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“A must do” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient City Walls

Ancient City Walls
Placa ulica 32 | just inside Pile Gate, to the left., Dubrovnik 20000, Croatia
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Ranked #1 of 60 attractions in Dubrovnik
Type: Ancient Ruins, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“A must do”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Around a 2KM hike but well worth the small effort. You get a unique perspective on the ancient City along with a look at how the locals live.

Visited November 2013
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“Always Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is another "must do" when in Dubrovnik! Go early to avoid the cruise ship crowds and (depending on the time of year) the heat of mid day or take plenty of water. There are a couple of spots to purchase water, etc...along the walls. The views are spectacular from virtually everywhere along the walls, but especially great from the tower mincheta. There are two access points to get up to the walls. I recommend starting from the orofino fountain side so the tower is the last thing you do as it is one way only. There are a fair amount of stairs and climbing involved so may not be suitable for all.

Visited November 2013
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“A strenuous walk but worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We visited the old town of Dubrovnik on a Sunday, during a one day stop at the port of Dubrovnik by our cruise ship. The cruise ship company provided a shuttle bus service to transport us from the port to a city square adjacent to the walls of the old town of Dubrovnik. After spending a short time exploring the streets of the old town which is situated entirely within the city walls, we made our way to the city walls ticket office to purchase our tickets for entrance to the city wall walk.
The cost of the tickets was 90 Croatian kunas per person. This equates to almost €12 each. As the ticket office only accepts payment in the local Croatian currency, we had to use our credit card to pay for the tickets as we did not wish to exchange Euros for kunas at a money changer and then be saddled with the local currency for a only a one day visit to Croatia.
Fortunately many of the shops, cafes and bars in the old town do accept Euros as payment for goods and services.
Because it was a a Sunday in summer-time, the queues both at the ticket office and the main entrance to the city walls walk were quite long. When our tickets were collected at the entrance, we were then faced with an immediate steep climb up a long and narrow set of stone steps to the top of the wall to begin the walk along the wall walk-way. When we arrived at the top of the steps there were signs and arrows to indicate that visitors should walk around the walkway in one direction only; that direction being anti-clockwise.
At various points along the walk there are sets of stones steps which descend and at other points there are sets of stone steps which ascend. There are also plenty of viewing points where you can pause to take in the magnificent views. The views over the bays are splendid. On the day of our visit there were two cruise ships moored in the bays and there was plenty of water activities going on with tender vessels transferring passengers from the ships to the shore and kayakers paddling in groups around the small nearby island. The views over the old town within the walls were fascinating. You could clearly see the streets and many lane ways of the old town. You could also see across the roof tops of houses, public buildings and churches. One of the sad things to observe was that it was quite obvious where there had been some significant rebuilding and restoration which had occurred as a result of the aerial bombing of the old town that had taken place during the Balkan war of the 1990's. At certain points around the walk you feel as if you are being quite intrusive as you find yourself looking straight down into the backyards of people's homes.
About halfway around the walk from the main entrance there is a small kiosk where you can purchase cool drinks, ice-creams and souvenirs. Very handy if the day is very warm as it was at the time of our visit. There are also a couple of towers along the walk which you can climb the steps up into, to gain a view from an even higher vantage point. There are also two auxiliary entrance and exit points along the walk where you can leave the walk before completing the entire circuit, if you find the walk too demanding or if you have simply had enough.
We completed the entire circuit which I estimated to have been approximately 2 - 3 kilometres in length. It is certainly a strenuous walk that demands a reasonable level of fitness but is well worth the effort if you can manage it. If the day that we visited is anything to go by, it can be very warm and you need to dress in appropriate clothing and wear comfortable, sturdy footwear.

Visited July 2013
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“Amazing views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Make sure you have the energy to do this as the whole wall is a must. We were there in June and it was very hot so be sure to bring water and a hat for shade. The views are amazing. Do not miss this.

Visited June 2013
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“Good Views, Good Exercise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Our tour guide gave us a good historical background of the walls and the city. The views are excellent from several locations. It was crowded, but not too bad. It is a bit of a walk, including some stair climbing so it is not for everyone.

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