City Walls#1 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
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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. 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. A recent IgoUgo.com visitor advises: "Make sure your cameras prepared and you have something to drink and a hat (the Dalmatian sun can take a heavy toll on you if you're not prepared -- there's very little shade on the walls). There's also some stair climbing along the way, so children might better wait down below."
You'd think because it's just a wall that you wouldn't have to pay, but unfortunately you do. For about 50 HRK (or about $9 USD), you can patrol the walls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. in the summer. Check out the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website for more information.
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#2 Dubrovnik Cable Car
The original Dubrovnik cable cars shut down in 1991 after the town sustained heavy bombing. But in the summer of 2010, nearly 20 years later, the cable car triumphantly returned during the Summer Festival -- the city's largest event. The company's website claims to offer "the best views of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area … from the top of the Srd Hill." And recent visitors concur. One TripAdvisor user writes, "On a nice day, this is a must-do activity in Dubrovnik." The same traveler also includes a great money-saving tip: "The secret is that the cable car operator sells one-way tickets (for about 60% of the cost of a round trip). Take the cable car up the mountain and then extend your enjoyment of the fabulous views of the southern Dalmatian coast by walking the trail back down the mountain at your leisure." The approximately 30 minute walk down Srd Hill drops you off right outside of the Old Town city walls. At the top, you'll find an elaborate snack bar that offers a small selection of drinks to be enjoyed on the two viewing terraces.
The cars rise about 450 meters above sea level in just three minutes; the cable cars are open for rides from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the high season. The operation shuts down much earlier in the low season and in bad weather. You'll want to check the hours and schedule at the base station. A round-trip ticket cost about 73 HRK (or about $14 USD).
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