Croatia has risen in popularity with tourism in recent years, with many people flocking to the country to soak up the culture, beautiful islands, amazing weather and cheap prices. One of the most popular cities in Croatia that has seen its fair share of tourists is Dubrovnik. The main attraction for many visitors is the old town, where the stone buildings sit nestled within the old city walls. In recent years, the city has also attracted fans of the TV hit Game of Thrones, as it was used as a filming location for many scenes.
The city itself has had a turbulent history. Surviving earthquakes and even coming under seige many times, including as recent as 1991. Each time it rebuilt, and in 1979 was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. There’s no in-your-face evidence of the battles the city has survived, but taking a walk around the old city walls not only gives you great views of the old town but also an idea of how it defended itself.
There are plenty of restaurants in the winding streets of the old town to sample, but you’ll pay for the privilege of eating in the old town. Compared to the rest of Europe, Dubrovnik isn’t really expensive, you’ll only really notice it if you’re coming from somewhere else within Croatia where prices are much cheaper.
Walking around the old city walls is tough work in the heat, but the views are just breathtaking and totally worth it. You’ll be treated to stunning views of the old town, the spread of red rooftops and the surrounding areas of Dubrovnik city. With plenty of places to stop along the way, the walk can easily take a couple of hours, but with such amazing views it’s not a hardship.
The old town of Dubrovnik is stunning and interesting to explore, but if you stay outside the old city walls then you’ll be treated to amazing views of the Dalmatian Coast as you walk to and from the old town.
If you’re exploring Croatia and coming or leaving Dubrovnik by ferry, the port of Gruz is just a short bus ride from the old town. It’s an early start to catch the ferry, but totally worth it for the sunrise views of the port and coastline.