Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Coastlines around the Old Town of Dubrovnik

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?

43 comments:

  1. De magnifiques photos ! superbes paysages!
    Cath.

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  2. Dubrovnik je definitivno najljepši grad u bivšoj Jugoslaviji i svako bi trebalo da ga posjeti barem jedanput u životu.

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  3. I think I would love this place. Btw $5 for a boat ride seems real cheap :)

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    1. It's only a 10 minute ride to the island. Dubrovnik is actually an expensive city to stay in.

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  4. I was one of those tourists. Thanks for recalling memories.

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    1. You're welcome. Glad you liked the shots.

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  5. Fascinating to see!
    Thank you for linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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  6. Wonderful captures of this walled city. The cloudy skies add to the ambiance.
    I love history... thanks for sharing!

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  7. Auf eine Stadt vom Meer aus zu schauen ist das Beste überhaupt! Der mittlere Sohn und ich sind nur leider nicht so irre Seetauglich, d.h. wenns arg schaukelt....... ;-P. Aber ich liebe ja das Meer und jedes Bild wo es drauf zu sehen ist, macht mich schon glücklich.

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    1. Das ist natürlich nicht das optimalste, aber auch eine Landerkundung ist es wert nach Dubrovnik zu kommen.

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  8. Hello Mersad, what a great trip. The water seems calm, perfect for a boat ride. The walled city is interesting and a neat place to explore. Beautiful photos! Have a great day!

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  9. I have never visited a walled city. I would love to know what the walls look like from the inside.

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  10. Eine sehr schöne Stadt, die auch noch auf meiner Liste steht. :-)
    Liebe Grüße

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    1. Hoffe Du schaffst es bald hierher :)

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  11. It's a great place! Nice view from the ocean.

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  12. So beautiful landscapes! Thank you for linking up with us

    - Susanna / Pieni Lintu

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for visiting back.

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  13. the color of the water is wonderful and those last two photos are beautiful. love those old walls and the fact it is up on top of that giant pile of rocks...

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  14. Your photographs make me want to travel again ;-)

    Thank you for participating in ABC-Wednesday, wishing you fun and hope to see you again next time ;-)

    have a nice day
    ♫ Mel☺dy ♫ (abc-W-team)

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  15. I would definitely do that tour!

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  16. The water is so blue! Love how you captured its color. Those old castle buildings are fascinating.

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  17. Superb captures of an awesome place, Mersad!! I would love to visit there, but your photos are the next best thing and I do enjoy them SO much!!! Hope your week is going well!!

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  18. If your goal is to make us want to be there, you succeeded!

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  19. Nice set of photos. Dubrovnik is a beautiful place for a vacation. Your photographs make me want to go there again.

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  20. Good you told that these are medieval city walls - that explains its severe fortress like style! Yes, these coastal cities are overrun by tourists in the summer:):)

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  21. Pretty impressive fort. I love touring them.

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  22. I am learning so much history from you and also able to enjoy your gorgeous photography...I would love to take this tour.....

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  23. Beautiful sites! Love the old fortresses!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  24. Your images are beautiful. Thanks for sharing Dubrovnik with us.

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  25. Such a beautiful place!Oh my I'm speechless!

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  26. What a gorgeous place! Your photos are amazing.

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  27. Very wonderful photography of a beautiful place and great post for N!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  28. Enchanting photos. What a beautiful place.

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  29. Impressive sights. The stone walls are amazing and so was the color of that water. Your photos are just stunning.

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  30. So beautiful, the blue of the water is just perfect

    Mollyxxx

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  31. Thanks for sharing these photos and giving me a chance to see someplace new!
    And in answer to your question, I LIKE the walls of Dubronvik very well.

    =)

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  32. Gorgeous, as always! The waters are so inviting. Would love to witness personally.

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  33. You have a different perspective on Dubrovnik. I saw it on a cruise from Venice to Athens and it might have been my favorite place. I particularly loved walking the city walls. It was evening so I figured that I would leave my camera behind, but then I realized it was breathtakingly beautiful. That was the day I discovered that one can take truly beautiful photos from an iPhone. Those photos were at least as good as some of the best photos from the trip taken with my big DSLR.

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  34. Great images, the architecture is impressive!

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  35. It's a beautiful place. The waters are such a wonderful shade of blue.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  36. How beautiful! You get a sense of what it would be like in the early centuries, arriving by ship!

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