Dubrovnik’s Old Town tells a thousand stories with its many influences from Byzantine, Greek, Austrian and Yugoslavian rule. The city’s charming vigour is apparent in its stylish, unhurried population, who mix happily with tourists on the Stradun, a gleaming thoroughfare of polished stone. You'll never tire of the harbour views: there's a reason why many of Dubrovnik's fans are repeat visitors.
A walking tour of the imposing city walls offers panoramic views over the beaches, mountains, squares and ochre rooftops. Afterwards, refresh yourself with a dip in the Adriatic from one of the city’s beaches. Explore Dubrovnik's many tiny islands by sea kayak or private boat, stopping off at Lokrum's pretty inland cove for a swim. Cool off at the Franciscan Monastery, where the sheltered cloisters are a welcome retreat. They’re best visited over lunchtime or at the end of the day when there’s often no one else around. In the evenings try sunset cocktails and traditional Dalmatian dishes at Nautika, a stylish restaurant with one of the best locations in Europe, right on the harbour.