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Dubrovnik City Walls

Glorious but crowded


Completely enclosing the Old Town and studded with towers, bastions and gates, Dubrovnik’s Walls provide superb views of Dubrovnik’s red-roofs and steeples, as well as breathtaking vistas of the Adriatic Sea and its islands. A secure pedestrian parapet runs along their crenellated heights.

Visitors proceed clockwise, climbing and descending steps as the walls negotiate Dubrovnik’s craggy geography.


The essential shape of the walls was established by the major fortification efforts of the thirteenth century, although they were subsequently strengthened and augmented many times. Major features include the Fortress of St John at the eastward side; and the Minčeta Fortress at the northwestern corner, a stout barrel-shaped tower.


Unsurprisingly, the city walls come near the top of every traveller’s bucket-list, which ensures that they are very busy in summer: queues are long, movement is slow, and temperatures can be stifling. Visitors are well advised to go early and take appropriate headgear. Online reservations for specific time slots are possible via the walls’ website.

Tickets for the walls are also valid for the Lovrijenac Fortress, a free-standing strongpoint just west of the Old Town.

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Dubrovnik’s City Walls can be entered from a flight of steps inside Pile Gate (this entry’s map location), or from similar access points on the eastern side of the Old Town.

  • June 1 - August 31: daily 08:00 - 19:00
  • May 1-31 & September 1-30: daily 08:00 - 18:00
  • April 1-30 & October 1-31: daily 08:00 - 17:00
  • November 1 - March 31: daily 09:00 - 16:00

Tickets: €35

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Text © Jonathan Bousfield

Image by jjmusgrove