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We had big expectations for Dubrovnik. This is a city that has been on our travel wish list for years. Why? Dubrovnik is a gorgeous city, with orange-tiled roofs and a stunning location on the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Fortresses, ancient medieval towers, and churches dot its skyline. Dubrovnik is a beautiful coastal city with a splash of Venetian culture and architecture. And as we learned, there is no better way to experience Dubrovnik than to see it from the Dubrovnik Walls.

About the Dubrovnik Walls

The Dubrovnik Walls date back to the Middle Ages and are one of the largest in Europe. The walls are 1940 meters long (1.2 miles) and reach a maximum height of 25 meters. Numerous forts fortify the Dubrovnik Walls, the most photographed being the Minceta Tower.

The most recent siege on Dubrovnik occurred in 1991 – 1992, when the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) attacked the city. The siege ended in mid-1992 but over 50% of the city was damaged during the war. Since 1992, the buildings have been restored to their former appearance, although you can still see some restoration work going on today.

In 1979, Dubrovnik was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


The Dubrovnik Walls in Photos

We walked the Dubrovnik Walls starting at Pile Gate, walking counter-clockwise around the city. It took us about two hours to walk the walls, stopping many times for photos along the way.

Stradun from the Dubrovnik Wall

Once on the wall, your first view will be of the Stradun, the main thoroughfare through the center of Dubrovnik. 


Lovrijenac Fortress

Overlooking Lovrijenac Fortress and Bokar Fortress.


Kara at the Cafe

There are several cafes on the wall, the perfect place to stop for coffee or fresh juice and views like these.


View to Lokrum Island

The view out to Lokrum Island.


Tim and Tyler Dubrovnik


There are numerous spots for family photos along the wall, the perfect place to capture your kids being goofy. At least Tyler and Kara are enjoying themselves!!

Photo session on the wall

There are numerous spots for family photos along the wall, the perfect place to capture your kids being goofy. At least Tyler and Kara are enjoying themselves!!


Kara and Tyler Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Walls and Lokrum

Laundry on the wall

Dubrovnik Walls in April

Walking the Wall

Dubrovnik Beach

Dubrovnik View

Dubrovnik Harbor

The Dubrovnik Harbor


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Tyler and Kara in Dubrovnik

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Minceta Tower

The Minceta Tower

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Minceta Tower View

The view from the Minceta Tower, the highest point on the wall.


Final view of the wall

Final view of the Dubrovnik Wall, looking towards Pile Gate.


Plan Your Visit

Starting the Walk. There are three places to start the walk on the Dubrovnik Walls: Pile Gate, by Fort St. Johns, and by Fort St. Luke on Od sv. Dominika Street. Most people start the walk from Pile Gate (so did we). The walls can only be walked in a counter-clockwise direction.

How long does it take to walk the Dubrovnik walls? Plan on 1 to 2 hours to walk the Dubrovnik Walls. It took us almost two hours, including our pitstop at one of the cafes on the wall.

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices. The entrance fee is €35. Hours vary depending on the season. During the summer months, the walls are open from 8 am to 6:30 pm, with slightly longer hours in June and July.

Visiting in June, July, or August. The summer months are peak season in Dubrovnik. Expect large crowds and queues to get onto the wall. Midday, temperatures can soar, so bring lots of water (and patience). Get here early or late in the day to minimize crowds.

Dubrovnik in April. We toured Croatia during the month of April. I was concerned about being here in the off-season, but it was awesome!! Crowds were low, restaurants were open, temperatures were 70°F (21°C), and evenings were a little chilly. It’s not ideal weather to go to the beach, however, it was wonderful not having to deal with large crowds of people. May and September are also great months to visit Dubrovnik if you want to avoid the crowds.

Where We Stayed. We stayed at the Villa Ani Apartments, just a 5 minute walk from Pile Gate. This place is awesome, especially for families. We had a penthouse apartment (apartment Ariel) with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a full kitchen and living area. From our windows we could look out over the Dubrovnik Walls and Lovrijenac Fortress. This place was perfect and without a doubt we would stay here again.

Tours of the Dubrovnik Walls

If you like the idea of walking the Dubrovnik walls with a guide, here are several tour options. Get a history lesson, include the Game of Thrones filming sites, or walk the walls at sunset. 



More Information about Croatia

DUBROVNIK: For a list of the top experiences in Dubrovnik, read our article Best Things to Do in Dubrovnik. We also have a guide on Where to Eat in Dubrovnik. 

BALKAN PENINSULA ITINERARY: Learn how to combine Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina into one epic road trip in our 11 Day Balkan Peninsula Itinerary.

PLACES TO GO IN CROATIA: Along the Dalmatian Coast, the towns of Split and Trogir are wonderful coastal towns to add to your Croatia itinerary. We also have information about how to visit the island of Brac, how to explore the amazing Plitvice Lakes, and how visit the Istrian Peninsula.

NEARBY DESTINATIONS:If your visit to Split, Croatia is part of a bigger trip through Europe, don’t miss our travel guides for Italy, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: For more information about the camera gear we carry, check out our Travel Photography Gear Guide.

Planning a trip to Croatia? Read all of our articles in our Croatia Travel Guide.

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Comments 1

  1. Avatar for Phil

    Hey Earthtrekkers,
    great post on the Dubrovnik City Walls, thank you for the inspiring pictures! I see you had a great time visiting the city!
    I was traveling in the Balkans in summer 2019 and summarized my experiences on my blog http://www.journication.com with a focus on a compact summarized one day itinerary with maps and checklist.
    My absolute favorite spot in Dubrovnik is the Lovrijenac Fortress with the great panoramic view of the city walls and the Adriatic. What about yours?
    Best wishes

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