Lokrum Island#3 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik's beaches, while gorgeous, are limited in space and number and can get very crowded. So where are you going to catch some rays in this resort paradise? Lokrum Island is the picture-perfect answer, according to recent visitors who say it makes for a fun daytrip away from the crowds of Dubrovnik. Less than half a mile offshore (or about a 15-minute ferry ride), this forested island calls to onlookers from the Dubrovnik city walls. For swimmers, the island also offers a small saltwater lake.
Aside from the beaches, Lokrum has a historic attraction of its own – the 19th-century Napoleonic Fort Royale. From the fort, you can catch stunning views of Old Town. The remains of a medieval Benedictine monastery can also be found on the island – today it houses a restaurant and a replica of the iron throne from "Game of Thrones." When you need a break from the sun, wander through a botanical garden and woods and keep your eyes peeled for the many rabbits and peacocks that roam the island freely.
The island is accessible from April to November. Ferry boats depart from Dubrovnik's harbor every hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the last boat returns at 4 p.m. A round-trip ticket costs 150 kuna (around $22). If you're arriving to the island via private tour, expect to pay 120 kuna (about $18) to access the island (this fee is included in your ferry ticket price). The ferry schedule changes depending on the season, so visit the island's website for details.
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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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