This terracotta-topped town is among the Adriatic's most striking sights. Enter through its medieval gates to discover a maze-like city peppered with monasteries, palaces, towers and fortifications. Dubrovnik was once a wealthy city of merchants, and today it is rich once more, thanks to the hulking cruise ships that arrive each summer.
Agatha Christie spent her honeymoon in Dubrovnik.
In peak season, Placa Stradun – Dubrovnik's main drag – bristles with vendors and street musicians. The tangled streets and alleyways become frantic with visitors, as do major attractions like Sponza Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. However, it is always possible to seek solace in a quiet corner away from the centre. The perfect ending to a trip to Dubrovnik is a stroll around the city walls. From up here, visitors can gaze upon the famous rooftops, and watch the Mediterranean waves lap at Dubrovnik's very edge.