No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a leisurely walk around the spectacular city walls, the finest in the world and Dubrovnik’s main claim to fame. Built between the 13th and 16th centuries, they are still intact today.
The first set of walls to enclose the city was built in the 13th century. In the middle of the 14th century the 1.5m-thick defences 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 was contained within a stone barrier 2km long and up to 25m high. The walls are thicker on the land side – up to 6m – and range from 1.5m to 3m on the sea side. The round Minčeta Tower 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 . Pile Gate is protected by the Bokar Tower , and the Revelin Fort protects the eastern entrance.
The views over the town and sea are sublime, so be sure to take a walk around the walls – it will be the high point of your visit. The main entrance and ticket office to the walls is by the Pile Gate. You can also enter at the Ploče Gate in the east (a wise move at really busy times of day). The walls can only be walked clockwise.