Dubrovnik, Croatia is a sight to behold. Nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic,’ the old walled city is perfectly perched along the teal waters of the Adriatic Sea at the base of Mount Srd. While navigating the cobblestone streets and taking in the historic sights within the protected city center is a must, seeing the city from afar is even more spectacular. Visitors can find the best city views – and snap iconic Dubrovnik pictures – using our list of recommended Dubrovnik viewpoints.
The Best Dubrovnik Viewpoints
We include everything you need to know about where to go in Dubrovnik for the best views and photos! In addition to the information about each spot, we include details on where to get the best photos, how to get there – and even include a helpful map at the end of the post.
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#1 Walls of Dubrovnik Scenic Outlooks
The Dubrovnik City Walls are the top attraction in the city – and for good reason! The elevated Dubrovnik Wall Walk offers incredible, up-close views of the historic city. Visitors can climb into towers, peer down the length of the Stradun from above and look over the orange tiled rooftops of the historic city.
The best time to walk the ancient city walls of Dubrovnik is early in the morning, when they first open. The light will be softer (which is best for capturing Dubrovnik images), the temps will be cooler and the crowds will be thinner.
Best Views from Dubrovnik Old Town Walls
All of the views from the fortified Dubrovnik, Croatia wall are impressive, but we think the best views are from the northwest tower, Tvrdava Minceta, where you can see the entire city and sea. Also, not-to-be-missed is the view from above the Pile Gate. Stand above the gate and take pictures of Dubrovnik Old Town, straight down the most famous street, the Stradun, all the way to the clock tower.
Dubrovnik City Walls Tour
The complete length of the walls is a about 1.2 miles and plan on taking 1-2 hours to enjoy the views.
Tickets are required for admission to the Walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The cost is 200 kuna for adults and 50 kuna for Under 18s (free for kids ages 7 and younger). The ticket includes St. Lawrence Fort (which is #3 on our Dubrovnik Viewpoint list!). Visitors can choose to explore on their own (buy your ticket in advance!) or join a Dubrovnik Wall Tour.
There are two entry points to the walls; the main entrance is by the Pile Gate and the second entrance is near the Ploce Gate. Look for the framed signs with “Gradske Zidine” (City Walls) translated into several languages. If you can’t find it, ask someone; people are happy to point you in the right direction.
Dubrovnik Wall Hours vary by season
- January, February, March: 9:00 to 15:00
- April, May: 8:00 to 18:30
- June, July: 8:00 to 19:30
- August: 8:00 to 19:00
- September 1-14: 8:00 to 18:30
- September 15-30: 8:00 to 18:00
- October: 8:00 to 17:30
- November, December: 9:00 to 15:00
#2 Mount Srd Dubrovnik Viewpoints
For people who like an all-encompassing view, there is no better place than the top of Mt. Srd. The rocky mountain stands tall over the city and provides the absolute best vantage point of Old City Dubrovnik from above. At the summit, there is a restaurant and Fort Imperial, which houses a war museum. However, it is the Dubrovnik viewpoint that enticed us to go the top (more than once!). All along the ridge, there are sensational views of the city and Adriatic Sea.
Best Dubrovnik Photo from Mt. Srd
The view from Mt. Srd is a Dubrovnik Must-See. From the hilltop, you can take pictures of Dubrovnik, Croatia that clearly show the walled city and the islands that dot the sea. While there are viewing platforms with binoculars (between the fort and the restaurant at the cable car station), we think the best views are on either side of the buildings in the open area along the ridge.
A clear, sunny day is essential to get the best images of Dubrovnik, Croatia. And, whether you stand to the left or right of the buildings at the summit will depend on what time of day you arrive and the angle of the sun. Top Tip: We have only visited during the day, but we can imagine that Dubrovnik sunsets are spectacular from the mountaintop!
How To Get To Mount Srd
There are four popular ways to get to the top of Mount Srd: Dubrovnik Cable Car, Hike, Bus or Tour.
#3 St. Lawrence Fort (Lovrijenac) Vista
Stoically standing on a rocky outcrop outside the western Pile Gate, the Fort of St. Lawrence provides an iconic Dubrovnik view of the outer walls and sea. Built in the 11th century, the 120-foot-tall fort stands atop a cliff, protecting the small (and original) harbor. Visitors, however, do not need to go inside the fort to capture the beautiful photos of Dubrovnik, Croatia…they only need to walk up to the entrance.
