Fodor's Expert Review Gradske Zidine
Dubrovnik's city walls define the Old Town and are one of the world's most stunning architectural achievements. A walk along the top, which can last a couple of hours if you stop to take in the incredible views, is the ultimate Dubrovnik must-do. The walls run for 2 km (1¼ miles), completely encircling the town. They're part of the fortification system with four gates, including the Pile and Ploče Gates, as well as four towers, including the freestanding Lovrijenac Fortress to the west and the Minčeta Tower toward the land, which was built at the height of the Ottoman threat. Most of the original construction took place during the 13th century, though the walls were further reinforced with towers and bastions over the following 400 years. On average they are 80 feet high and up to 10 feet thick on the seaward side, 20 feet thick on the inland side. Plan your walk for the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat and the cruise-ship crowds.