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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it looks like a wonderful walk
It was gorgeous! It took us about 90 minutes but we could have stayed up there for much longer if it hadn’t been so hot haha!
Dubrovnik looks gorgeous! I’ve never been but would now love to 😊
It’s stunning! It was a bit overwhelming yesterday as everywhere we looked was just beautiful! The weather was glorious too (I’m a little sunburnt haha!)
My experience after 20 years traveling and photography, is that tourists (and nowadays selfieguru’s) almost never care about photographers or people who just take shot of a nice place. And this has nothing to do with the larger cameras. When I am walking in the streets of a place, and when I notice that somebody wanna make a pic? I wait few seconds or going just around the photographer, it’s a very little effort for me (I don’t know for others 😉 And I even didn’t start the topic that tourists and their kids use monuments as a real playground or picnic area, then it’s understandable that the photographer do not have the biggest smile ever:). Ask The Bloke, probably he will agree with my point of view. You have been to Dubrovnik? Usually you share great articles with a very personal touch , which I like, but now I miss it?
I’m in Dubrovnik at the minute and walked the walls yesterday. The reason why I wrote about the larger cameras is that all the way round yesterday people with large cameras were blocking the route for large periods of time while they took their photos.
I still write the personal posts, but sometimes I like to write useful ones too
I find a post-walk Aperol Spritz to be the best way to relax and to reflect! Definitely best to go first thing in the morning, we barely saw another person until we got halfway round!
And I like your informative posts AND your personal ones 😉
Hahah! My plan next it to go as soon as I wake up and walk around all the old town while nobody else is around
Best time for it 😃
Stunning!!!! I’m adding it to my list!!
You really should – it’s a really beautiful place!
I’ve never been to Croatia but photos show it to be a gorgeous country, and Dubrovnik is historic as well as beautiful. Your article confirms this as well as your photos. Your last paragraph, about being respectful of the people by not photographing them is excellent advice for all travelers. Tourists must remember that these lovely places they visit are not performances but real life. Glad you had such a terrific trip, Suzie.
Absolutely! The locals here are lovely but it must be really annoying to deal with so many tourists… it’s an absolutely stunning place!
Look at you… Only been there a day and inspired to write a brilliant post!
Haha! Thanks! I needed to do something while I was avoiding the sun (I’m already burnt)
Oh no!!! 😂
Never been there, Suzie, but hope to someday, especially after your photos!
If you can I would go the next time you come over – it’s an incredible place!
I’m confused Lloyd, what is it you found curious?
I can’t load lots of them up yet as WP isn’t great when just using my phone so I will put more up later
I only have my phone with me Lloyd – I’ll load more up when I get home
Game of Thrones fans will be able to stop at the Tower of Undying, where Dany had to enter to rescue her kidnapped baby dragons, while walking the walls. Of course Croatia is full of GoT sites for fans who want to make a pilgrimage to its filming locations.
Yes! I got so excited when I saw that! I’ve got a post coming up about GOT locations soon
What a beautiful tour of the old part of Dubrovnik…great photos and insight as well…adding to my “must see” list!
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