Croatia has become increasingly popular in recent years, and more travelers are discovering the charms of this small country. Sightseeing in Croatia includes a spectacular and beautiful coastline, medieval castles on hills, unspoiled walled towns, and Roman ruins. Croatia attracts about 14 million tourists each year from Europe and around the world, and these numbers seem set to increase.

Although there are plenty of options for sightseeing in Croatia, one of the country’s biggest attractions is the walled city of Dubrovnik, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The city has recovered from the damage it suffered during the sieges of 1991 and 1992 and once again welcomes visitors from around the world. If you haven’t been to Dubrovnik before and it still looks familiar, the city has featured in the television series “Game of Thrones.”

One of the best ways to see Dubrovnik is by walking the 13th century walls, which are some of the best preserved in Europe. The walls stretch for almost 1.3 miles and are almost 20 feet thick in places. The towers and turrets that can still be seen today were designed to protect the city from attack, by land or by sea. St. John’s Fort, built in the 16th century, contains an aquarium and maritime museum. It takes about an hour to walk the full circuit and the views over the town and the Adriatic are stunning.

Just about all Dubrovnik’s major sights are located within the city walls, as well as many of the best hotels, restaurants and shops. The town has several important historical sights, including the Franciscan monastery with its 30,000 volume library, and the Pile Gate, one of several gates allowing access into the city. Dubrovnik also has several museums, including War Photo which documents photojournalism, with an emphasis on the conflict of the 1990s. The Old Town also contains several fascinating churches, several fountains and a wealth of architectural detail. Shopping is excellent in Dubrovnik, and the town is the ideal place to buy locally made handicrafts; Dubrovnik also boasts one of Eastern Europe’s oldest pharmacies.

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