Walking the walls of Dubrovnik

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An aerial view of Dubrovnik – the walls can clearly be seen encircling the Old Town.

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 as the almost 2 kilometer walk 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:

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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! Scroll down to view my photos taken as I walked along the walls.

The impressive walls of Dubrovnik.

The impressive walls of Dubrovnik.

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A panorama of the Old Town of Dubrovnik from the walls.

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A view of the St. Lawrence fortress and the coast from the walls.

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St. Lawrence or Lovrijenac Fortress perched high on a cliff. Its walls are up to 12 meters thick!

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You’ll also see the ‘secret’ cliff bar from the walls – try to find its entrance as it’s a great place for a drink!

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The old harbour of Dubrovnik. From here, you can take a boat to neighbouring islands or go on a coastal tour.

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The walls leading up to the Minceta Tower, the highest point of the walls.

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4 Responses to “Walking the walls of Dubrovnik”

  1. Keith Jenkins 06/07/2016 11:03 am
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    Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for your comment. It really is, as you say, a small stunning city. So glad I got to visit!

    Cheers,
    Keith

  2. Claudia 06/07/2016 9:57 am
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    It is a stunning small city. I truly enjoyed it and would love to go back. It was a really sunny day when I walked along the walls (after lots of rain the day before) so it was all the more enjoyable!

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