NYT includes Dubrovnik among 45 places to go in 2012

ZAGREB, 9.1.2012.

The New York Times has recommended the southern Croatian Adriatic walled city of Dubrovnik among the 45 places to visit in 2012, describing it as "the St. Tropez of the Balkans, equal parts classic and modern."

The recommendation was made in an article entitled "The 45 Places to Go in 2012", published this past weekend. Panama, Helsinki and Myanmar topped the list, while Dubrovnik was listed in 36th place.

"The last five years have been good to Dubrovnik: as it has opened to Western tourists, its number of visitors has climbed steadily — around 10 percent a year — since the global recession hit in 2008. Often called the Jewel of the Adriatic, this seaside city features marble streets, Renaissance fountains and white sand beaches. It has also recently completed an expansion of its airport and a sleek renovation of its cable car system, offering improved city access and views.

"Meanwhile, local hoteliers compete to capture the growing stream of high-end tourists, with the 17th-century Pucic Palace, the upscale Excelsior Hotel & Spa and the gorgeous cliff top Villa Dubrovnik all seeing extensive renovations in the last few years. Newer culinary draws include the French-fusion spot Gil’s, the two-year-old Panorama and Lucin Kantun, a Croatian tapas restaurant that opened last year in the Old Town," the article said. (Hina)