Huddled at the base of a rugged mountainside, the elegant city of Dubrovnik is Croatia's irresistibly beautiful star attraction. Lapped by the glittering Adriatic Sea, its sturdy walls encircle white marble streets and Baroque churches; off the coast lie wooded islands with extensive, rocky beaches and crystal-clear seas. Taken from the Rough Guides Snapshot, these are our favourite things to do in Dubrovnik and the surrounding area:
Walk Dubrovnik’s city walls: a well trodden walkway follows the full circuit of the battlements providing the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy the city’s medieval and Baroque splendours.
Discover the Dominican monastery: in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, this monastery’s quiet cloister harbours a small but stunning collection of Renaissance art.
Take the boat to Lokrum:this densely wooded islet, a short boat ride from Dubrovnik, is the perfect place for a sunbathe or a stroll.
Scale Mount Srđ: climb the peak overlooking Dubrovnik by cable car or on foot to enjoy fantastic views of the coast.
Experience Dubrovnik’s summer festival: this annual cultural shindig brings top class drama and music to the Old Town’s courtyards and fortresses.
Explore Trsteno: these Renaissance gardens, perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, provide an ideal excuse for an out of town excursion.
Take a trip to Mljet: this lush, forested island has an easily strollable network of paths encircling its two saltwater lakes.
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