Old Town Dubrovnik Walking Tour
- Old Town: A walled seaside realm of marble streets, fountains, fortifications, and terracotta roofs that Lord Byron called "the pearl of the Adriatic."
- Medieval Heritage: Sites such as Sponza Palace harken back to the Republic of Ragusa, Dubrovnik's name when it flourished as one of Europe’s wealthiest city-states.
- The Stradun: A mere thousand feet in length but jam-packed with historical significance, the city's main street runs from Pile to Ploce Gates.
About this Dubrovnik tour
These streets are made for walking. And since no cars are allowed inside Dubrovnik's Old Town, that’s just what you'll do. There’s a ton of sights to see; it's a World Heritage site, after all. Yet the city is small and compact enough that an hour is just enough time.
Meet your guide, who will be holding a red umbrella and a sign that says "Secrets of Dubrovnik," by Pile Gate's Great Onofrio’s Fountain. Thirsty already? No problem. The fountain’s 16 taps have been supplying free, fresh water since the 15th century. Nearby, the 14th century Franciscan monastery shelters the world’s oldest working pharmacy.
A little further, in front of the mammoth clock tower, stands the Baroque Church of St. Blaise, named for the spiritual guardian of Dubrovnik. Across from the church, Gundulic Square bustles with market stalls in the morning. Try local goodies like Pag cheese, made from sheep's milk, or fritule, the Croatian version of a doughnut.
As you navigate down the promenade and around the alleyways that link to the Stradun, notice the city's harmony of form and function. Helping the cause is an absence of billboards, overt advertising, and neon lights. Why? Businesses are required to preserve Dubrovnik's medieval look and feel.
The Stradun ends at the Ploce, the medieval gate that protects Old Town and resides next to Sponza Palace. Ragusa's customs house and mint, Sponza recently served as the terminus for actress Lena Headey's nude walk of shame in Season 5 of Game of Thrones. Don't try to reenact the scene, though...producers paid $200,000 to the city after months of intense negotiations (film commissioners originally denied a permit due to rigid laws about the expression of sexuality). These streets are certainly made for walking, but only Queen Cersei dares do it in her birthday suit.
The most interesting man in the Old World?
St. Blaise's resume puts yours to shame. Philosopher. Doctor. Late Antiquity's Dr. Dolittle (he convinced a wolf to return a pig snatched from its owner; the pig later brought him two candles as thanks). Throat healer of humankind (he rescued a child from choking on a fishbone). Bishop. Martyr (his region's Roman governor failed to kill him by beating, drowning, and iron combing; beheading worked, though). He also appeared from beyond the grave in 971 to warn of an impending Venetian assault on Dubrovnik, which led to his honorarium as the city's patron saint.
Make your way to the big Onofrius Fountain in Dubrovnik Old Town (Poljana Paska Milicevica) to meet your guide. Please look for a red umbrella where your guide will have a “Secrets of Dubrovnick” sign.
Old Town features some great shops and restaurants. Your guide can make any recommendations so plan to explore, shop and grab a bite to eat after your tour.
Plan to walk or stand for an hour, over flat paved and cobblestone paths and climb some steps. Dubrovnik Old Town is wheelchair accessible; most of museums are not. Bring a companion to offer any assistance.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Budget & Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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