Open from 8.00am until 7.30pm every day, the Walls of Dubrovnik (Murrales de Dubrovnik) are one of the most spectacular ways to see Old Town and beyond, offering stunning views of the iconic terracotta roofs (added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Series in 1979), Fort Lovrijenac, neighbouring islands and Adriatic Sea. They are considered to be one of the greatest fortifications of the Middle Ages.
There are tours available, but it’s quick and easy to simply buy a ticket from the booth located near the beautiful Jewish Fountain at the main entrance to Old Town. Each ticket costs 200 HRK (Kuna) (approximately £24.00 at the time of publishing), and this also includes entrance into Fort Lovrijenac opposite. It’s a little pricey, but an absolute must when visiting Dubrovnik for the first time.
Walking around the city walls is done in one direction and generally in single file. Running an uninterrupted course of approximately 1,940 metres (6,360 ft / 1.2 miles) in length and reaching a maximum height of about 25 metres (82 ft) the walk can be completed at your own pace, but be prepared for LOTS of steps (over 1000) and significant changes in height throughout.
Tips and Suggestions
There are almost no points of shelter or shaded areas, so during the intense heat of the late spring and summer months ensure that you take precautions to protect yourself from the sun.
The walls can get extremely busy (particularly when cruise ship tourists arrive and tours begin), so set an early alarm and buy your ticket as soon as it opens in the morning to avoid the crowds, or buy your ticket in advance online.
Wear sensible shoes! The cobbles are worn and slippy in areas and heels should definitely be avoided.
There are several small bars dotted around the route, but staff understandably don’t like tourists sitting in the shaded areas outside unless they are buying drinks. There are also toilet facilities available.
There are three entrance points to the wall. Make sure that you keep your ticket as it will be checked again at the halfway point, and be aware that once you leave the wall you will not be allowed to return without purchasing another ticket.
If photography is a priority, be prepared to wait for the perfect shot. Most people are generally polite, but there are some (particularly the ones with larger cameras) who won’t be afraid of barging their way though.
It’s easy to forget that people live, work and are educated in Old Town, and there are points where it is possible to see classes going on in the local school. Avoid gawping and certainly don’t take pictures (I actually saw several tourists doing this) – be polite and respectful of the locals.
What about you guys? Do you have any suggestions when walking the walls of Dubrovnik?
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