Essential tips for walking the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walking the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik was something I really looked forward to in Dalmatia… 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 Game of Throne 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.

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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

THE ANCIENT CITY WALLS OF DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

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, a 25 m high wall that runs almost 2 km surrounds the old town of Dubrovnik. Aside from the Game Of Thrones locations, I had the city walls at the top of my must-see-in-Dubrovnik list.

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Entrance to the Old Town

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Me & Mr. Parrot selfie

DUBROVNIK CITY WALLS

The walls in 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.

Dubrovnik’s city 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.

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The most popular photo spot from the walls

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Pirate ship ahoy!

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Entrance to one of the churches

There are three access points to the walls in 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.

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The second most popular photo spot from the walls

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik from the sea-side

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik from the mainland side

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Walking the old city walls in 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!

Walking the old city walls in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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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2 Comments

  1. Silvia of Heart My Backpack October 10, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    Your photos just get better and better! I didn’t have time to go to Dubrovnik when I was in Croatia, but you definitely make it look beautiful 🙂

    • Miriam October 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much. It means a lot to hear you say that <3

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