Cable Car, Dubrovnik
Well, the best view of Dubrovnik would actually be from the plane as you approach the airport and pass by the walled medieval city - it is just like a map from the air! But for the best picture WITH YOU in it and the famous medieval walls and the Adrtiatic Sea (as in my jumping picture), you have to take the cable up to the top of the Srd Hill.
The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built back in 1969 and onn a clear day, you can see up to 60 km (37 miles). For this reason the neighbouring Imperial Fortress was strategically built on this privileged spot, back in the early 19th century.
I chose to go up after my day tour, close to sunset for a spectacular view and also, less people :) I got amazing pictures and for my jump, I just went down to one of the rocks beyond the railings (not really recommended, haha) and I had one of the other tourists snap my jump :)
The first thing we did on arrival in Dubrovnik, after plunking our bags down at the hotel in Lapad, was get on Bus #15 (12 kuna at the kiosk next to the bus stop) to the cable car that goes up to Mount Srdj, 405 meters above sea level.
In June – or probably summertime in general – the best time to do this is in the afternoon. Even then it will be hot, but not as hot as mid-day with the sun straight overhead. My advice: If you are in reasonable physical shape, don’t purchase a round-trip ticket. Buy a one-way ticket (50 kuna) and when you are ready to leave (we stopped for coffee at café at the top, which is extremely overpriced but hard to resist when you see the view), follow the gravel footpath all the way down the mountainside for a dramatic - and breathtaking (in every sense)- view of Dubrovnik from on high.
The walk took us 40 minutes. Along the path you will see memorials to fallen soldiers and monuments to Christian saints, but the real deal is down below: The spectacular view of the red-tiled roofs of Dubrovnik, the bright blue Adriatic Sea and the green forests of Lokum Island will leave you speechless.
At the bottom of the path (the last section goes through the woods) you will reach a highway. Cross it (carefully) and walk down the stairs (someone who counted says there are 176). Keep going and you will reach the Old Town of Dubrovnik (Pile Gate entrance). The ice cream parlor right outside the gate has excellent ice cream. We sat on the stone benches on the drawbridge to eat ours – a great place for people-watching.
For those of you who like facts: The cable car was built in 1969, destroyed in 1991 during the siege of Dubrovnik, and rebuilt in 2010. The ride is all of 4 minutes – prepare your cameras in advance. The 19th century Imperial Fortress on the top of Mt. Srdj is now the Homeland War Museum, which was exhibiting black and white photos of the war when we were there. For lack of time, we skipped it.
The highest point of Dubrovnik where you have a great view on the city walls and the sea can be reached with the cable car operating from july 2010.
Most people reach the cable car climbing really many steps from the main street of the town: the Placa. If you are as lazy as I am I suggest to exit the city walls at Ploce gate and then turn left. It's a 5 minuts walk but less heavy than the other, shorter one. The return ticket is 94 KN and it runs untill 7.30 pm. You can also go up and then come down walking as there is a street that takes you back to the town.
Mount Srd is a nice place to spend some time and enjoy a beautiful view of the old town. There is a serpentine road leading up there, but most tourists opt for the cable car. Though the funicular is pretty old, it was destroyed in the 1990s during the war. The current one barely reopened in 2010.
Round-trips are 94,00 Kuna, single trips 50,00 Kuna, child discounts are available. The tickets can be bought online or at the lower station which is located close to the northern gate in the city walls (at the end of Boskoviceva Street). The service is year-round, starting at 0900 am every day. The last service runs between 0400 pm and midnight, depending on the season. (all info as of 2013).
For more information about Mount Srd, please see my separate tip.
Dubrovnik cable car takes you to see Dubrovnik from above. The views you get from there are quite beautiful and there is a huge contrast between the seaside and the interior side.
On the top of the hill you’ll also find a restaurant with an amazing view.
The price for round trip for adult is 87 kuna.