The (mandatory) walk on the walls of
Dubrovnik has two different sides: the ocean side and the land side.
Most people cover only the ocean side, from where its possible to see the most beautiful points of the city. It's the easiest section with not much to go up and down.
To avoid the long lines, our guide made us enter in the southern entrance to the walls. It may have been a good idea (I don't know how were the things in the other entrance), but we made our way against the normal flow of people, and, in the narrow passages, we had some trouble.
The walls of Dubrovnik completely encircle the old city, and walking round them, with their battlements and towers to be climbed and explored, is a quite exhilarating experience. There are superb views from them both over the city and over the surrounding scenery and coastline. It took us over 2 hours to make our way right round with numerous stops en-route to enjoy the views.
It is probably the most impressive experience in Dubrovnik. You can enter the city walls walk from one of the two gates. Usually the gate of Ploce is less crowded though. I went at 5 pm and they told me that it closes at 6 pm so I could not do the entire walk. I was happy anyway as I could walk from one gate to another on the walls and it really lets you feel a sort of Mary Poppins walking on the roofs of the town. There are steps to climb but not many and if I could do that, it means nobody can have dizziness problems. The price is 90 KN.
One of the must do things in Dubrovnik is to walk the city walls all the way around .... the views of both the sea and the old city are beautiful to say the least. There is a couple of steep climbs throughout but we saw grandmother's doing it, so don't think that it's undoable. it took us about an hour to walk around the entire city with plenty of stops to take photo's in between. Price to walk the walls are 90 kunas and tickets can be bought directly right as you enter the old city thru the Pile Gate. Also there is another entrance to the walls on the west side by the Maritime museum. This was one of the highlights of our trip and well worth it.
A masterpiece of military and city architecture is one of Dubrovnik's main drawing cards. It is a complex combination of towers, bastions, forts and fortresses which protected the Republic for more than five centuries. Dubrovnik's city wall is the most complete and the largest completely preserved amongst the European cities and the place which shouldn't be missed on any Dubrovnik trip. It offers you a good view of the city and shows you at the same time how important the walls were to defend it. Some of the different structures are described in a separate tip.
Walking on the walls is really enjoyable and highly recommended. You can enjoy the view and explore the different perspectives from many forts and towers, however none of the towers you will see from inside have anything beyond their bare stones. The museums at Fort St. John have a different entry and you'll need a separate ticket for them.
A walk around the walls will take you around 2 hours. The audioguide has good information and is worth the money. However, be sure how to handle it (they are MP3-players from the very early 2000s) and have a look at the signs with the number of the track you need to listen to. Some of those signs are well hidden or washed out. The tickets cost 90 kuna (2013) per person and are more than worth the money. There are three access points, one close to the Dominican Monastery, one close to the Maritime Museum/Aquarium at Fort St. John and one at Pile Gate. Most visitors use the last one which is also the only place where to get the audioguide. In summertime, try to get very early or very late onto the walls - because of the temperatures and the number of tourists up there. Take some water with you - there are a handful of shops and cafés where you can buy a drink, but prices are three times higher then just a couple of metres below.
If you show your city wall ticket from the same day at Fort Lovrijenac, you can visit it for free. In case you buy the Lovrijenac ticket first, you'll get a discount at the city walls.
It's hot and tiring and costs 90 kunas, but it is well worth doing because the views over the town and port are fantastic. I went up near the Pile Gate and exited at the same place. I could have exited earlier at 2 places. The whole walk took me 1 hour 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.
Dubrovnik offers a unique experience to the visitors, walking tour on the top of the city walls all around the old core of the city. The paths are very safe, even for children or elderly people. I am not sure about the distance but it must be around 2 or 3 kilometres. The walking tour is both, enjoyable and romantic, offering stunning view at the city core and its close surroundings.....
The main thing to do and certainly the best is to walk around the majestic city walls, the views are fantastic.
