Dubrovnik, ‘the Pearl of the Adriatic’ is clearly special. A magnificent curtain of walls surrounds marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. The main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, is a melange of cafés and shops with outstanding monuments at either end. Churches, monasteries and museums ornamented with finely carved stone recall an eventful history and a vibrant artistic tradition.
Serb shells devastated this UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 1991-92 sieges, but the walled city is remarkably whole. One of the few telltale reminders of those violent days is the brighter shade of orange sported by new terra-cotta roof tiles on buildings blasted in the war. You might find a tiny bullet scar if you are looking for marks of hostility, but by and large Dubrovnik is as lustrous as it was 5 centuries ago when it was a major sea power bustling with prosperous merchants and dripping with Renaissance grandeur.