leading tourist destination in Croatia. Perched alongside the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia, this picturesque metropolis is no doubt designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Is it a wonder why this gorgeous Mediterranean town is nicknamed 'Pearl of the Adriatic'?
Kick-start the trip by heading out to view the Dubrovnik's old city walls. Stroll around the the 2km (1.2 mile) circular path that winds its way around numerous fortresses. It offers breathtaking vistas of the Old Town rooftops, the ancient port, the shimmering Adriatic Sea and the limestone crags to the north. When it comes to religious shrines, be sure to drop by at the impressive and majestic Dubrovnik Cathedral. Some of the features include three aisles and a huge cupola that is prominent in the cityscape and the treasury that is home to over 100 priceless relics.
Do spend some quality time exploring the second oldest and perhaps the smallest synagogue in Europe. Head to the second floor of the Dubrovnik Synagogue to view the original 17th-century furnishings, while below, one can wander about the museum that contains incredible displays. Stroll around Stradum, Dubrovnik's main thoroughfare where locals and tourists converge to chat, dine, shop amongst other activities. This bustling zone is laden with cafes, bars and shops.
The Franciscan Church and Monastery is a huge complex owned by the Order of the Friars Minor. It comprises of a monastery, a church, a library and a pharmacy. History aficionados would love to visit the former residence of the city's rector. Marvel at the gorgeous Venetian-Gothic structure that is laden with period furniture and artifacts. The complex is also home to the Cultural History museum comprising of stunning paintings and relics.
Need a getaway? Then take the cable car to Sr? Hill for breathtaking views of the city, Lokrum island and the indented coast. The incredible panoramic vistas of the city is majestic to say the least. To learn more about the past of the city and the country, head out to War Photo Limited that showcases modern war photography.
When it comes to shopping, some of the souvenirs that can be procured are jewellery, lavender, soaps, leather-ware, ceramics, hand-made bags and clothes. The Old Town is a fantastic place for shopping as well as the number of stores housed in and around Stradum. As for cuisine, do try out local delicacies such as the famous Dalmatian Octopus Salad and cap off the day by drinking Rakhija (Fruit Brandy).
The stay options in Dubrovnik is abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky rental apartments and cheap accommodations available. Tourists can decide what kind they prefer based on their budget, taste and requirements.
Dubrovnik experiences borderline humid subtropical and Mediterranean climate. The best time to visit would be during May or September as the temperatures are pleasant during that period and conducive for sight-seeing.