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The heart of Dubrovnik is its Old Town or Old City area. This entire area is surrounded by walls and the medieval ramparts making you feel like you are stepping back into time, or onto a movie set. Enter the old town through the Pile City Gate, the main old city entrance. While crossing the drawbridge, imagine that this was once lifted every evening, the gate closed and the key handed to the rector. Notice the statue of St Blaise, the city’s patron saint, set in a niche over the Renaissance arch. After passing through the outer gate, continue down to the inner gate dating from 1460, topped once again by a St Blaise statue, this one by leading Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović (1883–1962). Pass beneath the Gothic arch and immediately be struck by first views of Placa, or as it’s commonly known, Stradun, Dubrovnik’s famous pedestrian promenade. Explore the Old City by foot navigating through the quaint alleyways with a guide. Learn about the city’s historical past and modern-day relevance.
After exploring the heart of the old city, take it in from a different vantage point: atop the city walls. The walls surround the old city and are 1940 meters long with 6 fortresses (Lovrijenac, Revelin, Minčeta, Bokar, St John and St Lucas). The city walls have been considered to be amongst the great fortification systems of the Middle Ages, as they were never breached by a hostile army during this time period (reference.) Walk the ~2 km (~1.2 mile) distance around the old city on top of its protective walls.
- Not recommended for participants with mobility challenges (lots of walking on cobblestones, stairs, etc.)