The Walls of Dubrovnik, the monumental defensive stone walls built around the Old Town, are the city’s single most visited attraction and the most recognizable feature of the UNESCO-protected old city. Considered one of the greatest and best preserved fortification systems from medieval times, the walls were built to protect the city from surprise enemy attacks. The first Dubrovnik fortifications date back to the 7th century, but present-day walls were built in the 13th century and then systematically expanded and fortified until 1660.
The Dubrovnik city walls vary in height and thickness and reach up to 25 meters in height in some places. The walls facing the sea are considerably thinner (1.5 to 5 meters) than those on the landward side (4 to 6 meters). The entire fortification system consists of three forts, two corner forts, six bastions, the main wall, and several other elements.
Walls of Dubrovnik tour
Minčeta Tower, the monumental 14th century fortress on the northwestern tip, is the highest point of the Dubrovnik walls and offers a spectacular view of the city and the open sea. On the opposite side, the 16th century Revelin Fortess watches over the old city port and the eastern entrance to the city, Ploče Gate. The 14th century St. John’s Fortress protects the port from the southeastern side and houses the Dubrovnik Maritime Museum and the Aquarium, while Fort Bokar protects the Pile Gate and offers the best view of Fort Lovrijenac, a fortress that sits 37 meters above sea level just outside the western city wall.
The Walls of Dubrovnik are about 2 kilometers in length and offer spectacular views with changing perspectives of the Old Town, the sea and Lokrum island. Depending on the crowd and number of stops for photography, the walk can take anywhere from 45 minutes to well over 2 hours. Guided tours departing from Pile Gate are available both for individuals and groups throughout the year.
Dubrovnik city walls cost and opening times
Tickets for the city walls can be bought at any of the three entrances: at St. John’s Fort, Ploče Gate and Pile Gate. Tickets cost 150 kn (135 for groups), but children and adolescents (ages 5 to 18) can get them for 50 kn. The price includes entrance to Fort Lovrijenac.
The Dubrovnik city walls are open from 8 am to 6:30 pm in April, May, August and September, from 8 am to 7:30 pm in June and July, from 8 am to 5:30 pm in October, and from 9 am to 3 pm from November to March.
For a restful and memorable vacation, visitors can book their stay at the Hotel Mlini near Dubrovnik. Well connected with the old city, the hotel offers a peaceful vacation spot with lovely views of the sea from its modern, luxury rooms. Located near several secluded beaches, the hotel is an excellent holiday destination for those looking to both explore the charms of the Dubrovnik area and have a relaxing summer vacation away from the bustle of the city. Exclusive suites and rooms with panoramic views of the Adriatic are available at the nearby Villa Jelić.
Villas Mlini, a complex of modern, fully equipped apartments near the larger Hotel Astarea in Mlini, is another excellent spot for a Mediterranean summer vacation on the Dubrovnik Riviera. All the villas have spacious terraces overlooking the sea and offer an idyllic getaway to anyone looking for a romantic summer holiday.
Images: Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons/Joanbanjo (Fort Revelin)