Dubrovnik is a one-town tourist industry on its own. As stunning as the clear blue sea around it, the former centre of the independent Republic of Ragusa invites superlatives and attracts the lion’s share of year-round visitors. When a foreigner thinks of Croatia, he thinks of Dubrovnik’s proud, pristine fortifications set on an azure background. The travel brochure covers need little touching up. Anti-clockwise currents running up the coast from Albania mean that the Adriatic is crystal clear here.
Dubrovnik has the cream of Croatia’s five-star hotels and attracts the most notable celebrities. With the opening of the cablecar to Mount Srđ and continuing talk of a golf course, Dubrovnik is expanding its attractions beyond the Old Town.