From the sky, Dubrovnik appears rose gold. Terracotta roofs, creamy limestone streets and burnished domes trickle down to a long peninsula that juts into the turquoise Adriatic. With many influences from Byzantine, Greek, Austrian and Yugoslavian rule, the Old Town has a thousand tales to tell.
The city’s charming vigour is apparent in its stylish, unhurried population, who mix happily with visitors on the magnificent Stradun, a 300-metre thoroughfare of gleaming, polished stone. You'll never tire of the harbour views: there's a reason why many fans come back to their favourite luxury villas in Dubrovnik time and time again. The imposing city walls offer their own panoramic views over beaches, mountains, squares and rooftops.
But don’t neglect the sparkling Adriatic. Explore Dubrovnik's many tiny islands by sea kayak or private boat, stopping off at Lokrum's pretty inland cove for a swim. You might want to take in the Franciscan Monastery, whose sheltered cloisters are a welcome retreat. At night, don’t miss sunset cocktails and traditional Dalmatian dishes at Nautika, a slick and stylish restaurant with one of the best locations in Europe, right on Dubrovnik’s photogenic harbour.