No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a visit to the famous Old Town – a town which is entirely surrounded by a medieval wall and various different forts. The wall was built in the 10th century to protect the city from attack from Serbia and it extends 2km around the edge of the city.
It takes about 2 hours to walk all the way round, so make sure you do this walk in the morning or early evening! I decided to walk the whole of the city walls at midday on one of the hottest days of my life and it almost killed me. Fortunately, there are cafes around the walk with seriously overpriced bottles of water that probably saved my life!
As well as the walls themselves, another form of protection was provided by the separate fortress known as Fort Lovrijenac. Lovrijenac was the most important part of the defence system for western Dubrovnik, defending against attacks from both land and sea. It is now used as a theatre in the summer.
Whilst walking the city walls, there are beautiful 360 degree views of the deep blue adriatic sea, as well as the jumble of red rooftops of the Old Town buildings.
At certain points along the wall, you can see the nearby Lokrum island, about 600 metres off the coast of Dubrovnik.
Towards the eastern side of the walls there are panoramic views of the Old Port. The quaint and pretty harbour still shows what it would have looked like in the Middle Ages when this was one of the busiest ports of the Adriatic. There are a number of small boats, and in the morning locals still go out into the bay to fish. Here is also where you can catch a boat to one the small islands close by.
One of the more dangerous activities that you can take part in in Dubrovnik is cliff jumping. Dubrovnik has twice hosted events in the World Series Cliff Diving Competition, and there are spots along the way where you can watch those who are brave enough jumping into the sea below.
The walls of Dubrovnik are open everyday between 8am and 7pm, and it costs 70 kuna to enter.