Dubrovnik … walking in the footsteps of Lannisters along the Old City Walls

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

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 ...

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 good vantage point to see the giant brick eye ball that is Onofrio's fountain

A good vantage point to see the giant brick eye ball that is Onofrio’s fountain

A stunning view of Fort Lovrijenac across the harbour from Fort Bokar within the Old City Walls

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

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

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 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 walking eastbound along the Old City Walls

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

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

A reminder that the Old Town is still very much an everyday working, living city

St Ignatius church

St Ignatius church

The walls become lower as the trail turns north by the Old Port

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 ...

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!)

… 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

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 another!

… and here’s another!

Not everyone appears impressed by the views. One resident has clearly seen it all before

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 ...

“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

… offering amazing views over the Old Town once again

Dubrovnik Old City Walls Dominican Monastery-museum Dominikanski samostan-muzej bell tower close up with bay and ship

The bell tower (right) and the dome of St Blaise church

The bell tower (right) and the dome of the cathedral

The blue dome of St Blaise church

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

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

Fast approaching Fort Minčeta and the end of the trail

Fort Minčeta, close up

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

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

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

Dubrovnik Old City Walls Fort Minceta arrowslit view of Dominican Monastery bell tower

Dubrovnik Old City Walls Fort Minceta arrowslit view of Fort Bokar

Dubrovnik Old City Walls view over city through gap in the wall

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.

TLT x


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1 Response to Dubrovnik … walking in the footsteps of Lannisters along the Old City Walls

  1. Anne Guy says:

    Not for the vertiginously challenged!! Lovely photos and I especially like the totally oblivious feline resident! Thank you TLT for introducing us to this remarkable place!!

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