The city of Dubrovnik Croatia transports you back in time with its vibrant buildings and medieval architecture. While exploring inside the Dubrovnik walls is fun in itself, you won’t truly understand the greatness of this Croatian city until you see it from above. The first time you look out to Fort Lovrijenac and the Adriatic Sea, you’ll be absolutely mesmerized by its beauty. Walking the walls of Dubrovnik is the best way to combine sightseeing and this country’s vast history on your visit. So if you’re considering things to do in Dubrovnik make sure this is at the top of your list!
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Walking Walls of Dubrovnik Information
Starting Location: Muralles de Dubrovnik – Poljana Paška Miličevića, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hours: 8am-7:30pm or later – The closing time changes depending on the time of year.
Length: 2 km
Time Needed: 2-3 Hours
Official Website: Walls of Dubrovnik Website
Before you start your walk, the sheer size of Dubrovnik’s walls are sure to blow you away! The massive walls run uninterrupted for 6,360 feet (1940 meters) and range from 5-16 feet in thickness. As you look around this gigantic structure, you’ll see 3 circular and 14 quadrangular towers holding the walls of Dubrovnik together.
Just to the right sits Fort Lovrijenac which serves as a separate fortress and theatre. The design and strength of each part of the wall has been strategic in defending this special place for centuries. Completely encircling the city, the walls of Dubrovnik are the defining feature of what’s been coined as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.”
History of the Walls of Dubrovnik
The first known fortifications of the city date back to the 9th century during the early Middle Ages. However, most of the actual construction on Dubrovnik’s walls was between the 12-17th centuries. It was during this time that Croatia flourished in the maritime world, becoming a serious competitor to the Venetian Empire.
Since then, it has undergone a series of modifications, battles, and additions to remain one of the worlds truly remarkable feats of architecture. Imagine pulling up in battle ships and seeing this gigantic imposing structure in front of you? Better yet, think about standing guard on top of walls of Dubrovnik and seeing hundreds of ships coming towards you?
It is literally impossible not to have those thoughts while strolling along the walls of Dubrovnik! If you’re looking for more historical things to do in Dubrovnik, there’s also an abundance of interesting museums to discover.
Points of Interest on the Walls of Dubrovnik
- Main Street From Above
- Walking Over Pile Gate
- View of Fort Lovrijenac
- Fort Bokar
- Maritime Museum
- Old Port
- Chapels of Annunciation & St. Luke
- Fort Minceta
When to Walk Around the Walls of Dubrovnik
The best time to walk the walls is the morning as soon as it opens, or at the end of the day for sunset. Once the sunrise hits Dubrovnik’s walls the buildings inside will light up, showcasing the incredible colors.
The late afternoon will be equally as stunning, but prepare to be kicked off as soon as it gets towards closing time. The worst time to go would definitely be mid-day. Not only will this be the hottest point of the day in summer months, but also when it’s the most crowded from day tours and cruise ships.
Self Guided Walk Around the Walls of Dubrovnik
There are three entrances to the walls of Dubrovnik. We recommend starting at Muralles de Dubrovnik which is on your right after entering Pile gate.
Following the steep climb up the first set of steps you’ll be forced to walk counterclockwise and head towards the ocean. Once you’re on the walls you’ll have relatively free range of the area. Don’t be afraid to climb up random staircases for different views and lookout points!
Bars & Cafes on the Walls
One thing that we didn’t realize before is along the actual walk there are bars and cafes. The first couple named Buza I and Buza II are directly under the ocean wall, and offer proper tables with drinks and light meals. It should be noted that you can’t enter these through the fortifications.
However, the best one will be at the end of your walk when you’re overlooking the entire city of Dubrovnik, with the ocean far in the distance. Here you’ll find comfy seats along Dubrovnik’s walls, and a mind blowing view of the sunset.
Sunset Over the Dubrovnik Walls
After almost two hours of walking the Dubrovnik walls we found ourselves on the far side overlooking the city, Lovrijenac Fortress, and ocean.
This is the spot to be for sunset! Set near the famous Tvrđava Minčeta are pop up bars, and many places to sit and take in the view. Hands down, walking the walls was one of our favorite experiences and not to miss in Croatia.
Have any questions on walking the walls, visiting Lovrijenac, or want to share your own things to do in Dubrovnik? Please comment below!
Brigitte & Jake
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Where To Stay In Dubrovnik Croatia
Ultra Luxury – Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik – Get the luxury you’re used and all the amenities right on the doorstep of Dubrovnik old town and close to the Lovrijenac Fortress. This Hilton branch has whatever you need for a relaxing time in Croatia, while still being close to all the action.
Fun Vacation – Scalini Palace – Set right in the heart of the city, Scalini Palace is the perfect spot for couples and travelers alike. Take in the view of the city from your balcony with a glass of wine, and enjoy every aspect that Dubrovnik has to offer.
Hostel Life – Hostel Angelina Old Town – As one of the only hostels within the city walls, you won’t find a better deal for this area. Angelina old town is also located only 600 meters from Banje beach.
For more places to stay while walking the walls of Dubrovnik Croatia you can explore the latest prices here!
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