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Pile Gate

The grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, complete with drawbridge and Renaissance arch.

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Try to visit before 10am if you want to beat the crowds.

As the main entrance to Dubrovnik’s historic old town, the Pile Gate is a dramatic initiation to the city for the first time visitor. As you approach, its imposing grey bulk still seems utterly solid and impregnable, even now, almost 500 years after it was constructed.


Keeping out the Raiders

Built in 1537, the Pile Gate was one of the two gates in the city walls leading out towards the mainland. At the time, Dubrovnik was a wealthy, powerful city-state which would have been a ripe target for armies of all colours and stripes, and so its rulers demanded strong fortifications with which they could repel invaders while also allowing the regular passage of traders in and out of the city.


Heavy Defence

To this end, the massive stone Pile Gate was added to an already formidable set of city walls. As you approach it from the outside, you cross a solidly built double-arch bridge, which actually predates the gate by several decades, spanning the broad defensive moat which would once have been filled with water. After that, you will find yourself standing on a wooden drawbridge. During Dubrovnik’s days as a city-state, this was raised every night in a flamboyant ceremony during which the keys would be handed to the rector of the city. Passing inside the main gate, you will reach a smaller wooden gate which dates from 1460. Beyond that you’re through the gate complex, bringing you out onto the famous Stradun, the beautiful main avenue of Dubrovnik’s old town.


Nearby Attractions

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Stradun
Iconic limestone-paved Stradun is the main thoroughfare through Dubrovnik's old town.
St Saviour Church
A plain but fascinating church, one of the few Renaissance survivors of the terrible 1667 earthquake.
Onofrio's Fountains
These lovely 15th century fountains were once vital water sources for the townspeople.
Lovrijenac Fort
Known as 'Dubrovnik's Gibraltar,' this stunning fort is also used as a theatre.
The Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The world's oldest operating Sephardic Synagogue, with a museum telling the story of the Jews of Dubrovnik.
Orlando Column
A 600-year-old column carved in honour of the legendary knight Orlando, who saved Dubrovnik from a siege by Arab pirates in the 8th century.

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The Cultural Highlights of Dubrovnik

  • Your tour begins at Stradun, Dubrovnik's famous city square, hosting many rustic old buildings, including the Rector’s Palace - a 14th century Baroque masterpiece, serving not only as a residence but also as an armory, powder magazine, watch house, and prison. 
  • You will also have the pleasure of visiting Onofrio's Fountain, where you will be able to admire the magnificent Sponza Palace.
  • You will move on to visit the stunning Old Synagogue of Dubrovnik, the oldest in the city, and astonishingly the second oldest in the world.
  • You will also enjoy a visit to the Jewish Museum, where you will learn more about the Jewish community and their contribution to the history and culture of the great city of Dubrovnik. 
  • You will then proceed on to the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake, and now a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. 
  • You will see the stunning Cathedral of the Assumption, Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Church of St. Blaise. Here you will learn all about the fascinating legend of Richard the Lionheart who returning from the Crusades in 1192, was shipwrecked in a storm, and cast aground on Lokrum Island in front of Dubrovnik. 
  • You will also pay a visit to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy- the third oldest in the world. After which you will proceed to traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2 km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries. During your walk along the city walls you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the city below. 

Stradun is the main street in Dubrovnik Old Town. Stradun stretches the distance of Pile Gate to the Old Town’s port. The street has been completely pedestrianised for almost 50 years and acts as main local promenade, featuring a number of restaurants, cafes and shops. 

Onofrio's Fountain circulates through a huge central dome and 16 water taps that surround it. It was completed in 1438 and withstood some damage after an earthquake but was never been repaired! Spend some time sitting at the foot of the fountain planning the rest of your day or enjoying a light bite to eat. 

The Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption was largely destroyed in 1667 due to an earthquake strike. The senate of Dubrovnik at the time pledged for it to be remodeled, whereby multiple architects eventually made it happen;  Francesco Cortese, Paolo Andreotti of Genoa, Pier Antonio Bazzi of Genoa, and friar Tommaso Napoli of Palerm. The Cathedral was then completed over the next three decades. Unfortunately, further damage has been made over the years, but it has all been repaired. 

Perfect for those wanting a great Dubrovnik selfie!
Dubrovnik's Half-Day Highlights
Medieval Dubrovnik

Your tour begins at Stradun, Dubrovnik's famous city square, boasting many beautiful old buildings, including the Rector’s Palace, a 14th century Baroque masterpiece, serving not only as a residence but also as an armoury, powder magazine, watchhouse, and prison. You will also have the pleasure of visiting Onofrio's Fountain, where you will be able to admire the magnificent Sponza Palace. From here you will head onwards to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy- the third oldest in the world!

