Dubrovnik Cable Car#5 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
The original Dubrovnik cable cars shut down in 1991 after the town sustained heavy bombing. But in the summer of 2010, the cable car triumphantly returned during the Summer Festival – the city's largest event.
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 Mount Srd drops you off right outside of the Old Town city walls. At the top, you'll find a restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean fare, cakes and wine to be enjoyed on the two viewing terraces. There's also a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs. According to recent visitors, the cable car is a must thanks to the stunning views. However, a few reviewers expressed frustration with the crowds and high prices.
Rising more than 2,550 feet above sea level in less than four minutes, the cable cars are open for rides from 9 a.m. to midnight in June, July and August. The operation shuts down much earlier (anywhere from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) in the winter low season and is closed entirely during February and in the event of inclement weather. You'll want to check the hours and schedule at the base station – a few recent travelers were disappointed to find the cable car closed when they arrived. A round-trip ticket costs 170 kuna (or about $25) for adults and 60 kuna (about $9) for children ages 4 to 12. You'll find the cable car about a 10-minute walk from the Pile or Ploce gates. Visit the company'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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