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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is a small coastal town located on the southern tip of Croatia. One of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The perfectly preserved Old Town is full of breathtaking Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque palaces, churches and monasteries, while the pristine beaches and thriving art and culture scene provide plenty of opportunities for the entire family. Game of Thrones enthusiasts will be thrilled roaming around the city that has served as the main filming location for King’s Landing.

How to get there:

One can arrive at Dubrovnik’s international airport via Turkish Airlines or Emirates from Pakistan, with layovers in Istanbul and Dubai respectively. The journey will take between 12 to 15 hours, including transit time.

Where to stay:

Housed in a former 1913 royal villa and built to take full advantage of a west-facing view of the glorious Old Town, the recently revamped Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is truly magnificent. It has been welcoming famous guests from the start, including Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor. With tranquil gardens, a private beach, three restaurants offering cinematic views of the Adriatic, an indoor swimming pool, plus a glamorous spa and fitness centre, the luxury hotel provides its guests with an unforgettable stay.

What to do:

A walk along the ancient city walls, leisurely excursions around the pedestrian-only Old Town, and a cable car ride up to Mount Srd for panoramic views of the Adriatic are must-dos. A green oasis just a short boat hop from Dubrovnik’s Old Town, the island of Lokrum is a nature park, and a popular swimming spot among locals. Sea kayaking is a popular half-day activity here. Fans of Game of Thrones might recognize Lokrum as one of the settings for the iconic TV series. Banje Beach is the most popular of the city’s many beaches, with plenty of action in terms of beach activities, food and drink.  For those wanting to escape the summer crowds, a boat trip to the Elaphiti Islands, with its hidden coves and sandy beaches, provides a welcome respite.

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