Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik

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Dubrovnik — the pearl of the Adriatic, Lord Byron’s paradise, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Dubrovnik was the final stop on our Busabout Croatia Cruise, and I was looking forward to seeing this beautiful city in real life after dreaming about it for years!

Dubrovnik didn’t disappoint — it was breathtaking.  In spite of the heat and humidity and heavy crowds, this was undeniably one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen.

But the best way to see Dubrovnik is to get up high — on top of the city walls.

These walls stretch completely around Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a distance totaling 1.2 miles.  There are no words that I can give for views this good — let me just say that you’ll be very glad you made the trip.

And some of the views are hilarious — like this not-so-hidden beach.  Or PRIVATE MY ASS Beach (see it written out?), as I’ve taken to calling it.

Months back, Dave and I found a YouTube video declaring that this place was actually a nude beach — NOT SO!  Being this accessible to the view from the walls, it would have only been a beach for exhibitionists (and from what I’ve observed, most nudists are the opposite).

On a more serious note, viewing Dubrovnik from the walls gives you the chance to see the damage from the war up close.  Dubrovnik was sieged from late 1991 through early 1992, and the city was in ruins.  It was painstakingly rebuilt, but you wouldn’t know it unless you were looking for the two-toned roofs.

If you happen to attract pigeons, Dubrovnik might not be the best place for you.  The swarms of pigeons are absolutely INSANE, and they don’t hesitate to divebomb humans.

(You remember my great fear of birds, and especially pigeons, right?  I didn’t do well in Dubrovnik.)

A few tips for walking the Dubrovnik walls:

  • Buy tickets just outside the main gate to the Old Town.  Tickets cost 70 kuna each, or $11.50.
  • Try to avoid the hottest part of the day.  Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • Bring bottles of water — there are a few kiosks and cafes on the walls, but they’re expensive.
  • Be sure to get a picture of PRIVATE MY ASS beach.

Few city walls are as dramatic and interesting as Dubrovnik’s, and from the walls, you’ll be able to enjoy the city from an unforgettable angle.  If you’re spending time in Dubrovnik, don’t miss a chance to climb these walls!  Lord Byron would agree.

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I visited Dubrovnik as a guest of Busabout‘s Croatia One-Way Sail.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

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36 thoughts on “Walking the Walls of Dubrovnik”

    1. Honestly, Dubrovnik is chock full of sweaty tourists now. The walls were nice because it was less crowded and you could enjoy the beauty of the city without being smacked around by the crowds. And I was only there in early June — can’t imagine what it would look like in July or August!

  1. I didn’t know we shared a bird fear – I think I’ll have to enjoy Dubrovnik through your photos rather than visiting myself.

    1. I am SURPRISED you didn’t know that by now! Once I was having lunch in a crowded park in Boston, a sparrow jumped on my head and I screamed bloody murder and fell to my knees like Elvis…that was the pinnacle of my fear…

  2. Am I the only one that thinks that the wall looks terrifying? It looks SO HIGH!!! I think the pigeons would knock me off balance and I’d wind up a crumpled mess on Private My Ass Beach.

  3. I LOVE Dubrovnik. My girlfriend and I spent a week in an apartment up on the hillside there. What a beautiful place. Thanks for reminding me to take a look back at my photos from the trip.

  4. Dubrovnik is definitely a beautiful city to wander, we had a lot of fun there 🙂 It’s so picturesque as well, perfect for photo taking. We enjoyed Split a lot more though, a bit more ‘real’ and less large tour groups. Dubrovnik is certainly worth a visit though – and it’s lovely to sail through the Islands from Dubrovnik –> Split!

  5. I must be seriously sheltered, cause I have never even thought of Croatia as a tourist destination, but wow, all these posts about Croatia you’ve done have definitely sent it to the top of my list. How did I not know about this place?!

  6. We have been to Croatia to vacation two years in a row (and will go back next year) and we are pretty much OBSESSED.

    A quick clarification on the “PRIVATE MY ASS” beach – that spot is one of our favorites in Dubrovnik to lounge and cliff jump. The PRIVATE areas are a couple of small concrete landings that are owned by locals – so they are actually “private.” But the tourists spread out everywhere else.

    Even the huge crowds and heat can’t take away the magic of Dubrovnik!

  7. I’am from Croatia and it’s good to hear great things about Croatia but i’m sorry you didn’t get the chance to see other regions like Zagorje or Slavonia.Zagorje is beautiful.You can see lot of castle’s and wine roads and beautiful landscape.

  8. have been to Dubrovnik a couple of times before going again this year on a cruiseship (again) a beautiful place with friendly people going to walk the wall this time

    1. Thanks for the update!

      On all my posts the prices are accurate as of date of publication. Beyond that, they change, but if I constantly updated prices on old posts I’d have no time to do anything else! 🙂 It’s always a good idea to check the official website before you go.

      1. Elizabeth Ashleigh Williams

        Hi Kate was about to book Dubrovnik until I read this article. I too have a bad phobia of birds since I was a child. How bad is it in Dubrovnik? I see a few on images and yes I guess there will be swarms in the square! I have recently travelled to Barcelona, Palma City, Rome & Prague where there is also many birds but I try to deal with it when I get there as I love to travel. (Typical my love for city breaks is the worst places for pigeons) Thanks Ash x

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