Chequered History

After walking across the main square you will come across the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake, and now a popular venue for weddings and celebrations. Other highlights, not to be missed, include Dubrovnik Cathedral and the Church of St. Blaise. Here you will learn all about the fascinating legend of Richard the Lionheart who, returning from the Crusades in 1192, was shipwrecked in a storm, and cast aground on Lokrum Island in front of Dubrovnik. When Richard tried to convince the leaders of Dubrovnik to build a church on the island, Richard was instead persuaded to build the cathedral in Dubrovnik proper. You will also hear about the infamous medieval orphanage, communal granaries, and chequered lives of the local aristocrats.

From here you will proceed to traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries. During your walk along the city walls you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the city below. Perfect for those wanting a great Dubrovnik selfie!
Game of Thrones : King's Landing
  • Did you know that much of the hit TV show Game of Thrones was filmed in the beautiful city of Dubrovnik?
  • An absolute must for all fans of the show, you will endeavor to uncover the highlights of Dubrovnik, that indeed adds so much to the series. 
  • Your tour will begin at the enigmatic Old Wall, where much of the series was filmed.  Stand in the footsteps of the stars and commemorate the show!

    Climb the old city walls that were attacked by the Baratheons in the first series, and then explore Lovrijenac Fortress- the beautiful 11th-century castle that features heavily in many of the Game of Thrones battle scenes. This fortress provides one of the best vantage points in Dubrovnik, with quite a few steps to climb make sure to wear comfortable shoes and take a bottle of water! The view is well worth the wait however. It’s located above the main gate into Dubrovnik’s old city which is one of the Game of Thrones filming locations!

    Gaze down at fictional Blackwater Bay from the fort's impressive vantage point, and imagine the bloody Battle of Blackwater taking place outside of its walls.

    You will then make your way down through the town towards the port to get to Lokrum- a former 11th century Benedictine Monastery, complete with a replica of that famous throne, on which you must sit! Lokrum is just a short 10-15 minute ferry ride away and provides a different perspective on Dubrovnik itself by being away from the busy island.from cliff jumping to gazing at the gorgeous wildlife there’s no chance you will be bored here.

    You will visit Lokrum Island, a stunning oasis close to the centre of the city, and boasting the beautiful summer residence of Archduke Maximilian and a gorgeous city park- one of the oldest arboretums in Croatia. 

    This is the very setting of the gardens of King’s Landing palace during the third Game of Thrones series. Here you will have the pleasure of learning more about the War of the Five Kings, as well as admiring the park’s Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque features.
Island Hopping in Dubrovnik
Medieval Dubrovnik

Your exclusive private tour begins in Stradun, Dubrovnik's famous city square.  Boasting many beautiful old buildings, one of which is Rector’s Palace, a 14th-century Baroque masterpiece, serving not only as a residence, but also as an armory, powder magazine, watchhouse, and prison.

You will also have the pleasure of visiting Onofrio's Fountain, where you will be able to admire the magnificent Sponza Palace. Don't forget to flip a coin and make a wish! You head onwards to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy- the third oldest in the world.

Richard the Lionheart 

After walking across the main square you will see the Baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, rebuilt in the 18th century following an earthquake. Here you will learn all about the fascinating legend of Richard the Lionheart who, whilst returning from the Crusades in 1192, was shipwrecked in a storm, and cast aground on Lokrum Island in front of Dubrovnik. 

You will also hear about the infamous medieval orphanage, communal granaries, and chequered lives of the local aristocrats. Later, you will then proceed to traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries. During your walk along the city walls, you will be able to fully appreciate the panoramic views of the city below. 

Lokrum Island

We hope you're not too tired yet, there's still more to come! You will then make your way down through the town towards the port, to get to Lokrum Island- home to a stunning 11th century Benedictine Monastery. You will visit Lokrum Island, a gorgeous oasis close to the centre of the city, boasting the beautiful summer residence of Archduke Maximilian and a gorgeous city park. Here you will have the pleasure of learning more about the 19th century Fort Royal that sits atop the peak of the island, as well as the legends that this site is famous for. 

Game of Thrones King's Landing (SG)
  • Many scenes from the iconic TV show Game of Thrones were filmed in the beautiful Croatian city of Dubrovnik.
  • Not only will you uncover the beauty of the depth of Dubrovnik you will discover all of the most popular locations that were used in the filming process. An absolute must for all fans of the show!

Your friendly and personal tour guide will walk you through the streets of the magnificent King's Landing, the very capital of Westeros, and you will be privileged to visit the sites where some of the most popular scenes took places: Battle of the Blackwater Bay, attack on King Joffrey and royal family by angry citizens and the famous Queen Cersei's walk of shame.

Take a look from the fort's impressive vantage point at the fictional Blackwater Bay and imagine the bloody Battle of Blackwater taking place outside of Dubrovnik's old walls.

Would you like to stand in the exact same spot where gruesome King Joffrey was killed at his own wedding?

Littlefinger, Sansa, Tyrion, Varys are just some of the fascinating characters that have walked the beautiful streets of this unique city - and now you can experience it, too.
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