A series of pristine fortifications towering over the cobalt-blue Adriatic, Dubrovnik Old Town is one of Croatia’s most popular attractions – and it’s easy to see why. The handsome maritime city of Dubrovnik is home to Baroque architecture and Gothic palaces, and paved limestone promenades where you’ll find world-class fish restaurants and wine bars nestled in cobblestone alleyways. But its distinctive Old Town, encircled by giant stone walls built mainly in the 15th and 16th centuries, is unquestionably the jewel in its crown.
Dubrovnik Old Town holidays should start at the city walls, entered by Pile Gate – walking the walls is a great way to get your bearings. Inside, there are masses of historic buildings: look out for Fort Lovrijenac, now famous as The Red Keep in King’s Landing in ‘Game of Thrones’. If you’re keen to get active, you can kayak around the walls. Or why not take in a different view of the Old Town’s red-roofed buildings from the cable car? Holidays to Dubrovnik Old Town are astonishing from every angle.
Walk the walls
The Old Town’s stone fortifications should be on every holidaymaker’s bucket list. Take the route at your own pace – you can whizz round in an hour or fill a whole afternoon exploring.
Sip a sundowner
Make for the bars that sit on the rocks below the Old Town walls. With gorgeous views, it’s a spectacular spot to take a swim then settle in for drinks.
Admire the monastery
With stunning cloisters, the Old Town’s Franciscan monastery is home to one of Europe’s oldest pharmacies. Its shady, orange tree-filled courtyard is a lovely place to pause.