The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free

The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free

Sandra Rosenau Last Updated: Sunday 1 March 2020 Croatia Leave a Comment

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[vc_column_tcext]It’s crazy: people pay HRK200 (EUR27/USD30) and more to walk in blazing sunshine and over 30 degrees heat on top of a 2-kilometre long wall made of highly reflective, light-coloured stone. Now and then, the flow of people grinds to a halt, and they patiently wait in single file in the midday heat while someone in front of them snaps a photo or while they wait to climb the next tower. All just to look down into Dubrovnik’s Old Town, its narrow streets and over its terracotta roofs?

We get it, the views are nice. But being a coastal town backed by mountains, don’t you think there are other vantage points where you can enjoy the same (or even more) gorgeous views (for free or at least less) and with far fewer people likely to photobomb?

Today’s article is for those of you who can let go of the idea of having to tick off walking on the Dubrovnik city walls and are happy to check out other spots instead.[/vc_column_text]

Being backed by mountains, there are gazillion gorgeous views over Dubrovnik's Old Town | Photo by Cédric Lambert on Pixabay
Being backed by mountains, there are gazillion gorgeous views over Dubrovnik's Old Town | Photo by Cédric Lambert on Pixabay

#1 – Public Basketball Court

The closest viewpoint over the Old Town is still in the Old Town. It’s the public basketball court below the Minčeta Tower. Be mindful though if people are playing and don’t disturb their game. It’s great that the locals who remain in the Old Town have this facility. So don’t spoil it.

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Old Town from Basketball Court
The public basketball court below the Minčeta Tower - probably the best views within the Old Town

#2 – Foundry Museum

Parts of this archaeological museum are right underneath the basketball court. We had no idea until we visited the museum and realised where it was.

As you’re heading from the museum along the lower fortifications towards Pile Gate, you can enjoy pretty cool views along the wall and towards the Gate and Lovrijenac Fortress. It may not be the Old Town you’re looking at but pretty special nevertheless.

Enjoy the views from the Foundry Museum's lower fortifications towards Pile Gate and Lovrijenac Fortress
Enjoy the views from the Foundry Museum's lower fortifications towards Pile Gate and Lovrijenac Fortress

#3 – From the water

Jump on the ferry to Lokrum Island, kayak from Kolorina Beach or join a boat tour for a different perspective of the ancient city walls.

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#4 – Ploče Gate

The views of the Old Harbour from the bridge and the little park at Ploče Gate are amazing.

There are amazing panoramic views of the Old Harbour from Ploče Gate
There are amazing panoramic views of the Old Harbour from Ploče Gate

#5 – Ploče and the roads above the Old Town

Whether you walk along Jadranska Cesta, Peter Krešimir Street or any other of the many streets in Ploče, the suburb above the Old Town, there are countless spots from where to catch views over the Old Town. Just watch the traffic and don’t block the narrow walkways.

Whether you stay in Ploče or just wander around, there are gorgeous views over the Old Town at every turn
Whether you stay in Ploče or just wander around, there are gorgeous views over the Old Town at every turn

#6 – Mt Srd

Mt Srd is the mountain right behind Dubrovnik. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset. And a great spot for views over the Old Town.

When we were there, the cable car wasn’t in operation due to some dispute with the council, but it seems to be running again. Other options to get up Mt Srd are to hike (there is a zig-zag path up but it’s largely unprotected from the sun) or by Uber/taxi. Or join a buggy tour.

Mt Srd is a great spot to watch the sunset over Dubrovnik | Photo by Johannes Krasser on Pixabay
Mt Srd is a great spot to watch the sunset over Dubrovnik | Photo by Johannes Krasser on Pixabay

#7 – Revelin Nightclub

Next door to Ploče Gate, the old fortress turned nightclub also offers great views. Entry fees are about half of what you pay to walk along the city walls AND you can enjoy amazing acts.

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Can you recommend any other great viewpoint(s) not yet on our list? Please leave a comment below.

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The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free
The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free
The best views over Dubrovnik and where to catch them (largely) for free

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