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Walls of Dubrovnik

The imposing defensive walls of Dubrovnik guarded the freedom of a sophisticated republic for five centuries.

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Dubrovnik’s monumental city walls may be the most impressive in Europe. One of the largest and most complete sets of fortifications anywhere in the world, they run for a continuous 1940m around the Old Town and positively bristle with towers, bastions, crenellations and a formidable moat. As you walk along their massive bulk, you will not be surprised to learn that in over 800 years as a medieval city, Dubrovnik’s walls were not once breached by a hostile army.


Impregnable

Dubrovnik has had defensive fortifications of one sort or another since it was founded in the 7th century. These early walls would most likely have been simple wooden palisades, but as the centuries wore on and the defensive needs of the burgeoning city-state grew, more and more features were added. Even as early as 866, Dubrovnik was sufficiently well fortified to withstand a 15-month Saracen siege. At the height of its defensive capabilities, the city walls featured 17 towers, five bastions, several fortresses and no less than 120 cannons.


Towering Defences

These days, a stroll on top of the battlements offers some of the best panoramas over the Old Town and beyond. Visit the mighty St. John’s fortress, designed to prevent enemy ships from entering the harbour with its imposing bulk, heavy boom chains and large complement of cannons. Further along is the quintessentially “castle-ish” Minceta Tower, which became a symbol of the unconquerable Dubrovnik in the 15th century. Perhaps the most impressive fortification in terms of sheer weight is the St. Lawrence Fortress, known as Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar. It was defended by ten of the city’s largest cannons, including the famous “Lizard”, and featured 12m-thick walls.


Nearby Attractions

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Dubrovnik Cathedral
This Baroque Roman Catholic cathedral was rebuilt after the 1667 earthquake on a site of worship that dates back to the 7th century.
Rector's Palace
This secular palace is a harmonious combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture.
Dubrovnik Cruise Port
A port renowned for its fascinating history, crystal clear water and astounding superyachts.
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.

Related Tours

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. 

The Best Of Dubrovnik's Cityscapes
  • Dubrovnik is a brand that is recognized worldwide, thanks to its unique beauty and rich cultural heritage. This city protected by UNESCO delights millions of visitors a year, so let it do the same with you.

Before exploring the beauty of the town, you will drive up to Srdj Mountain (quite a low mountain - so don't worry if you're scared of heights!), which is just behind Dubrovnik. You will enjoy a variety of landscapes and spectacular views of Dubrovnik and its surroundings. Glistening turquoise seas and cobbled streets are two characteristics that fit the view of this stunning picturesque town. 

The top of the mountain sees the Fort Imperijal - built from 1806 to 1816 during the Napoleonic Wars. From this very spot, you can see all of the old town, Lokrum Island, the Adriatic sea and much more. The most idyllic place for relaxing, taking some time for yourself and loved ones and capturing some of the most amazing moments.

Arriving at the top, you will have the opportunity to see the city from a bird’s eye perspective. After a short tour, we will return to the old city centre where the guide will take you through the rich history that the city guards within its impressive walls. Stone cobbled streets, numerous churches, museums, and monuments wait to be discovered.

Take a peek into the rich history of the city, which today is used as a living backdrop for world-famous films and series such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, etc.

Dive into the rich historic presence of the town known as Dubrovnik. There are secrets hidden being every city wall - preserved from hundreds of years ago and when you finish this city of scenes tour you will leave full of knowledge and appreciation of the city's culture.  

George Bernard Shaw summed it all up in one sentence: ˝If you want to see paradise on earth, come to Dubrovnik.˝
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