Dubrovnik is an historic town on the Dalmatian coast of southern Croatia, and one of the most popular destinations on the Adriatic Sea. A UNESCO World Heritage town, Dubrovnik (map) can trace its history back to the 7th century AD and through the centuries came under the control of, amongst others, the Byzantines, Venetians and the Austrian Habsburgs. The most striking sight when any visitor approaches Dubrovnik is the impressive fortifications which protect the Old Town. Today’s massive walls and towers were built primarily between the 12th and 17th centuries, and are open to visitors. Walking the walls of Dubrovnik – in some parts as much as 6 meters thick! – is, in my book, the best way to get a great overview of the town.
Walking the Dubrovnik walls
The almost 2 kilometer walk on the Dubrovnik walls takes visitors full circle around the Old Town and offers breathtaking views of the town’s terracotta rooftops, its church towers, lanes and of course, the spectacular cliffs. Games of Thrones fans will recognise the walls from scenes of King’s Landing in the series. Check out my video below of the views from the Dubrovnik walls:
Views from the walls of Dubrovnik
The walk itself is relatively easy for anyone with a good physical condition and can be done in 1-2 hours, depending on your pace. Entrance tickets can be purchased at various points but I suggest starting/ending your walk at the Gate of Pile, the Old Town’s main entrance. There are some steep parts (stairs) during the walk but the path is pretty flat in most areas. There are also stops you can make for a drink or a sit in the shade at various points along the way. I suggest walking the walls in the morning or late-afternoon, when it’s cooler and to avoid the day-trippers. The views are absolutely amazing so take your time! To escape the afternoon heat, join this sunset guided walk along the walls. Scroll down to view my photos taken as I walked along the walls.
To enjoy a panoramic view of Dubrovnik, I recommend taking the cable-car from the Old Town up to Srd Hill.
Tours in Dubrovnik