Walking the walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik… It was my last stop in Croatia and one of the places I was most keen on visiting. As an enthusiastic Game of Thrones fan, I was stoked to visit the real-life King’s Landing and walk the same streets as Tyrion Lannister, my favorite GOT character of all time. He’s such a badass.

Dubrovnik is a lot more than King’s Landing, though. It’s also an ancient, really charming and warm city with an amazing view over the blue Adriatic sea. No wonder it’s known as the Pearl of the Adriatic.


I quickly found out that the best way to experience the city is from above, or in other words: from the city walls of Dubrovnik. See, the old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by a 25 m high wall that runs almost 2 km. Aside from the Game Of Thrones locations, which I’m writing more about in my next post, I had the city walls at the top of my must-see-in-Dubrovnik list.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Entrance to the Old Town


Dubrovnik, Croatia

Me & Mr. Parrot selfie



The walls of Dubrovnik cover two sides: the sea-side and the mainland side. The latter is a bit more challenging with steps up and down, but it’s easily conquered whether you’re in good shape or not.

The walls were built in the 10th century to protect the city from attacks, and in 1970 they were added to the UNESCO world heritage list. They consist of a complex combination of towers, bastions, forts and fortresses. And, during the most turbulent times, the city of Dubrovnik was defended with 120 cannons from the city walls. Some of them are still up there.

The walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The most popular photo spot from the walls

The walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pirate ship ahoy!

The walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Entrance to one of the churches

There are three access points to the walls of Dubrovnik; one close to the Dominican Monastery, one close to the Maritime Museum at Fort St. John and one at Pile Gate. Most visitors use the last one, which is also the only place to get an audio guide. It didn’t seem necessary to have a guide at the walls so I went without, but that’s just me.



Dubrovnik, Croatia

The second most popular photo spot from the walls


Dubrovnik from the sea-side


Dubrovnik from the mainland side


Dubrovnik, Croatia

This travel blogger is lovin’ it

I spent a few hours walking the walls and took a gazillion photos before I headed back down to the Old Town. Of all the fun things I did in Dubrovnik, this was one of the best!


Opening hours: From 09:00 to 18:30 depending on the season

Entrance fee: $15

Best time to visit: May to October

How much time to spend: 1-2 hours. Go early in the morning or late in the                     afternoon to avoid the crowds and the heat

Bring bottles of water. There are a few kiosks at the wall, but they’re expensive

Many thanks to Dubrovnik Tourist Board for generously hosting me in Dubrovnik, and thanks to Visit Croatia for accommodating me. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Dubrovnik is a lot more than Game of Thrones locations. It's also an ancient, really charming and warm city with an amazing view over the blue Adriatic sea. No wonder it's known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. Here's a guide to walking the walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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I’m Miriam Risager, and this site has been my scrap-book, playground and home since 2013. I launched this blog as a way to share my journey, as well as share the hows, whys and wheres for other travelers.