Easy to visit from the UK, it's currently enjoying major upgrades to its infrastructure and better roads, improved hotels and resorts that can be compared with the best in Europe. Food in Croatia is similar to many other central European and Mediterranean countries (pizza, pasta, meat dishes, and fish) and seafood is a speciality along the Croatian coastline. Croatia also has some excellent wines and beers; try Zagreb's Ozujsko pivo or Karlovacko pivo or Tuborg, brewed by Carlsberg Croatia. In Dalmatia, red wines such as Faros or Dingac are delicious, and you should also try Croatia's favourite plum brandy, sljivovica, - or travarica, a fragrant herbal liqueur.
Summer is, inevitably, hugely popular and great fun (especially the Dubrovnik Summer Festival) – but equally good months to come are May, June, September and October, when there are plenty of sunny days with the sea warm enough to swim, plus hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions all open, but without crowds. Nearly all Dubrovnik's main attractions are a short walk from the main square of Luza, near the Old Port. These include the Rector's Palace, the Cathedral and treasury, the Sponza Palace and the Dominican monastery.
Dubrovnik Holiday Highlights
Restaurants: Gil's - Dubrovnik's top fashionable restaurant; Nautika - fabulous views and cuisine; Kamenice – excellent fish restaurant in the old town.
Shopping - Maria Boutique (fashion); Dubrovački kantun (local speciality foods) ; Dubrovačka kuća (authentic gifts); the daily market on Gundulićeva poljana.
Cavtat – a delicious nearby seaside resort with a medieval old town, fine restaurants, Roman ruins and a top art gallery.
Local cuisine – smoked ham, cheese kept in oil, octopus salad, zelena menestra (smoked meat and cabbage stew), fried sprats and grilled sardines.
Dubrovnik cable car - climbs to the summit of Mount Srdj in around 3 minutes, for fabulous views of the town and the Adriatic.
Maritime Museum - in St John's Fortress, which guards the entrance to the old harbour.