Cavtat into Dubrovnik
Our first night we stayed 20 km down the coast from Dubrovnik in the pretty village of Cavtat (sounds like Savtat). Being probably more touristy than most of the places we stayed & staying in a hotel, it cost us a little more but set us off on a gentle start (& was only 4 km from the airport). Generally we stayed in small low key premises to try & experience the local culture.
Dubrovnik was held under seige in the 1990's war (mainly by reservist Montenegrins who were 'tricked' by Serbia). It was terribly damaged but has received significant funding & is largely restored.The old city (Strada Nova) is small, walled & medieval. One main street has many narrow streets leading off it.