Dubrovnik City Walls
Good for: history, walking, photos, great views, Panoramic pictures
- Brsalje Old Town Off Put Iza Grada
- adult/child HRK50/HRK20
- 09:00-19:30 Apr-Oct, 10:00-15:30 Nov-Mar
Lonely Planet review for Dubrovnik City Walls
No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a leisurely walk around the city walls. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries and still intact today, these powerful walls are the finest in the world and Dubrovnik's main claim to fame.
The first set of walls to enclose the city were built in the 13th century. In the middle of the 14th century the 1.5m-thick walls were fortified with 15 square forts. The threat of attacks from the Turks in the 15th century prompted the city to strengthen the existing forts and add new ones so that the entire Old Town is now contained within a curtain of stone over 2km long and up to 25m high. The walls are thicker on the land side - up to 6m - but run 1.5m to 3m on the sea side. The round Minčeta Tower ( M01D8) protects the northern edge of the city from land invasion, while the western end is protected from land and sea invasion by the detached Lovrjenac Fort ( M01A4). The Pile Gate is protected by the Bokar Tower ( M01D9) and the Revelin Fort ( M01DA) protects the eastern entrance.
The views over the town and sea are great, so be sure to make this walk the high point of your visit. The entrance to the walls is immediately to the left of Pile Gate when you enter the city. You can also enjoy Shakespeare's plays, which are staged on the Lovrjenac Fort terrace during the Summer Festival.