Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most glamorous tourist destination and is best known for its spectacular Old Town with its sturdy medieval defensive walls. Explore the beautiful town by walking around the ramparts where you’ll see fortresses, towers and cannons along the way. Get up on the walls and experience a bird’s eye view of the old town rooftops as they lead the way to the glistening Adriatic Sea.
Top Attractions in Dubrovnik
Old City Walls
As one of Dubrovnik’s best known features, the Old City Walls were built during the 10th century and modified and the 13th and 14th centuries. The walls are as high as 6 meters and up to 6 meters thick, which is why they provided the old town with a solid defense against any invaders. The walls total almost 2 kilometers in length and makes for a great strolling opportunity where you’ll see the Adriatic Sea and the Old City Center. The Minceta Tower and the Bokar Tower, along with the two forts; Lovrjenac Fort and the Revelin Fort, are 4 of the best attractions along the walls. You can gain entrance to the walls by the main entrance of Pile Gate.
Stradun of Dubrovnik
If you’re keen on joining others to watch the day drift by, Stradun is the place to get it done. This has to be one of Europe’s most breathtaking pedestrian thoroughfares and offers plenty of cafés and restaurants along the way to refresh tourists that have been scaling the city all day. The walkway is famed for its limestone paving that measure 300 meters in length and dates back to 1468.
The Assumption Cathedral of Dubrovnik is beautiful with its Baroque style designs, and is best known for its three aisles, three apses and the magnificent interior décor. The Cathedral’s Treasury is a must see because it houses a lot of important relics, and most famously is home to a portion of the cross that Jesus Christ was thought to have been crucified upon.
Dubrovnik City Gates
Pile Gate has been the main entrance to Dubrovnik for centuries and it’s undoubtedly still the city’s most interesting access point. The gate used to be surrounded by a moat and a drawbridge, but the very pleasant garden in the old moat is an attraction in its own right today. You’ll also see the Statue of St. Blaise located in a niche in the arch and an ancient door that dates back to 1460. You might be interested in checking out the other great gate called Ploce Gate, just behind the Asimov Tower or the Revelin Fort nearby the gate.
The Square of Loggia
As Dubrovnik’s central gathering point, the Square of Loggia features some of the city’s most famous buildings and public monuments. Some of the most popular attractions include Orlando's Column, the famous Loggia of the Bells, the Church of St. Blaise, the Clock Tower dating back to the 15th century and the small fountain of Onofrio.
Dubrovnik’s very own Gibraltar, rightfully dubbed so due to its location on a rocky promontory outside of the western wall, Fort Lovrijenac is one of Croatia’s most important fortresses. The fort rises a whopping 37 meters above the Adriatic and is best known for its triangular layout and its three terraces. The fort (also known as Fort Lawrence) can be accessed by one of the two drawbridges and the gateway through its stunning walls than runs as thick as 12 meters in some places.
The Big Fountain of Onofrio
Dubrovnik’s famous Big Fountain of Onofrio was built between 1438 and 1444, and it’s one of the city’s best known historic monuments. The fountain is located directly in front of the picturesque St. Saviour Church that was built in the early 16th century. It’s one of the few buildings that survived the massive earthquake of 1667 and is hugely popular for its Gothic and Renaissance features.
The Dominican Monastery
When the Dominican Monastery was built during the 1300’s, construction was on such as scale that parts of the city wall had to be moved just to accommodate the massive building. After the 1667 earthquake, the monastery was rebuilt to its present form. The monastery’s museum boasts an abundance of 15th and 16th century religious paintings, gold and silverware and other relics. Equally as impressive is Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery.
The Rector’s Palace
The Rector’s Palace is where you’ll find the city’s Cultural Historical Museum that provides visitors with a stunning mix of Gothic and early Renaissance styles and a central courtyard that’s absolutely delightful to explore.
The Fort of St. John
Located on the eastern edge of the old town you’ll find the Fort of St. John, which locals refer to as the Fort of St. Ivan. What was once an important part of Dubrovnik’s defenses, the fort now houses a lot of modern attractions that are well worth exploring? Check out the Maritime Museum of Dubrovnik, the Aquarium of Dubrovnik and off course the nearby Bokar Fort, for some of the best views over the Adriatic.