The historic and beautiful town of Dubrovnik has re-emerged as a cosmopolitan destination for travellers looking for something just a little different - medieval charm, Mediterranean sun and laid-back sophistication.
Don't leave without tasting the black squid risotto or oysters from the seafood restaurants in the Old Town.
Dubrovnik has some wonderful restaurants, ranging from gourmet palaces to simple cafes. The local food is based on the fresh produce of the Mediterranean, featuring seafood and plenty of Italian influences. Grilled meats, stews and goulash, pasta, roasted vegetables, and a variety of sweet pastries, including baclava, feature on the menus. Apart from the extremely strong local spirit, rakija, you'll find some good value local wines from the Peljesac Peninsula and from Kanve. Look out for delicious strong coffee in the traditional coffee houses.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik is home to many artisan craftspeople specialising in domestic crafts. Good purchases are tablecloths, linens, napkins, traditional dolls, hand-made cosmetics from the Franciscan monastery, wine and other textiles. Local tradition has it that the necktie was invented in Croatia.
Rector's PalaceA beautiful Renaissance palace housing a fascinating museum and art gallery; it's often used for concerts due to its superb acoustics.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin MaryThis magnificent cathedral replaced the original which was built with money donated by Richard the Lionheart.
Sponza PalaceThis is a perfect example of Dubrovnik's unique melding of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Today it houses the city archives.
Fort LovrijenacDubrovnik's instantly recognisable fortress has been defending the city since the 11th-century, though in more recent years it has been used as a theatre.
Franciscan MonasteryThis beautiful monastery has a stunning baroque church attached, the oldest pharmacy in the world and its own museum.
Orofrios Great FountainThis marvel of engineering was built in the 15th century with an aqueduct to bring fresh water to the city from a spring 20km away. Still a drinking fountain it is a great place to stop and people watch.
Must DoTake a stroll up and down the Placa Stradun, the city's main thoroughfare, particularly in the early evening when the locals come out to promenade.
For the best views of the city, take a walk around the top of the medieval city walls.
Enjoy an afternoon on the beach at the Lapad Peninsula, a small wooded area just outside the city that is a popular beauty spot.
Take a ferry to the island of Lokrum to see the monastery, fort and botanical gardens - and fabulous views of the city on your return.
For those interested in sailing, Dubrovnik makes the perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful Croatian coastline.