Dubrovnik, in the extreme south of Croatia, is known as the Pearl of the Adriatic.
George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, about which he said “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”, as well as, famously, describing it as “the pearl of the Adriatic”.
It really is a stunning city with an amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
There is much to experience in Dubrovnik, from tracing the mighty city walls and exploring scenes from Game of Thrones, to spending the day on a four-poster bed by the sea, with an icy cocktail in hand.
A comfortable day trip from Dubrovnik, mountainous Pelješac produces some of Croatia's best red wines, made from the indigenous Mali Plavac grape. Dingač, the region's most highly esteemed wine, comes from steep seaward-facing vineyards, close to the village of Potomje. On the way there, you'll pass through Ston, famed for its medieval fortifications and oysters.
The island that time forgot. Mljet doesn't have any grand harbor towns or seaside resorts, but it does have pristine nature. Here, two interconnected turquoise saltwater lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests. On the larger lake, there's a tiny islet, capped by a 12th-century Benedictine monastery.
Dubrovnik is growing ever-popular as a Hollywood backdrop. 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' saw spaceships exploding through its historic streets, while cult HBO series 'Game of Thrones' has turned Dubrovnik into fantasy attraction. The latest production to land Dubrovnik a starring role is Otto Bathurst's 'Robin Hood.'
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