It is not necessary to dress like Cersei or Tyrion Lannister to walk around the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik, but don’t be surprised to spot the odd Game of Thrones fan doing just that. These spectacular fortified walls have been the backdrop for King’s Landing in the cult TV series since 2011. They have also been Dubrovnik’s main defence from hostile attack – as recent as the 1990s during the Yugoslavian civil war – since the thirteenth century. I am glad I chose not to wear my best GoT gown the day I walked around the walls. It was far too hot for it and the embroidery does chafe terribly.
King’s Landing aka Dubrovnik’s Old Town and Old City Walls
The first great viewpoint along the top of the Old City Walls via Pile Gate: the Placa (Stradun), the Old Town’s main street
A stunning view of Fort Lovrijenac across the harbour from Fort Bokar within the Old City Walls
Admittedly there isn’t really much to see and do at Fort Lovrijenac apart from re-enacting the Battle of Blackwater. So, unless a fan of Game of Thrones, my advice is to enjoy its splendor from afar
Enjoying the impressive height of the Old City Walls, over twenty metres high at Fort Bokar
Some enjoying the height of the walls a little too close for comfort and far too close to the edge
Some great opportunities to show off one’s camera skills whilst continuing to walk eastbound
No need for an “Attention” sign here. I am giving this stunning view as much attention as I can muster
A reminder that the Old Town is still very much an everyday working, living city
St Ignatius church
The walls become lower as the trail turns north by the Old Port
The hillside settlement of Ploče seen at its best as the path turns inland past the Old Port and Ploče Gate …
… where tourists choose this vantage point to take their lives into their own hands yet again! (tut tut!)
An amazing sight caught here, not just of the summit of Mt Srd above, but of a section of the Old City Walls where no one else is in shot
… and here’s another!
Not everyone appears impressed by the views. One visitor has clearly seen it all before
“You take the high road and I’ll take the low road …” The Old City Walls rise again as the trail turns westbound towards Fort Minčeta …
… offering amazing views over the Old Town once again
The bell tower (right) and the dome of the cathedral
The blue dome of St Blaise church
If the roof tops look surprisingly clean and modern for a medieval city, that’s because they are. The Old Town suffered heavily under ruthless and constant mortar attack by Serbians during the Yugoslavian war in the 1990s. Practically all the roofs in the city required significant repair or complete replacement once the war had ended
Fast approaching Fort Minčeta and the end of the trail
Fort Minčeta, close up
Again, not very much to do at Fort Minčeta but it does offer the best and highest views along the Old City Walls
For those a little scared of the height of Fort Minčeta, the openings and arrow slits within its walls offer a stunning frame (and a safety barrier from the drop below) to the views beyond
The Old City Walls are open daily to the public. Opening times vary according to the time of year, usually until 3pm in the Winter months and as late as 7.30pm during the busy Summer months.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the three main entrances to the walls: Fort St John by the Old Port, Ploče Gate and Pile Gate. Pile Gate is the most popular and visually-dramatic entrance so it can be congested particularly during the Summer months. The other two locations are usually quiet and tourist-free.
The walk is approximately two kilometres long and at a leisurely pace takes around two hours to complete, although there are a few steep climbs and steps to tackle that could slow one down. Visitors who do not wish to walk the full length of the perimeter can leave from any of the three main entrances along the way. However, the entrance fee is the same regardless of how much of the circuit is completed or planned to be completed, and re-entry on the same ticket is not allowed.
Those who do have the stamina to complete the journey around exit from the location they entered the walls from. Tickets are checked at all three entrance points and the flow of traffic is strictly anti-clockwise.
Bring sun cream, a hat, plenty of water and an empty bladder for the journey particularly if it is a hot day. There is little protection from the sun up along the walls and fewer points to buy refreshments from or to ‘refresh’ in.
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