A complete guide to walking the Dubrovnik city walls. See the best of Dubrovnik from above and get ready for some epic photo opportunities! You'll even see some iconic Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming sites.
Dubrovnik has undoubtedly earned the title “Pearl of the Adriatic” with its dramatic mountains, jewel blue sea, and endless red-tiled rooftops. This well-preserved medieval town won my heart the moment I walked through Pile Gate and down the sun drenched Stradun (the promenade that runs down the center of historic Old Town).
My time in Croatia left me with more memorable views and experiences than I expected. One of my favorite activities was walking the Dubrovnik city walls. No surprise there as it's the #1 thing to do in Dubrovnik.
Walking the Dubrovnik City Walls
The Dubrovnik walls are an iconic symbol of the city and have been wonderfully preserved to allow visitors to the red city from above. They are about a mile in length and will take 1.5 - 2 hours to walk while enjoying breathtaking views.
Strolling the perimeter of Old Town, you'll see the glistening Adriatic Sea, an array of red and orange hued rooftops, quiet streets, squares filled with people, fortresses, the beautiful Island of Lokrum, and the Stradun from above.
*If you're a GOT fan, you'll see many Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming sites from the walls of Dubrovnik. I'll point these out in the photos below so you can look out for them when you visit in person.
*Pile Bay is one of the most used Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming sites. The overall backdrop was used for the Blackwater Bay battle scenes. The stone walkway at the bottom left corner is where Sansa and Shae stood and spoke of the ships sailing by...fantasizing of where they were headed. The beach in the middle is where we watched the departure and return of Myrcella.
Tips and where to buy tickets for Walking the Dubrovnik city walls
Tickets can be purchased with credit card or Croatian kunas to walk the Dubrovnik city walls. If you purchased the Dubrovnik Card, entrance is free. The Dubrovnik Card for 1-day is 225 kunas. So if you think you'll go to just one of the other attractions included with the card, it's a no brainer.
Otherwise, tickets to enter the walls of Dubrovnik are 200 kunas (about $32). Children and students are 50 kunas (about $8). Tickets also include entrance to Lovrijenac fortress, a Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming site.
The office is located to the right the moment you enter the Stradun through Pile Gate. The main entrance to the Dubrovnik walls is to the left from the office and easily found as there is an employee standing at the base of the stairs collecting tickets.
Check what time they open and arrive at least 10 minutes early. Times to enter the walls of Dubrovnik vary depending on month and what day of the week. So it's easiest just to double check on the website.
Going first thing in the morning is a MUST! Dubrovnik has become a very popular cruise stop brining hordes of tourists by early afternoon.
Don't forget to bring your camera and a bottle of water as it can get hot!
Enough with boring details! Take a look at how breathtaking these views are and get a little taste of Dubrovnik for yourself.
Photo Diary of Walking the Dubrovnik city walls
*Lovrijenac Fortress is a Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming site for countless scenes. It's most known for the Red Keep. Popular scenes filmed here include Joffrey's name day tournament and the tense moment where Cersei demonstrates to Petyr Baelish that she can have him killed with the snap of her fingers.
Pile Bay, another Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming site mentioned above, is just below the fortress.
*Lokrum Island was the Game of Thrones Dubrovnik filming site for Qarth. The filming crew/producers loved the island so much they decided to pay a little tribute to it. Since Lokrum is known for its freely roaming peacock population, peacocks were incorporated into the Qarth set designs.
There are a few spots along the Dubrovnik city walls to stop for a drink. The earlier you come, the better your chance at snagging a table with an epic view.
Dubrovnik has a number of wonderful activities and tours beyond walking the walls of Dubrovnik. I highly recommend a kayak tour (especially beautiful at sunset) and a walking tour or two to learn about the city and make sure you see all the important sights. The Hidden Gems of Dubrovnik private tour is especially worth while.
I hope you enjoyed this visual journey of walking the Dubrovnik city walls. Though the tickets may be expensive, it's absolutely worth it! You'll walk away with some fantastic photos and will remember the views for a lifetime.
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