For the best views of the Old Town and harbor, take a leisurely stroll atop the historic city walls. Winding 1,940 meters around the city, the walls were originally constructed in the 8th century, but most of those intact today were built between the 13-16th centuries. The walls reach a peak height of approximately 25 meters, but sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea and neatly stacked, orange-tiled rooftops of the Old Town can be seen from any vantage point. Along the way you’ll pass cannons carefully overlooking the fortified city, fortresses, towers and gated cells. You’re also likely to encounter local artists painting the scenery and displaying their artwork along the ancient walls.
Main Entrance at Pile Gate., Dubrovnik
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Buza, literally, a hole in the wall, is what leads you through the Old Town’s south wall into two truly unique environments with breathtaking views of the sea. Barely legible etchings of “Buza” above otherwise unmarked doorways on the town’s wall mark the nondescript entrances to these popular seaside perches. Buza I and Buza II are carved into the cliffside, creating multi-level terraces where you can enjoy a cold drink, the hot sun and a stunning panorama of the sea and adjacent islands. The cliffside also provides a point from which brazen visitors can choose to jump directly into the sea below. More timid visitors looking for a swim can easily access the water from a ladder attached to the cliffside. During the summer months, the bars do not abide by set closing hours.
If you spend enough time in Dubrovnik, it is inevitable that eventually you will have explored all of the shops, sites, galleries and restaurants of the Old Town, walked the city walls, lounged at the beaches and will be looking for another way to spend your day. A short ferry ride from Dubrovnik’s port, at a cost of about $7, will get you to the island of Lokrum. The island is probably best known for it population of roaming peacocks, originally brought to the island by Maximilian of Habsburg, the Austrian archduke, who kept a holiday home there, however visitors will find a variety of other fascinating sites. The island hosts a 15th century Franciscan monastery, a nude beach, an extensive botanical garden, cliff jumping and the remains of Fort Royale which was built during the French Napoleonic occupation of Dubrovnik.