I’ve never been a fan of the medieval age. It’s filled with countless wars, plagues, and the communities are
never safe against the abuse of robbers and powerful nobles. Nevertheless, medieval-themed movies greatly
interest me. And just like me – if you’re into shows like Game of Thrones, Knightfall, and Catherdral of the
Sea, visit Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik has been a site of many movies, both historical and modern, due to its peculiar landscape and one of the oldest cities in the Middetarranean. Many come to visit the castles, the stone-built homes with orange roofings, and of course, the coastal scenery of the nearby Adriatic Sea.
Tourists who arrived in Dubrovnic reach a record high 2019 – 1.5 million. But why do so many come
Dubrovnic is, without a doubt, a beautiful city. It’s atop a rocky landscape that overlooks the Adriatic Sea.Thus, hotels, houses, inns, and restaurants allow visitors to see the sunset and the meeting of the sea and the
horizon. On Dubrovnik’s back is the Srd mountain, where tourists can take a hike to reach the top and see the
grandeur of the entire city.
The houses even look great. Most follow the traditional European design – walls made out of stone and
orange slate or clay roofing. These provide a kaleidoscopic show to tourists viewing the city from the peak
of Srd mountain, especially during the sunset.
But the highlight of Dubrovnik is the walls that surround it and the castles and fortresses within its
premises. Proceed to the next section for a more detailed discussion of the brief history and top sights of
When Was Dubrovnik Built?
Refugees from Epidaurus founded the city of Dubrovnik in the 7th century B.C. The purpose of their arrival was for survival and not conquest – the refugees saw the location where Dubrovnic now stands as an escape haven after the Avars, a group o Eurasian nomads, destroyed and ransacked their town.
Dubrovnik quickly became an established city due to its proximity to the Adriatic sea. The Adriatic provided it with all the resources for the inhabitants to live an abundant life, such as fish. Even so, the greatest gift that the sea bestowed didn’t come in the form of marine resources or raw goods from the land but instead came from something more commercial – maritime trade and political connections.
Both the Venice and Byzantine empire crafted political connections with Dubrovnik. As for Dubrovnik, it craftily used its importance to both for leveraging itself. Goods from Venice and Byzantine abundantly arrived in Dubrovnik, and these fueled its economic prosperity.
Venice got Dubrovnik under its control. However, the city broke free from its grasp with the Treaty of Zadar, This very same treaty bestowed Dubrovnik with independence and political authority. As a result, it later became a Republic and existed as an independent city-state from the 14th century-19th century. At present, Dubrovnik is a part of Croatia.
Walls of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a unique city because surrounding its entirety is an expensive wall complex. The walls of
Dubrovnik provided the city with military advantage during times of war, for it precluded invaders from
entering the city from the sea and the land.
The walls within the city are categorized into sea walls and land walls. The land walls that protect the city
from invaders coming by foot reach 13 feet, 20 feet, or 80 feet. These walls are made out of fortified
construction, and think that siege equipment and cannonballs don’t have any effects.
Installed on the land walls are gates located in specific parts of the city. These gates either provide access to
the mainland or access to the harbor. Namely, they’re Gate of Pile, Gate of Ploce, and Gate of Buza.
On the other hand, the sea walls are a series of interconnecting walls that conjoin on the forts of Dubrovnik.
They reach a height of 5 feet or 16 feet. The sea walls protected Dubrovnik from the attacks of invaders initiated at the sea, especially the Venetians.
Dubrovnik Castles and Fortress
To make the wall reinforcements better, castles and fortresses are in Dubrovnik as strategic points at war times. These are some of the best fortresses for you to see:
Imperial Fortress – The imperial fortress is on the top of Dubrovnik’s Mt.Srd and has existed since 1812. At present, it acts as a museum that keeps numerous armaments and gun emplacements. During the siege of Old Town in 1990, the Imperial Fortress played a pivotal role in fighting the Balkan invaders.
Fortress of St Lawrence – On Western Dubrovnik atop a 37-meter tall rock formation is the Fortress of St. Lawrence. Records show that it has existed since 1301. For many years, this fortress protected
Dubrovnik from attacks coming from land and sea
Minceta Fortress – It’s hard to miss Minceta Fortress because it’s on the highest point of Dubrovnik, so it’s easily seen. The flags on its tower are also a distinguishable trait. Minceta Fortress provides a wonderful view of the Dubrovnik landscape and the surrounding sea.
