Old City Walls
Walk on the walls around the old town. We strongly recommend that
you visit the walls during the early morning hours or the late afternoon
hours, as it can become hot during the day.
Dubrovnik is surrounded
by city walls which are 2km long, and for which it is famous all
around the world. Throughout history the city walls offered protection
from the enemy. Today Dubrovnik city walls attract visitors from
the whole world who want to see this city museum for themselves.
There are three entrances
to the City Walls:
- on Stradun by the
- by Saint Johns
- at the Customs
Within the city walls
you will see Fort Minceta and St. Johns Fort on the south-eastern
side. Also, within the city walls are Fort Lawrence at Pile and
Fort Revelin at Ploce. The main entrance to the city walls is by
the Inner Pile Gates.
entrance price for these amazing views of the whole Dubrovnik also
includes sightseeing of some forts and towers inside the walls:
- Minceta Fort is one
of the most beautiful cultural attractions in Dubrovnik. It is
situated on the northwest side of the city inside the City Walls.
It was built according to the design of Renaissance builder Juraj
- St. Lukes
Tower you can see by walking along the landward side of City
Walls up to Ploce Gate. St. Lukes Tower through the history
protected the entrance to the Dubrovnik harbour.
- St. Johns
Fort was constructed in 16th century and it is really worth
visiting. On its ground floor you can visit the Aquarium, and
on first and second floor you can visit the Maritime Museum.
- Bokar Fort is situated
on the seaward side of the city walls. It was designed by Florentine
architect Michelozzi in the 15th century.
In front of the Bell Tower. A slender stone flag staff of the legendary
knight. Also known as Orlando's Column. Ever since its foundation
in 1950, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is officially opened by raising
a flag (carrying the city's motto LIBERTAS) on Orlando's staff.
After the Ploce entrance to the city. On top of the tower are the
famous 'Zelenci' (The Green Ones), bronze statues which strike the
gigantic bell every hour. They have been recently replaced with
copies and the originals are in the atrium of the Sponza Palace.
West of the Bell Tower. Gothic Renaissance palace, one of the few
buildings that has maintained its form from before the catastrophic
1667 earthquake. Hosts historic archives. Memorial room of defenders.
Formerly the palace of the Major Council, now houses a museum dedicated
to the city's history.
At the beginning of the Placa Stradun. The most convenient starting
place for your stroll through the City is Pile. Before entering
the Old City, Lovrjenac Fort is the first among many sites worth
seeing in Dubrovnik.
The Stradun is the central street of the city of Dubrovnik and
is the place where the old city comes to life. During the day,
explore the shades of the peripendicular streets and alleys on
its sides During the night, take a stroll up and down the Stradun
with an ice-cream in hand.
The uniform Baroque
architecture of the houses in Placa, with shops on the street
level and their 'knee-like' entrances, got its present-day form
in the restoration of the City which took place after the disastrous
earthquake in 1667, when a large number of luxurious Gothic and
Renaissance palaces were destroyed. The architectural design of
Placa reveals effective solutions and the business sense of the
Dubrovnik Republic in those difficult times.
Today, Placa Stradun
is still the main shopping centre and venue of major events.
In the western (Pile) entrance of the old town. The fountain stairs
are nowadays a favourite meeting place, where both the tourists
and pigeons take rest and refresh themselves with cool water.
A part of the Old Town of Dubrovnik.
The monumental fort rises above 37 meters high rock. It changed
roles in the course of history. The main purpose of its construction
was defense, and the main idea was to protect the freedom of Dubrovnik.
Take a ferry to the Island of Lokrum, which boasts a monastery,
a fort with great views of Dubrovnik, botanical gardens, and a naturist
beach. Preserved as a Nature Park, this small island is reachable
in 10 minutes by boat from the old city port. It offers unparalleled
serenity, beauty and peace. A definite must see.
A well located pebble beach. There is a concessioned part with
an entrance fee, but also a public part which is always livelier
and more relaxed. A great way to beat the heat in the middle of
the town. Banje Beach is in the vicinity of the Old Town. This
big pebble beach offers amazing views of the city walls, Old Town
Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum.
A sandy beach where you can relax in the shade of the numerous trees.
At the end of long pathway full of cafe bars and restaurants you
will see many popular pebble beaches known as Lapad beaches. These
beaches are really beautifu. Lapad is definitely one of the most
beautiful parts of Dubrovnik and you really must visit it.
If you take the headland
path to the right hand side of Lapad beach, as you look at the Adriatic,
you can walk along a charming little coast path with small concrete
'beaches' and ladders into the sea. These were installed during
the Tito era and are ideal for one or two sunbathers.