Dubrovnik has to be one of the best preserved historical towns standing by the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The Old Town of Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is nothing short of a time capsule, taking you back centuries to its heyday as a great mercantile port. Standing at the foothills of Mount Srdj, beside the Dalmatian coast, the town’s natural landscape is just as impressive as its heritage architecture. Parts of the old sea fort rise right from the town’s waterfront precinct, complete with a massive tower, fortified walls, beautiful palaces and churches. Must visit monuments include the St. Blaise Church with its grand Baroque architecture, the Sponza Palace from the Renaissance period, and the Rector’s Palace, which is a museum today. A cable car ride up to Mount Srdj is worth the panoramic view of the city spread out beneath. Settle down at the pedestrian only town square lined with eateries, enjoying black risotto and the local rožata pudding.
Hotel Kazbek is located in the bay of Gruz, just a short drive away from the Old Town. Enter through a large wooden gate and walk into a stone-walled castle, built in 1573, that has been renovated keeping most of the original building intact.