Dubrovnik recently nabbed the AFAR Travelers’ Choice Awards destination for Cultural Capital—and for good reason. Perched above the cerulean waters of the Adriatic Sea, Croatia’s coastal stunner is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meandering limestone streets lined with red-roofed houses welcome visitors with a laidback, unhurried attitude. There aren’t many places where you truly feel like you’ve stepped back into an ancient kingdom, but Dubrovnik’s Old Town will give you just that feeling.

For a glimpse of the amazing natural and manmade wonders that await you in Dubrovnik, we sent AFAR ambassador Charissa Fay to explore the Dalmation Coast along with the perfect travel companion: the Nikon Z 7, ready to capture the spirit of a place thanks to its portable, lightweight mirrorless design. Check out Charissa's photo journey along with tips on how to capture similar shots on your next trip:

 

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Jumping into the clear-blue Adriatic Sea from the popular cliffside Buza Bar.  The Z 7 has 9 frames per second, so you can capture the exact moment you want, in full resolution that makes your subject pop against a crisp background.

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Overlooking the Stradun promenade from Dubrovnik's City Walls at night. The Z 7’s incredible high ISO, EXPEED 6 processor with noise reduction allows for handheld shots in very low light situations.

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Panoramic views overlooking Old Town and Lokrum Island are the highlights of a walk atop Dubrovnik's City Walls.

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Capturing the rich colors and textures of produce at the daily Farmer's Market in Dubrovnik's Gundulić Square was easy thanks to the Z 7’s lightweight, mirrorless design that allows for discreet shooting in busy areas. 

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Looking down on the cliffside Buza Bar, a perfect spot for drinks, from the old Dubrovnik City Walls.

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A local seafood lunch of mussels in fragrant tomato broth in Dubrovnik Old Town.

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Sweeping views of the entire Dubrovnik Old Town and Old Marina can be found atop Mount Srđ.

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Watching the crowds on the Stradun, the main pedestrian promenade, from Dubrovnik's City Walls.