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The Dubrovnik City Walls

Dubrovnik is located in the Southern part of Croatia and is very popular for its beautiful location on the Adriatic Sea, perfect weather, beautiful Old Town and, more recently, for being one of the filming locations of the very popular show Game of Thrones. I visited back in July this year and one of my favourite things there was walking on the city walls that surround the Old Town.

These 2-km-long walls were built in the 12th century to protect the city of Dubrovnik from unwanted guests, and are dotted with fortresses that overlook the sea and the Old Town. This protection was indeed very successful as they can be considered one of the greatest fortification systems of the Middle Ages and are incredibly well-preserved, so it is possible to walk on them and admire the city and the sea from above.

The Dubrovnik City Walls are definitely one of Dubrovnik’s main attractions, especially now that they are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and one can easily understand why they are so popular with tourists. On top of their interest from a historical point of view, they also offer a gorgeous view over the red brick roofs of the Old Town, the nearby island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea.

To visit them, you have to purchase a ticket and it is recommended to go there first thing in the morning when they open, which is what we did, to avoid the crowds of tourists that make walking there a bit harder, but also the incredibly harsh summer sun around mid-day, as there aren’t a lot of shaded spots there.

The walk along the City Walls is quite short but there are many steps and viewpoints to admire the city from, so it is easy to spend a good 2 hours there. On some places, it is also possible to sit down and have a refreshing drink, though I am pretty sure they must cost double what they’re worth!

I loved walking around there, stopping to see the sea and surrounding beaches, to take hundreds of pictures of the beautiful rooftops and of the small harbour. We went there in the morning but I bet it must be beautiful around sunset too! It was basically our first stop in Dubrovnik and I am very glad we did because it also helped me to get a better sense of direction of the city, as you can see it from above. If you are ever in Dubrovnik, I would 100% recommend you visit them!

Have you ever been to Dubrovnik and its City Walls?

Other posts about Dubrovnik:

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  2. It’s funny that the walls were built to deter unwanted guests, and now today, it’s being walked on by “unwanted guests” like ourselves, haha! I last visited Dubrovnik in 2018 and climbed the walls, and the views are stunning no matter where you are on there!

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  3. I don’t remember the walls being charged when I visited, at least some of them were free to walk. Given the narrowness of most of the streets, it is difficult to stand back for photos, from the walls the angle is better for photographing most of the monuments.

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    • Really? Maybe they changed the policy since then! I didn’t expect them to be charged and was already picturing myself going up there at different times of the day (especially at sunset) to admire the views but well… it was still beautiful though 😊

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  4. The Dubrovnik City Walls are undoubtedly the most imposing attraction of the Dalmatian coastal city and its landmark at the same time. On top of that, it is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved city walls in Europe! Walking the entire perimeter of the walls and taking in 360-degree views as you circle the old city has long been on my travel wish list. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    • I hope you get to visit one day because it is 100% worth it, even just for the views! Thanks for reading and commenting and have a lovely day as well 😊

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    • I understand how a trip to Dubrovnik might a bit spoiled by too many tourists… luckily there weren’t that much when we went there, even though it is still a very touristic place! The buildings and overall architecture are absolutely beautiful for sure 😊 Thank you for dropping by!


    • Ahaha I understand why, though I think they must look pretty tiny compared to the Great Wall of China! 😂 exploring the city was amazing though, and the walls are an absolute must-do when in Dubrovnik! Thanks for dropping by Lashaan!


    • Yes, it was absolutely perfect! Being up there also helpd with my sense of direction too as I could identify some buildings from above ahah! I hope you will get to visit Croatia one day and if you go to Dubrovnik, I really highly recommend a walk along the City Walls! Thanks for dropping by 😊

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  5. So pretty. I am planning to visit Italy and Slovenia next year, will add Croatia too. Did you have to cross any checkpoints through Bosnia to get to Dubrovnik – since it is located so South? I am also thinking of visiting other coastal cities like Split and Zadar too.

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    • Wow, that seems like an amazing trips that you have planned! 🤩 Since I only stayed in Dubrovnik, I arrived and left from Dubrovnik’s airport, so no need to cross Bosnia, but I think it can be an easier solution if you want to go to different places!


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