The most popular attraction in Dubrovnik, the ancient city walls, is having a bumper year. More visitors than ever before are choosing to walk around the 1.9 kilometre long walls and enjoy the spectacular views over the terracotta roofs of the Old City. In August 199,000 people visited the walls, which is a massive 12.5 percent more than in August 2014 when 177,000 tickets were sold. And from the beginning of this year until the end of August the visitor numbers have increased by 10 percent on the same period from last year. “After last year's record figures such an increase this year is surprising,” commented the secretary of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, Niko Kapetanic. The society controls and cares for the upkeep of the historic walls.
In the first eight months 712,000 tickets have been sold for the walls, of which 84 percent were individual visitors, 8 percent through travel agencies and 8 percent with the Dubrovnik City Card. “In the first eight months of the year the increase was slightly higher than 10 percent, overall the walls have been visited by 712,000 people, and if the rate of ticket sales in the next following months is the same as last year then we will reach 980,000 visitors by the end of the year. However as the increase in visits is on the rise, it is reasonable to expect a million visitors on the Dubrovnik City Walls this year,” concluded Kapetanic. The Dubrovnik City Walls are the most visited tourist attraction in Dubrovnik, followed by the cable car and the island of Lokrum.