No trip to Dubrovnik is complete without venturing around its world-famous City Walls, a monumental structure offering jaw-dropping views at every step. The most instagrammable views are from the rounded Minceta Fortress – the highest vantage point in the Old Town, but the whole trail is just as picturesque. Once you’ve traversed this man-made expanse (visitors usually take a couple of hours to walk the walls) take a break at one of the cafes along Stradun, a buzzing promenade just made for people-watching.
Unsurprisingly, the highest view of Dubrovnik is also one of the most rewarding. As you soar up Mount Srd on the cable car, the ascending view is spectacular; the shifting panorama of the Old Town and Lokrum Island is gradually swallowed up by the brilliant blue sea. At the peak of the summit, the aptly named restaurant Panorama provides just that – with excellent views stretching over the harbour.
One of the most impressive of Dubrovnik’s antiquities, Fort Lovrijenac is instantly recognizable to Game of Thrones fans as the Red Keep in King’s Landing. High above sea level, this stunning monument offers a soaring panorama over the City Walls and Dubrovnik’s Old Town, framed by a blazing blue Adriatic sea. A pocket-sized beach on the western side of the fort is a great place cool down with a swim.
When the glow of the sun begins to lessen, visitors make a beeline for Buza – two bars cut into the rockface on the side of the City Walls. It’s the perfect place to drink up the sunsets with a cocktail. Although touted as something of a ‘hidden-bar’, these days, Buza is nobody’s best-kept secret, and tends to pack up with punters pretty quickly, so if you’re chasing a sundowner, arrive way before sunset to guarantee a table.
For a perfect escape from the tourist-thronged city, experience Dubrovnik from the perspective of the sea, with enviable panoramas of the City Walls and the Old Town concealed within. Once you’ve paddled out to sea, there’s nothing like watching the sunset while perched on the waves.