• By avoiding peak season, Dubrovnik offers an intimate insight into the history of this historic city
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  • Raphael Zoren takes us through his favourite medieval city in Europe

Raphael Zoren from Journey wonders takes us through his experience in Croatia.

For me, one of the best experiences in terms of travel was my visit to Croatia during the cold winter months. From frozen waterfalls in Plitvice to the peace and tranquillity of having Dubrovnik only for myself since tourists rarely visit the Pearl of the Adriatic during the off-season.

Dubrovnik is by far, my favourite medieval city of all Europe. However, the main problem is the fact that it is swarmed by tourists during the high season which is Summer. In winter, on the other hand, no one really visits it and some restaurants and hotels even close their doors. This, of course, means that you will be able to enjoy all of the cultural and culinary wonders of the city with the tranquillity that you deserve.

My favourite activity there was just to take a long peaceful walk atop the old city walls in order to watch the sunset while drinking a nice glass of red wine. The entrance fee to access the city walls is fairly low (around 10 euros) and you can stay on top of them as long as you want. It probably won't take you more than one hour to go from end to the other and then back since Dubrovnik is fairly small and yet, I fully recommend you to stay until the sunset hours in order to watch how the yellow ball of light becomes red as it hides behind the waves of the ocean. 

If you're looking for the best vacation ever, Croatia in the Winter is one of the best choices you could possibly make. The problem with travel these days is that we both want to have an intimate unique experience at the same time that we want to go to the top popular places. Travelling during the low season solves this problem since the lack of mass tourism will allow you to truly understand what it means to be a local in Croatia: from old ladies selling flowers at the markets to teenagers making out next to the city walls. Romance is in the air and Dubrovnik is the place where you'll find it in every corner.

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