- free walking tour
- cable car
- the walls of Dubrovnik
First port of call, Dubrovnik in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. After anchoring in the bay of Dubrovnik we bought a bus ticket from the kiosk and alighted at Pile Gate, the western entrance to the Old Town which is encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Due to the extremely narrow streets and steep steps of the walled Old Town the only way to see it is on foot.
We went on a free walking tour through the cobbled limestone streets which are lined with numerous souvenir shops, galleries, coffee bars and restaurants.
The buildings in the old town are perfectly preserved, and full of wonderful Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque palaces, churches, and monasteries. Some of the sights on the tour were Onofrio’s Fountain, Saint Blaise’s Church, Saint Ignatius Church, Fasada Kościoła, Pile Entrance, Sponza Palace and Old Harbour.
We did not enter any of these sights but gained general background about the history and culture of this very pretty UNESCO World Heritage town. A charming walled city, Dubrovnik is a wonderful place to stroll, and enjoy the sights.
After walking five hundred metres from the walled Old Town went travelled up to Srdj Hill via a four-minute cable car ride.
From the top of this 412m high hill we enjoyed the wonderful views over Dubrovnik surrounded by City Walls and the terracotta rooftops of the Old Town and out across the Adriatic Sea towards the islands. After returning to the lower level we walked through the city core.
The entire historical city core is surrounded by the medieval ramparts, creating the perfect illusion of a well-protected settlement from some other, past times. The walls are 1940m long and they completely surround the city, along with its forts. The town has four city gates: two that lead to the harbour and two (with drawbridges) that lead to the mainland. The bulk of the existing walls and fortifications were constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries but were continually extended and strengthened up until the 17th century. They are a very impressive.