Croatia’s Mediterranean coast boasts legendary beauty and impressive historic monuments. Nowhere is this more celebrated than in the Adriatic coastal town of Dubrovnik. The area of Dubrovnik has been settled and populated since at least the 7th century with Greek, Roman, Venetian, Byzantine, Hungarian, Napoleonic and even Communist forces all claiming the city under their empires. Its rich history and incredible architecture have enabled it to join the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1979. One of the most obvious features of Dubrovnik is its walled fortress which protected the medieval city and its harbor.
A popular tourist destination since at least the late 19th century, you’re likely to end up in Dubrovnik as a result of joining a Mediterranean cruise that makes port there. The city is nicknamed “the Pearl of the Adriatic,” and it’s definitely one of the premiere destinations in Croatia. George Bernard Shaw even once said, “Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.”
The climate of the area is typically Mediterranean; meaning warm, dry summers, and mild, wet winters. The beach might not be too fun in winter, but the beauty of the area and the plethora of things to do and see shouldn’t detract you if you’re visiting during the drizzlier months.
The touristy nature of the area makes it more tolerant and welcoming than other areas of conservative Croatia, but the nation is a staunchly religious one, so it is advised that you keep the PDA to a minimum while visiting.