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. See, the old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by a 25 m high wall that runs almost 2 km. Aside from the GOT 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 FROM ABOVE
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.
There are three access points to the walls; 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.
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!
Have you been to Dubrovnik?
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