Coastlines are always interesting to observe, especially if you have the chance to do so from a boat (like I did in this case). Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive old town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. If you take a boat from the old town harbor to the nearby island of Lokrum, you can observe the outer walls and the coast very nicely, and I tired to do so during my visit, a couple of years back now. I hope you will enjoy the summer sights.
In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Dubrovnik is among the 10 best preserved medieval walled cities in the world. Nowadays the city is swarmed with tourists, and it's actually nice to step on about and escape the crowds a little bit. A boat ride to the island Lokrum costs around 40 kuna (5 $) and also includes a trip back to the old town.
A feature of Dubrovnik are its walls (910.584 visitors in 2014) that run almost 2 km (1.24 miles) around the city. The walls run from four to six meters (13 to 19 feet) thick. The system of turrets and towers were intended to protect the vulnerable city. The walls of Dubrovnik have also been a popular filming site for the fictional city of King's Landing in the TV show Game of Thrones, which I have written about previously.
Next up is a shot of the St. Lawrence Fortress, often called Dubrovnik's Gibraltar, and it's located outside the western city walls. The fortress has a big court with mighty arches and, as its height is uneven, it has 3 terraces with powerful parapets with the broadest one looking south towards the sea. It lies outside the old town but you can take a look at it when you stand on the walls of the old town.
The old town harbor is the palce where our little journey started, and it's also the place where it will end. I hope to do a post about the inside of the old town as well soon.
How do you like the outer walls of the old town of Dubronvik?