Dubrovnik & Montenegro

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    View of Dubrovnik Old City

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    Enjoy off-the-beaten-track travel? Savor this photo tour of Dubrovnik and Montenegro, neighbors on the Adriatic Coast, by Rick Aronstein.

    Dubrovnik, also known as "The Pearl of the Adriatic," is one of the top destinations in Croatia.

    Dubrovnik is a popular resort city for romantic getaways, offering a variety of attractions, including the medieval old city, beaches, and surrounding islands. Its beauty is no secret to the thousands of tourists from all over the world who flock the old city every day, arriving by plane, bus, and cruise ship.

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    Dubrovnik's Old City Harbor

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    The harbor of Old City in Dubrovnik provides a lovely setting for a welcome meal, which typically consists of local seafood, pasta, and wine.

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    Dubrovnik Buza

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    This is one of the stunning rocky beaches built into the walls of Old Town.

    Here you can sun on the rocks, take a swim in the clear blue sea, and sip a beverage while taking in stunning views of the beautiful Adriatic.

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    Dubrovnik's Old Town Square

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    Dubrovnik's main sights are within the town walls.

    Stradun Placa is the town's main thorougfare, where you can find small museums, shops, cafes, and restaurants. This medieval stone town is charming, and can get busy during the days in the summer.

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    Stradun Placa

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    Stradun Placa has been beautifully restored after the city was left in tatters following conflicts between Serbs and Croats in the early 1990s.

    Today, tourists experience Dubrovnik as a charming, world-class resort city.

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    Café in Old City

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    Cafes beckon those lucky enough to stay in Dubrovnik overnight.

    As the evening progresses, live entertainment abounds and streets fill with revelers and couples enjoying the romantic setting.

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    Dubrovnik City Walls

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    The Old City is surrounded by walls which protected the city for centuries, up to the recent war.

    Today, walking these walls around the city is the city's biggest attraction for tourists. The entire walk takes about an hour at a leisurely pace.

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    Dubrovnik Swimming Cove

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    Secret swimming spots abound outside of the Old City walls. Can you see the swimmers in the clear blue Adriatic below?

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    Perast, Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

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    Perast is a lovely little village with distinctive Venetian architecture. Rent a car, and go.

    Visitors can hike up the town's staircase or climb the bell tower. There also are cafes on the harbor to take in the beautiful scenery.

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    Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

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    Sightseeing in the Bay of Kotor provides a fantastic day trip from Dubrovnik.

    Montenegro's scenery is striking, with the dramatic fjord, charming little villages, and the old city of Kotor.

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    Bay of Kotor, Fjord

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    The mountains drop right into the sea, making this some of the region's most stunning scenery.

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    Kotor, Montenegro

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    Kotor is not as polished for tourists as Dubrovnik, which is part of its appeal.

    It is also a relief to find that there are some bargains to be had in this region. The town should be explored by just wandering around. If you're in great shape, try to tackle the walls right above the old city.

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    Kotor Walls

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    Like Dubrovnik, Kotor is also protected on all sides by walls.

    Climbing these may a bit too rigorous for some. Still, they make a great backdrop visitors can happily enjoy from afar.

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    Steep Kotor Walls

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    This view shows the steepness of the walls in Kotor.

    In all, there are three miles of walls in Kotor, built from the 9th to the 19th centuries. Good luck with the 1,500 steps. We'll meet you at the bottom!

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    Serbian Orthodox Church

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    Serbian Orthodox churches dot the old city.

    St. Luke's Church dates back to the 12th century.