Dubrovnik City Walls, Croatia

So I fell in love with Dubrovnik last week. Yep, head over heels, smack bang in love. It was only a short fling, unfortunately. Two days. But I don’t think that’s the end of our little love affair. I have a feeling that one day we’ll meet again.

Enclosed within steep city walls which have protected the city for five centuries, it’s easy to get lost wandering the shimmering marble streets of the old town, even in such a small city as Dubrovnik. Getting your bearings by venturing up onto the towering city walls, therefore, is necessary (and also one of the coolest things you will experience on your visit here!). 100 kn (approx. €13) gets you a ticket which enables you to stroll along the astonishing wall that encircles the old city, measuring approximately 2 kilometres in perimeter and reaching up to 22 metres high in places.

With uninterrupted views across the glittering azure of the Adriatic Sea on one side and sublime views of the terracotta tiled roofs and Baroque architecture of the old city on the other, it is easy to understand why these walls are claimed to be the best of their kind in the world and Dubrovnik’s main claim to fame.

Dubrovnik Old City Walls

Buy tickets at Pile Gate, the main entrance to Dubrovnik’s old city.

Pile Gate, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik City Walls

Dubrovnik City Walls

Dubrovnik City Walls

Dubrovnik

Stunning, no? Most people don’t realise that the ticket to the city walls also includes a visit to Fort Lovrjenac, situated on a 37 metre cliff and located outside of the city’s western wall. This impressive fortification overshadows the two entrances to the city — by land and by sea. I do admit being a little awe-struck looking up at one of the most heavily featured locations in HBO’s popular Game of Thrones, as the CGI modified Fort Lovrjenac is transformed into the infamous King’s Landing. Pretty cool.

Fort Lawrence, Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Old City Walls

Dubrovnik Old City Wall

Fort Lawrence, Dubrovnik

Opening Hours:

1 January – 28 February: 10:00am – 3:00pm

1 March – 31 March: 9:00am – 3:00pm

1 April – 31 May: 9:00am – 6:30pm

1 June – 31 July: 8:00am – 7:30pm

1 August – 15 September: 8:00am – 7:00pm

16 September – 31 October: 9:00am – 6:00pm

1 November – 31 December: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Ticket price: 100 kn (approx. €13)

A late afternoon stroll along Dubrovnik’s city walls is my pick of must-do activities in this charming Dalmatian city so don’t miss it! Leave a comment below sharing your personal ‘don’t miss’ activity in a city you’ve fallen in love with.