Dubrovnik Aquarium#11 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
Located in Fort St. John's ground floor, the aquarium, run by the University of Dubrovnik's Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, is a cool and peaceful spot to take in the Adriatic Sea's flora and fauna via 31 aquarium tanks that are built into the fort's stone. Everything from conger eels to sea sponges are on display. The oldest inhabitant is a loggerhead turtle, which has lived in the biggest tank since 1953. Other sea creatures include starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumber, conches, shells, crabs and more.
While recent visitors say the museum is pretty small, they note that it provides a nice shelter from the crowds or rain.
The aquarium is open daily at 9 a.m. and closes between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., depending upon the season. Admission is 60 kuna for adults (about $9) and 20 kuna (about $3) for children ages 4 to 12. Visit the aquarium's website for more information.
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#1 City Walls
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.
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