A walk along Dubrovnik's famous city walls that surrounds the Old Town is a unique and wonderful experience and a must-do when visiting Dubrovnik.
The walls are 1,940 metres long and you can walk all the way around them (it usually takes about 2 hours). However, you can climb down after half way. During this walk you will explore Dubrovnik from a new and different angle.
You will climb the highest point of Dubrovnik's Old Town - the rounded Minceta Fortress, from where you can enjoy amazing views over the city's red roofs and St John's Fortress, housing the Aquarium and Maritime Museum, which is located at the entrance of the Old Harbour. Don't miss Lovrijenac Fortress which is located across the city walls and rises up on a 37 metre high cliff.
Walking along the southern section of the city's walls you can enjoy a view of the sailing boats and kayakers as they pass by. You will also see Buza beach - a rocky spot beneath the city walls - this is a unique hidden place for swimming and sunbathing. Along this section of the walls there are several cafés (ideal for a short break) as well as souvenir shops offering authentic Croatian souvenirs. As you walk along the walls you will also enjoy views over Stradun - the main street crowded with tourists during the summer season. At the very end of Stradun you will come across the Bell Tower which is 31 metres high and features two bronze figures, known as the Zelenci.
You can choose to walk the city walls on your own or take a private or group guided tour during which you will hear the stories and facts that make up over 1,400 years of Dubrovnik's history. Some of Dubrovnik's sites have been used as settings for the popular TV series "Game of Thrones". A special treat for fans of this series is the "Game of Thrones" guided tour in which you'll get to know the fictional city of King's Landing while exploring Dubrovnik's UNESCO listed Old Town.
Once you enter Stradun through the Pile Gate, there is an office on the
right-hand side where you can purchase tickets for the City Walls tour. Tickets can be paid by credit cards or Croatian kunas - no Euros accepted. The main entrance to the walls is located on the left-hand
side. You can save when buying Dubrovnik Card which include free visit to City walls.
Dubrovnik City Walls are open all year round except on 25th of December (Christmas Day).
There are three entrances to the City walls: the entrance by Inner Pile Gate (main entrance), the entrance by St Lucas Fortress (St Dominic's street) and the entrance by St John's Fortress. If
you do not wish to tour the entire length of the city walls, you can
end the tour at any of these entrance points. The walk on the walls
usually lasts from ninety minutes to two hours. Take into consideration that you will have to climb the stairs of some
parts of the City walls, so put on some comfortable shoes. Make
sure to bring a bottle of water with you for refreshment and to protect
your head, as during the tour you will be exposed to plenty of sun. For a
more pleasant experience, an early morning (as early as possible) or
late afternoon (starting from approximately 5 p.m.) walk is recommended.
Ticket for the City walls tour is valid for sightseeing at Fortress Lovrijenac. Do not miss the opportunity to visit Lovrijenac Fortress
which offers a magnificent view of the Pile Gate and Old Town. You can
get to the fortress by climbing the stairs located by the bus stop at
Pile Gate entrance.
Please be sure to exercise caution during the tour. Don't do anything that would endanger yourself or others.
FROM OLD CITY PORT (for cruise passengers from ships anchoring in front of the Old Town): After leaving the port turn right and walk along St Dominic street until you reach St Lucas Fortress.
FROM GRUZ PORT (for cruise passengers from ships docking at the new port): Take any city bus to the Old Town and ride it until the last stop. Get off the bus and walk through the Pile Gate. When you step to Stradun turn right and you will find an office from where you can purchase City walls tickets. The entrance to the walls is located to the left.
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