As for the castles , you might to visit:
Palace Knezev Dvor – Palace Knezev Dvor is a major tourist hotspot in Dubrovnik’s old town. This
palace served as the highest seat of power when Dubrovnik became a republic. It features the
architectural elements of Venezian-Gothic. At present, this palace serves as a local museum and as a
local music hall. Near to it is the Old Town’s Luza Square.
Divona Palace – Having existed since the 15th century, Divona Palace boasts a very attractive facade.
There’s nothing to see inside. However, it’s worth the stop if you’re going to the nearby town square.
What To See In Dubrovnik Old Town?
The Old Town district is a spot on the protruding portion of Dubrovnik’s landscape that is a hotspot of
historical buildings. In here, you’ll find old monasteries, churches, squares, and monasteries that have existed
since the city was built. On the nearby port are boats and yachts for rent if you want to go fishing or go
cruising on the Adriatic sea.
Monasteries in Dubrovnik town that you should visit are the Dominican Monastery, the Franciscan
Monastery, and Monastery Musem. On the other hand, churches where you can visit to see masses are
St.Blaise, Church of Saint Saviour, and Dubrovnik Cathedral. Monuments taking cool photos are the
Onofrijeva Cesma, Orlandov Column, Jesuit Stairs, and the Bell Tower.
Dubrovnik Game Of Thrones Locations
Due to its highly medieval setting, Dubrovnik has been the setting for many films. One of the most famous
that utilized its spots is Game of Thrones. Here’s a quick list of all locations in Dubrovnik where some
scenes of the series took place.
Lorvrijenac Fortress – Western Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik West Pier – Just east of Lovrijenac Fortress and only a walking distance away
Dubrovnik Pile Harbor – Just a walk away from the fortifications of the Old Town
Fort Bokar – Another great fortress and famous for its cylindrical structure. This one sits on the
rock cliff adjacent to Lovrijenac Fortress
Gradac Park – a small park that’s within the vicinity of Lovrijenac and highly popular for its well
trimmed trees and clean surroundings, and water fountain
In Croatia is a 20 kilometers coast that connects Dubrovnik to the nearby town of Cavtat, otherwise known as
Dubrovnik Riviera. Composing the Dubrovnik Riviera are five beaches, namely Kupari, Srebreno, Mlini,
Soline, and Plat. On the backside of the coastline is a road that serves as a direct route from Cavtat to
Dubrovnik and vice-versa.
Dubrovnik Rivier is famous due to the trees’ scenic backdrop, which provides a wonderful contrast to
the white silhouette of Srd mountain during the summer. The emerald waters are great for swimming and
kayaking, or canoeing excursions.
Only a few establishments and around. That’s why Dubronvick Riviera serves best for escaping the fracas of
the city. Secure a parasol, drinks, and food from the city before coming as stores and equipment rentals are
Which Is The Best Part of Dubrovnik To Stay?
Booking the inns within Dubrovnik’s old town is the best. Hotels are on the far side of the city. This means
that you’ll have to ride public transport to visit the castles, fortresses, monasteries, and churches. But if
you’re in the Old Town inns , all tourists spots are quick to access.
Dubrovnik Croatia Nightlife
To be honest, Dubrovnik is not the place that you would want to go for nightlife. The city bustles during
the day. However, the lack of hefty bars, clubs, and pubs make it very peaceful at night. At night, what’s left
to do is go shopping or drink a glass or two at some of the bars.
If you want to spend your night raving until dawn, head to Copacobana Beach. This might be the only place
in Dubrovnik that provides quality night beach parties for tourists, complete with wine, beer, cocktails,
roasts, fast food, and seafood. You might also want to try Latino Fuego Club near Dubrovnik’s Pile Gate or
Free Things To Do In Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik doesn’t have a lot of free things to offer. However, it can still accommodate you if you’re running
out of budget for experiencing the premium tourist attractions. Here are the top free things to do in Dubrovnik
before ending this article:
1.Explore Dubrovnik Riviera
2.Walk around the streets of Old Town
3.Spend a day relaxing at Graca Park
4.Take photos of fortresses
5.Hike on the trails of Mount Srd
6.Go window shopping at Dubronvic Shopping Center
7.Watch the live performances of street guitarists, violinists, and pianists