"The Walls...A Perfect Introduction" City walls Tip by tpal

City walls, Dubrovnik: 110 reviews and 218 photos

There is no doubt that the best way to gain an overview of Dubrovnik is to walk it's one and one-quarter mile Medieval wall. Built between the 10th and 13th centuries, with major modifications added in the 16th century, the walls continue to be worked on, though most of the work involves restoration and maintenance. A more recent embellishment is the statue of the City's patron saint, St. Blaise, over the Pile Gate. This sculpture is by the 20th century sculptor and Croatian national treasure, Ivan Me?trović.

We noticed that during the day, often the hottest time of the day, the walls were crowded with slowly moving cruise and bus tour groups. We decided to wait until about 5:30 pm to avoid the rush, and were rewarded by not only a much more private and personal experience but also by the golden glow of the autumn sun setting over the Adriatic. The long shadows and soft light made for spectacular and dramatic views in every direction.

The only downside was that toward the end of our circuit (we started near the Pile Gate and walked counter-clockwise), as we neared closing time of 7 p.m., the security staff started shooing us along as they swept the wall for stragglers. They were friendly but determined. We would have loved to have viewed the city and harbor from the walls at night.

Intro Photo: With the Adriatic Sea aglow in the background, this is a view of the Sv. Stjepan Bastion with patron saint St. Blaise maintaining a constant vigil.

Photo 2: As we began our walk the shadows over the rooftops lengthened and the Stradun fell completely in shadow. Even in the late afternoon, the main street is still a busy place.

Photo 3: As the wall bends, following the course of the jagged coastline, you are rewarded by wonderful views of the exterior facade. This view is looking south from the Bokar XV Fortress.

Photo 4: This view is looking back toward the Bokar XV Fortress. This bay appeared to be a popular launching point for kayakers. Take note of the flat roofed portico at the center of the photo on the water's edge; this is the Orhan Restaurant just outside the walls...a real treat that should not be missed.

Photo 5: Here Carol, looking radiant, is standing on the wall just above the famous Bu?a 2 Cafe with a palm tree in full bloom on one side and Lokrum Island peaking out over her left shoulder...what a wonderful place!

Address: Gradske Zidine, Op?ina Dubrovnik,20000. Croatia
Directions: Runs uninterrupted for 1940 meters encircling the city.
Phone: +385-20-638-800
Website: http://www.dubrovnik-guide.net/walls.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 18, 2009
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