Iconic limestone-paved Stradun is the main thoroughfare through Dubrovnik's old town.

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Be sure to have a look at the enormous Onofrio’s Fountain at Stradun’s western end.

Stradun is undoubtedly one of the jewels in Dubrovnik’s crown. Also known as Placa, the beautiful limestone-paved thoroughfare is the widest and most important street in the Old Town, running three hundred metres between the Pile Gate to the west and the eastern Ploce Gate. It is the centre of all the city’s major feasts and processions, plays host to concerts and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and was even the venue of an exhibition tennis match in 2010 between John McEnroe and Goran Ivanesevic.

Bridging the Gap

Walking along Stradun today, it is hard to believe that this was once nothing more than a muddy natural channel separating a peninsula from the mainland. On the southern side stood a town populated by refugees from the Roman Empire, while the northern bank was occupied by a settlement of ethnic Croats. Initially, the two sides were deeply suspicious of one another, but the inevitable processes of exploration and trade gradually led to a thawing of relations, and in the 12th century the channel was filled in by mutual agreement, and the two settlements were merged.

Shaking Things Up

Although the famous limestone paving slabs were laid down in 1468, it was not until the late 17th century that Stradun acquired its current look. The earthquake of 1677 caused devastation in the city, destroying nearly every building and leaving over 5,000 dead. In the aftermath, a law was passed that required every building to be constructed to certain specifications, and it was this which gave Stradun its attractive trademark uniformity.

Nearby Attractions

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Pile Gate
The grand entrance to Dubrovnik's old town, complete with drawbridge and Renaissance arch.
Onofrio's Fountains
These lovely 15th century fountains were once vital water sources for the townspeople.
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.
City Bell Tower
A beautiful landmark of the Old Town, with a bell struck by two bronze men.
St Saviour Church
A plain but fascinating church, one of the few Renaissance survivors of the terrible 1667 earthquake.

Related Tours

Dubrovnik Old Town & City Walls: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Explore the beautifully historic Old Town of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic, with its golden architecture glowing in the sunshine, and enjoy a stroll around the city walls, built in the 16th century, stretching for two kilometres offering magnificent views of the shimmering sea and terracotta rooftops.

On your private tour, you will:

  • Explore the charming Old Town of Dubrovnik, a beautiful coastal city situated on the Adriatic;
  • Learn about its rich and varied history as a powerful city-state up until 1802, and the terrible siege of 1991 during the Yugoslavian Civil War;
  • Wander along its tranquil honey-coloured cobbled streets, admiring the beautiful architecture of its churches, public buildings, and monuments;
  • See the Old Town Market and Main Street, soaking up the atmosphere;
  • Admire the Gothic and Renaissance Churches like St Saviour Chuch, built in the 1520s after the city survived a major earthquake;
  • Visit the tranquil Franciscan Monastery, the lovely Church of St Blaise and the Jesuit Stairs;
  • Wander down to the harbour, famed for its fortification towers and stunning views over the sea and the Old Town;
  • Walk around the City Walls, a truly breathtaking experience with panoramic views out to the ocean, and back to the city;
  • Choose where you end the tour: either on the city walls or back in the Old Town, your guide will be happy to give you options!

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, which served not only as a residence but also as an armoury, 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. From here you will head onwards to the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy - the third oldest in the world!

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 the scandals of the chequered lives of the local aristocrats.

After touring the idyllic Old Town, you will traverse the beautiful City Walls, a 2km stone wall that has protected the city for centuries, tickets included. During your walk along the city walls, you will be able to take in the panoramic views of the city below – as your guide points out landmarks of interest, including the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed!

End your tour on the walls, or at a bar back in the Old Town the choice is yours.

Please note: This tour includes tickets to access the city walls which are also valid for entering Fort Lovrijenac (St. Lawrence Fortress) which you are free to explore at your own leisure within 3 days of your tour. 



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