Dubrovnik's UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city
Comparisons with Venice are not uncommon – undoubtedly a compliment, and a nod to the Renaissance churches and palazzo-style buildings that appear around every corner you turn, but Dubrovnik’s UN Heritage-listed old town has a charm and character all of its own. After a walk along the city walls, dive headlong into the old town’s lively streets. A promenade of the Placa – the city’s most elegant stretch – is compulsory, the marble-decked street home to fine religious buildings, restaurants, and picturesquely punctuated with fountains and statues. But be sure to explore beyond the main drag as well: Dubrovnik’s manageable core is an urban explorer’s paradise, and gaining a portrait of day-to-day life among its quieter corners is endlessly fascinating, the harmony of the old town’s architecture remarkable.