City Walls#1 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
The first thing you'll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as the threat of Turkish invaders grew. At some points, the walls are almost 20 feet thick and 82 feet high. They enclose the entire Old Town, protected by strategically placed forts and towers.
Since the eminent threat of invaders has dissipated, the walls have become a tourist favorite, and set the dramatic stage for shows like "Game of Thrones." Atop the city walls, you'll enjoy some of the best views of Dubrovnik's tiled-roof buildings and the blue sea. During the Summer Festival, Shakespeare plays and other performances take place in some of the forts along the wall. While recent visitors warned you may have to wait in line to get up to the walls, it's worth it for the amazing views.
According to recent travelers, there is little shade along the walk, so sun protection is a must. Quality shoes that will help you navigate some of the steep stairs will also make your trip more enjoyable. Reviewers were divided on the best time to go. Some mentioned timing your visit for the morning to avoid the afternoon rush, while others said a late afternoon climb is the best way to sidestep the onslaught of morning visitors aiming to beat the afternoon heat.
You'd think because it's just a wall that you wouldn't have to pay, but unfortunately you do. For about 200 kuna (or about $30), you can usually peruse the walls from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from April to October and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November to March. Keep in mind that your admittance ticket only allows you to enter the walls once, meaning you can't go back in if you decide not to finish the climb that day (there are exits along the way). The main entrance to the city walls is located in Placa by the inner Pile Gate. Check out the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website for more information.
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#2 Dubrovnik Old Town
By the end of your visit to this circumvented paradise, you might find yourself wanting to stay inside the formidable stone city walls beyond your scheduled itinerary. The walls wrap around Dubrovnik's historic sites, such as the Franciscan Monastery, Rector's Palace and Dubrovnik Cathedral. Even new attractions like the War Photo Limited are squeezed into this dense area known as Old Town. Though past visitors raved about the restaurants and attractions housed within the city walls, they also complained of large tourist crowds. Several suggested visiting in the cooler shoulder seasons, such as fall and winter. Though reviewers reported that some restaurants and shops close for the season, they said it's a fair trade for the lack of crowds.
Stroll down the town's main thoroughfare, Stradun, to understand the bustling vibrancy of Dubrovnik. And don't miss the impressive Luza Square or Large Onofrio's Fountain, which was built in 1438 to provide fresh spring water.
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