There are 3 points were you can access the city walls, Pile Gate (Vrata od Pila), The Dominican Monastery (Dominikanski Samostan) and near the Aquarium on Kneza Damjana Jude. you have to pay to walk around them though, this seems a bit of a con at first but it is something that is definitely worth doing even if it is the only thing you do while in Dubrovnik. Its not really that cheap at 70kn for adults and 30kn for children. (70kn is about 10 euro, When we arrived we entered the city via the Pile Gate and walked down the main street up to the Cathedral then over to the Dominican Monastery and onto the walls, We had to pay in Kuna as they do not accept Euros, we did not have that many but luckily we had enough!
The views are fantastic, I loved the terracotta roofs the bell towers and the great walls and battlements. its not an easy walk especially when its 36c but the walls are really well looked after and there is the odd shop selling drinks and souvenirs as well as a few places to shelter.
Building of the walls started in the 8th century and construction carried over the centuries with some extensive work carried out after the war in 1991.
They are about 1 1/4 miles (just under 2 km) and are 82 ft (25m) at their highest point and 39ft (12m) at their widest point. it takes about an hour to walk round at a steady pace while taking photos.
Open 08:00 - !900
Adults 70kn, Children 30kn (They do not accept Euros)
The (mandatory) walk on the walls has two different sides: the ocean side and the land side. Most people cover only the ocean side, from where its possible to see the most beautiful points of the city.
It's the easiest section with not much to go up and down. But I decided to follow it all, and am not sorry for it.
The interior side is harder to walk, with some steep segments, but provide a different look, with some marvelous perspectives. And, fortunately (for me, of course!), it was the only way to see signs of the recent war.
The most interesting thing I experienced in Dubrovnik was the walk in the wall.
The walls are almost 2 km (1.24 mi) long, were constructed around the city and run from four to six meters thick on the landward side but are much thinner on the seaward side.
From the top of the walls you can see the old part of Dubrovnik and its characteristic architecture, the beautiful Adriatic sea and an island.
The price for adults is 70 kuna.
The tower Bokar, also known as Zvjezdan, is among the most beautiful part of the city walls. It was built by Firentine master Michelozzo di Bartolomeo while the city walls were reconstructed from 1461 to 1463. It is conceived as the key point in the defence of the Pile Gate. Together with Minceta, Bokar is the second key point in the defence of the western land approach to the city. It was constructed as two storey casamate fortress, nowadays is used as a stage for events during the summer festival.
The city walls encircling Old City of Dubrovnik are famous worldwide and they are approximately 1940 metres long. The city walls consists of 12 forts including 4 prominient ones, 15 bastions, four round and corner towers. The construction of the walls go back to the Middle Ages during the 13th & 14th Centuries which protected Dubrovnik from the many attacks. The main entrance was from Pile Gate on the Western side and Ploce Gate on the Eastern side wheras entry to the Old Port was through the Port and Fish Market Gates.
The city walls give you a good view of the old town and surroundings, and a fine walk for about one hour or more. Not many cities have walls like this...be sure to make the full round! Afterwards, you deserve cold drinks at the beach bar while watching the sunset.
Dubrovnik old city is all surrounding with beautiful long and high city walls. You can climb up and walk around the city by the walls have a great views and landscape as well as check some of the hidden spots, ancient guns etc.
Easily the most impressive feature of Dubrovnik are its immense city walls. They tower over the old town, many meters thick, and fully encircle it. I don't think I've seen any city walls quite so powerfully intact in any of my travels. They are as formidable as they are impressive.
And don't they know it. At 10 euros to walk them the price is outrageous. At 10 euros I'd expect a guide, some multimedia shows, an attached museum, and maybe some light refreshments. But no. For 10 euros you just get to walk on the walls and come back down again.
As a reference, I walked the length of the amazing, intact, walls of Jerusalem, stones that have born witness to centuries of the world's most significant history, for about 1 euro. The views from Jerusalem's walls are incredible and unforgettable, and a lot cheaper.
But even at that high a price, the number of tourists walking the walls was staggering, so I guess it's all down to market forces. Again this underlines Dubrovnik's core problem: It's just too popular.