Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic
This fond moniker was apparently given to this Southern Croatian city by Nobel-winning writer George Bernard Shaw, who wasn’t wrong. Dubrovnik really is as pretty as a pearl.
The ancient Old Town of Dubrovnik is especially beautiful. Unfortunately, for me personally at least, Dubrovnik is extremely over-run by tourists, mostly either elderly people or teenagers, both groups apparently lured by sunshine and cheap beer more than cultural heritage and the charmingly laid-back lifestyle of the Croatian coast.
A Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik
Nowadays the city is getting even more visitors, thanks in part to HBO’s Game of Thrones, which has largely been filmed in and around the city. I can’t blame those looking for a magically medieval experience – walking around the old walled-in city really feels like you’re walking in a role-playing game. Except with drunken Swedish tourists and laminated restaurant menus with pictures of the food.
Nevertheless, Dubrovnik has a way of charming each visitor. There is still a lot of authenticity left here, and it’s definitely worth a visit. It is the pearl of the Adriatic, after all…