If Dubrovnik haven’t already made me speechless, walking upon the city walls at sunset overlooking the Adriatic Sea would, for sure, shut me up. My lips could be glued together, plastered over, wrapped in chains and the key thrown in the sea but all that didn’t need to happen. The sunset then would do it for me.
Walking the city walls of Dubrovnik was the first port of call for Mark and I when we arrived in the city earlier on the day. We had dumped our bags at the hostel and made our way to the Pile Gate, where keen film enthusiasts may recognise as the set for the popular Game of Thrones series. The Pile Gate is the main entrance to the old town, ringed by the towering defensive old city walls.
Just around the corner after entering the winding Pile Gate lay the entrance of the city walls walk. Open between 9am – 6.30pm and costing just 70 kuna, we were lucky to enter the city walls at 6pm ready for the epic sunset that would happen ahead.
Now, seriously, you have to walk on these spectacular old city walls as soon as you arrive in Dubrovnik. But here’s a tip, remember to walk the walls after 3pm.
As Dubrovnik is an extremely popular stop for cruises, the city is completely saturated with visitors during most of the daytime. So, as Mark and I were aware of this, we stayed out until the late afternoon arrived.
You can’t help but appreciate the old city walls for giving you majestic views of the Adriatic Sea, the mountains nearby and of course, the tightly pressed together terracotta roofed houses within, giving you glimpses of rare Dalmatian life.
Built between 13th and 16th Centuries many times thanks to sieges by the Turks, Venetians and Austrians, the city walls was steadily bulked up to withstand any attack on this republic of Ragusa as it was called then. The city walls in a circumference is two kilometres long and up to 25 metres high. Now that’s a lot of time and effort to ensure the safety of its residents. Even so, that on land side, the walls could be as thick as six metres!
Along the city walls, you can find towers and forts that adds an extra layer of protection to the city. The Pile Gate is watched over keenly by the Bokar Tower; the Minceta Tower patrols the northern edge of the city from land incursions whilst the Revilin Fort guards the eastern entrance. I was rather entranced by the Lovrjenac Fort that was detached from the city walls on the western side. This is to protect Dubrovnik from land AND sea invasion.
Well, I could be thinking a lot about the history of the city walls after I bought my ticket (also includes entry to Lovrjenac Fort) but all thoughts went out of my brain as I checked the utterly gorgeous views of Dubrovnik’s Old Town and the sea behind.
Only going clockwise (you have to walk this way to avoid piling up of tourists), I probably spent a good fair two hours checking out every single vantage point of the walls and filling up the memory card of my camera. Check out my photos. Why not tell me what you think of them.
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