Everybody always says that a visit to Dubrovnik is not complete without the Medieval City Walls walk. Based on that we felt we couldn’t risk missing out and not doing it: plus, we were very curious to see where some scenes of our current favorite TV series, ‘Games of Thrones’ (you must be familiar with this awesome TV series, aren’t you?) was shot.
We decided to have an early start to try to make the whole experience more pleasant by avoiding the big crowds we saw the day before queuing at the entrance and, also, to avoid being cooked under a very hot sun during the hottest hours of the day.
Full of hope, wanting to give Dubrovnik’s Old Town another chance we set off, bought our tickets and without even having to wait one minute (no queue, we won!) we started our 2 km walk on the City Walls that apparently date back to the 13th century – further reinforcements, including a series of imposing towers intended to protect the city against the Turks, were added in the 15th century.
As soon as we finished climbing the flight of stairs we realized we’ve done the right thing, the view was absolutely breathtaking and worth it and we only just started!
We could enjoy the Old Town much better from up there, than from when we walked trough it. We could spot the difference of the buildings, the architecture, the little details like somebody’s washing hanging out the balcony or in the courtyard, making some interesting shadows on the floor. We could follow a little kitten climbing a tree in search for some shade, and curiously, even if it wasn’t really the right thing to do mainly because it was none of our business, we could catch the inside of the houses from a left open shatter. We could stop any time we wanted to enjoy the view of the sea and the sail boats crossing it and cutting the shining sun rays reflection.
It’s very impressive how the walls have been preserved, and we noticed that most of the roofs of the houses must have been renovated not long ago simply because of the brighter and more vivid color of some tiles respects some others.
One very important tip is to take some drinking water with you and more importantly to drink it, because whilst it is a 2 km walk, it might take a bit longer than expected especially if you stop every now and then to take pictures (how couldn’t you?) or simply to slowly walk along without any rush. If you forget it, don’t panic, there is the option to buy some refreshing drinks or souvenirs even on the City Walls, there are shops there too, very clever marketing decision! 😉
We didn’t time ourselves but I am sure we take any longer than it normally would take to complete the walk and we were pretty pleased with ourselves for having noticed a few spots where ‘Game of Thrones’ was shot – at least we think so.
We had to agree with all the travel guides and other people that said that the City Walls are a ‘must’ on a visit to Dubrovnik, so do it!