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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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On the beautiful Adriatic coast sits the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, where medieval ramparts encircle a tight maze of narrow streets and ornate stone buildings. The walls, completed in the 13th century, have a circumference of more than a mile and a half, and along with the Old City, have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
What is now modern-day Croatia has its roots in the ancient Dubrovnik Republic, and many exquisite structures dating back to the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries dot the venerable Old City. Down the broad, stone-paved main street known as the Stradun you'll find the impressive Sonza Palace with its columned courtyard, as well as the Rector's Palace, once the seat of government during the republic's independent era. Here you can see how the aristocracy once lived as you view the ornate interiors and collections of medals, heralds and arms.

Among the city's most inspiring sites are the Franciscan Monastery, at once decorative and serene; the Dominican Monastery, which hosts a fine collection of Renaissance treasures; and the magnificent Dubrovnik Cathedral with its ornate architectural detail. Nearby, the 14th century Pharmacy, considered the oldest working pharmacy in Europe, features a fascinating display of antique apothecary jars, medical texts, healing recipes and works of gold and embroidery.

Journey along the Croatian coastline past picturesque villages and panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the Adriatic, and discover the seaside resort of Cavtat. A favorite destination for sailors and yachtsman, Cavtat was the honeymoon destination of England's Edward VIII and Wallace Simpson. The attractive promenade along the water is a postcard-perfect spot for shopping, dining and soaking up the sea.

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