The Dubrovnik City Walls
Stretching for just over a mile the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik are the most recognisable symbol of the city. The first impression for every visitor to Dubrovnik is the famous city walls. These historic walls have protected the citizens of the city for centuries, standing proudly and imposingly against the background of the Adriatic Sea.
Started in the 12th century and finally taking the shape that they have today in the 17th century the Dubrovnik walls are a wonder of the world. Reaching up to a maximum height of 25 metres, 1.940 metres in length, with 3 circular towers, 21 other fortresses and towers, the Dubrovnik City Walls were built to impress and deter invaders. In 1979 Dubrovnik, and of course the city walls, were included onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
Today the Dubrovnik walls are the most visited attraction in Croatia. In fact 2012 was a record year for the historic walls with 776,000 people walking the walls. Quite simply if you come to Dubrovnik and don’t walk the walls, at least half of them, then you haven’t been to Dubrovnik at all. But follow a few tips for making your visit safer and more interesting. Firstly, and most importantly, don’t walk the walls in the middle of the day in the summer. There is no shade on the walls, so being in the summer sun, when temperatures can reach the high thirties, is dangerous. The second piece of advice, take some water with you. This could be connected to the first piece of advice, keeping cool, but there are only two places to buy drinks on the walls so carry your own. In third place, empty your camera’s memory card! There are so many photo opportunities on the Dubrovnik City Walls that you’ll need all the space possible. Lasty, you don’t have to walk all the walls in one day. The walk can be split into two as there are exits at the halfway stages. Why not walk the seaside one day and the city side the next.