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Ask the Guide - May 2017

By  May 28, 2017

Who, what, when, where and how! We have the answers to all your questions about Dubrovnik from one of the leading tour guides in the city – Ivan Vukovic.

If you have ever had a guided tour of Dubrovnik there is a good chance that you have bumped into Ivan Vukovic. For the past decade Ivan has been leading visitors around Dubrovnik, thousands and thousands of guests have been captivated by his local insight and wealth of knowledge. From Game of Thrones to walking tours and even Star Wars tours Vukovic is always thinking ahead of the game. You can find more information on Ivan Vukovic and his tours at his website -

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Here are this week’s questions

When is the best time of the day to visit the city walls and how long does it take to walk them?

Definitely in the early morning at 8.00 a.m when the walls open for visitors so as to avoid the scorching heat. This is particularly important in the high season because temperatures can reach 35 degree and there is very little shade on the walls. It takes around an hour and a half to walk the city walls, 1,940 metres, at a reasonable pace.

What are the top three sights that you would recommend to see in Dubrovnik?
My top three recommendations to see and do whilst in Dubrovnik are, in no particular order, the City Walls and the Lovrjenac Fortress, the Dubrovnik Cable Car and the island of Lokrum.

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 Minceta Fortress - the highest part of the Dubrovnik City Walls  

How many gates are there into the Old City and which is the least busy?

There are three land entrances into the Old City of Dubrovnik – Pile, Ploce and Buza. There are also two gates from the old harbour into the Old City. Out of all of the three gates into the city the least busy is the Buza Gate, the north gate. But beware there are plenty of steps down from this gate to the centre of the city, not a problem when enterting, a bigger problem climbing up 200 or so steps when you leave. This gate, in spite of the steps, is the best option if you want to go on the cable car, as the crow flies it is the shortest distance from the Stradun.

How much was left of the city after the 1667 earthquake?

The 1667 earthquake was one of the darkest days of Dubrovnik’s history. The aftermath of the earthquake killed half of the population, around 3,000 citizens, and two thirds of the city was destroyed either in the quake or as a result of the ensuing fires.