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This Ancient European City Is One Of The Safest Destinations To Visit In Europe Right Now

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If there’s one thing that remains constant in the ever-changing world of travel, it’s the need to feel safe and at ease – after all, exploring someplace new needs to be as peaceful and relaxing as it is exciting.

Unfortunately, not all destinations, no matter how stunning or enticing, are made the same when it comes to the peace of mind they promise their visitors.

woman overlooking dubrovnik, croatia

It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling alone or with a big group of people; the level of security you’ll feel in your destination of choice can make or break the entire experience, so doing your due diligence beforehand is of the essence.

That’s why Travel Off Path recently compiled a data-backed list of the absolute safest places to visit in Europe in 2024, and among the many destinations that boasted low crime rates and a high sense of security, one country is home to one of the most stunning ancient cities travelers can visit in Europe right now.

One Of Europe’s Best Destinations For Solo Travelers

Solo travelers have always loved Dubrovnik, and for good reason.

dubrovnik port

Not only are the locals welcoming and the weather dreamy, but the city boasts the type of quiet, safe atmosphere that’s become harder and harder to find in larger hotspots across the world.

The U.S. government has named Croatia as a whole a Level 1 Travel Advisory country, which means that those visiting the stunning European hub anytime soon won’t have to worry about taking any extra measures beyond what they’d usually do.

woman in dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, in particular, boasts a remarkably low crime index of just 11.32 (in comparison, the same source has found that the crime index in New York is a little over 50), but recent trends show that even that impressively low number has been on the decline throughout these last years.

The Perfect Budget-Friendly City Break

The reason why this Croatian gem often has the upper hand over similar (and just as safe) destinations of its kind, is that you’ll be hard-pressed to find Dubrovnik-level prices in any of these other places.

woman eating a meal in a dubrovnik restaurant

That’s why so many digital nomads are flocking to the stunning Balkan city in search of a better quality of life – here, you can revel in the Mediterranean sunshine, take in the lively city scene, and indulge in the fantastic local cuisine, all while staying within budget.

Even if you’re visiting Dubrovnik for just a couple of days or weeks, though, you can still take advantage of the reasonable local prices.

View Of A Line Of Boats Lined On A Marina In Cavtat, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Seen From The Walls Of A Historic Monument, Croatia, South Eastern Europe

According to Numbeo, an inexpensive meal in the city costs only 13€, a cappuccino 2.68€, and a 1-mile taxi ride just 1.07€.

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So Much History And Culture To Explore

Balkan cities, in general, are so rich in culture and history that their reputation as off-the-beaten-path destinations where little happens is entirely untrue, and Dubrovnik, in particular, is a treasure trove of attractions where you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck.

This is one of those places where you’ll need to spend more than just one or two days to get just how fascinating and diverse the city truly is – the Old Town, the Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Rector's Palace, and Fort Lovrijenac are all must-sees.

dubrovnik old town

History buffs can marvel at Dubrovnik’s medieval walls, the Franciscan Monastery, the Minceta Tower, and the timeless charm of the Sveti Jakov Cathedral, whereas culture seekers can explore the Dubrovnik Art Gallery, the Marin Držić House, and Revelin Culture Club, just to name a few.

A Year-Round Hotspot

I can’t even begin to describe how perfect the mild, 4-season weather in Dubrovnik is for those who want to travel year-round, and whether you're looking to explore the gorgeous Dalmatian coast or revel in the warmth of the Croatian sun even in the dead of winter, the city is sure to exceed even your wildest expectations.

Beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Being a coastal city, Dubrovnik experiences that typical Mediterranean weather travelers have come to know and love, and here, you’ll find some of the most underrated beaches in all of Europe. 

The pristine shores of Dubrovnik are just as (if not more) stunning as some of the world-famous beaches people flock to in Italy or Spain, and for what you'll be paying, the experience will feel like a steal.

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