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IT'S a beautiful city in an amazing country and, best of all, it's heaving with young people from all over the world.

Now is the time to head to Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Young travellers are discovering the city again after years of depression caused by war in the region.

This recent history makes a journey to the city even more worthwhile in terms of understanding the Balkan situation and helping to regenerate a much-needed tourism industry.

Dubrovnik's walled city is the scene of the famous summer drama festival where artists such as Goran Visnjic perform Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Steeped in history, the city was founded in the 7th century and is surrounded by 2km of stone walls built between the 11th and 17th centuries. Through its long history, Dubrovnik was an independent republic proud of its freedom.

There are many palaces, churches, monasteries, museums and other monuments of cultural and historical heritage in the Old City. The Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik Museum and Cathedral Traesury can all be seen on a walking tour.

CITY OF YOUTH: Alongside these ancient relics, the streets are lined with young people. With its great tradition in tourism, Dubrovnik offers a special atmosphere during the day, but especially in the evening when the narrow streets are full of voices, lights and music.

A huge variety of restaurants, bars and clubs are open until early morning, making great nightlife in a wonderful climate.

The summer festival (from mid-July to mid-August) attracts not only great performers and performances, but stars like Daniel Day-Louis, Armand Assante, Bernie Ecclestone and Ivana Trump amongst others.

Euro<26 cardholders have many great opportunities to use their card and save money. Museums and galleries, restaurants and pizzerias, coffee shops and bars all offer discounts. Most of these are in Prijeko Street - parallel to Stradun, the main street in the Old City - and in Ulica Bana Jelacica.

The Montovijerna area, about 1 km out of the Old City, is more commonly known as Bourbon Street and it really comes alive in the late evening.

Here, Dubrovnik Youth Hostel is open all year around and hailed as one of the best places to stay in the region. In July and August and at New Year, the hostel is mostly full, so make your booking in advance.

New Year's Eve in Dubrovnik is crazy - CNN cited it as one of the best 10 places in the world for the Millennium parties.

CONTACTS:You can ask for an updated list of local and national Euro<26 discounts at the youth hostel. If you need to check-out your e-mail, you can go to Dunet Club (Put Republike 7/I) and get 20 per cent discount for all Internet services. There are also discounts at boutiques and gift-shops.

GETTING AROUND: Situated on a glorious coastline, there are many great trips you can make from Dubrovnik. Highly recommended is a boat trip to Island of Lokrum, situated just in front of the Old City. Its beaches, old monastery and botanical gardens are breathtaking.

You can also go cruising. The tourist boat Marina in Gruz Harbour will offer you a 10 per cent discount if you are cardholder and shipping company Jadrolinija offer 25 per cent discount on all tickets. Using the local buses you can travel to Ston in the north or Cavtat in the south, beautiful small towns where you can taste good wines and tuck into superb fresh food.

All travel agencies, hotels and youth hostels have a free monthly city guide with tourist and cultural information.

HOW TO GET THERE: Dubrovnik is situated on the Adriatic Coast and connected to other Croatian coastal cities as well as some Greek and Italian harbour destinations, by good, fast ferry services.

You can reach it by plane,too. There are some direct flights from European cities, but you can go there also via Zagreb.

If you travel by car or by bus, follow the amazing Croatian coast from the north to the south and you can't miss it.

For more info visit: Croatian Tourist Info - www.htz.hr

Dubrovnik Tourist Info - www.dubrovnik.laus.hr

Euro<26 - www.euro26.org
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