The Best Views in Dubrovnik
For us, this Dubrovnik viewpoint, more than any other, accurately depicts the city’s nickname, ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic.’ While standing just in front of the fort, visitors are treated to the most beautiful view of the outer wall. The stout Bokar Tower and southwestern wall rise starkly from atop the rocks and the mesmerizing turquoise sea.
How To Get To The Dubrovnik Viewpoint
From the Old Town, exit the Pile Gate and walk through the square on the right. Make your way down to the stairs to the small waterfront and pier between the Old City and the Fort of St. Lawrence. Follow the path and the stairs that lead up to the fort entrance, but before reaching it, step off the main trail for the best snapshots near the edge of the cliff.
#4 Parking Lot Bluff Panorama
The bluff to the west of St. Lawrence Fort is (quite baffling) used as a gravel parking lot. (Who uses a scenic outlook for a parking lot?!) But, once you get past the cars to the edge, there are expansive views of the sea and city. The rocky area allows for fun exploration, in addition to the amazing Dubrovnik views.
Best Dubrovnik Pics from the Bluff
The southeast corner of the peninsula is the best spot to take photos of Dubrovnik Old Town. From the lookout point, you can frame St. Lawrence, the Old Town Walls and Lokrum Island into your shot. However, climbing carefully down onto the rocks along the southern shoreline can add some interesting dimensions to your photos, too!
How To Get There
From the Pile Gate, it is less than a 10-minute walk to the Parking Lot viewpoint through a residential neighborhood and out to the peninsula. You can use these walking directions on Google Maps.
#5 East Coastline Scenic Lookout Points
Outside the Old Town, along the eastern coastline, there are several stunning viewpoints of Dubrovnik. Exiting the city through the Ploce Gate and following paths to the shoreline reveals some of the best Dubrovnik views. We often set off, without a specific destination in mind, and walked on the road next to the coast, turning back to see the views of the walled city in the distance. Anytime there was a clear view, we stopped and gawked, but we had a suspicion that better views were awaiting us around the next corner…and there always were.
Photos of Dubrovnik above Banje Beach
Banje Beach is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik…and some of the best pictures of the city are taken from the eastern stairs that lead down to the beach. We like this viewpoint best at sunrise, when the light is softest and the beach is empty.
Staircase Down To Secret Viewpoint
Okay, this may not really be a secret, but we can’t find a name for it…and it’s one of our favorite viewpoints! Located less than a mile from Ploce Gate, stairs lead down to a path that leads down to a rocky beach with a phenomenal scenic lookout point over the sea to the city walls.
How To Find the Secret Lookout
Exit Ploce Gate and walk along east along the main coastline road, Frana Supila. Walk past Hotel Excelsior and Grand Villa Argentina, then veer to the right at the split in the road onto Vlaha Bukovca. Continue walking about a quarter of a mile to a simple staircase leading down toward the water. Climb down and continue east on the wide, paved path that extends across the top of the cliff (and look back over the sea to the city along the way!). The footpath ends, but a dirt trail continues through trees to more stairs leading to an expansive rocky shore on the sea. Walk out onto the boulders for the stunning picturesque view of Dubrovnik. Use this link for a photo description of how to get there.
Sveti Jakov Beach
Even further to the east is St. Jacob’s Beach. Although much further away, the secluded beach offers far-away views from the city. Read more about Jacob Beach in our upcoming Dubrovnik Beaches post!
Top Tip: There are several private entrances along the eastern coast, which will likely have locked gates. Don’t trespass on people’s private property; stick to the public viewpoints!
Dubrovnik Viewpoints Dining
We love to linger at the viewpoints in Dubrovnik. Having a meal or drink with a view is one of the best ways to enjoy a Dubrovnik viewpoint – and you don’t need to go to a restaurant to do it! We often bring our own picnic, bottle of wine or a few beers so that we can savor the view. Many bakeries sell sandwiches-to-go or you can stop at a grocery store to gather picnic essentials. If getting wine or beer, don’t forget an opener and cups for the wine! And, of course, take your trash with you, so it doesn’t end up in the sea!
Dubrovnik Viewpoint Map
Use this link to Google Maps for our Views of Dubrovnik map online.
What You Will Need
Although not absolutely necessary, we recommend the following when visiting our list of Dubrovnik viewpoints.
Sure, you can capture the sights with your phone camera, but we highly recommend upgrading to a real camera to take the best pictures of Dubrovnik! We use a Canon Rebel, with an 18-135mm lens. The zoom is ideal for capturing details from far away, without it being too heavy or clunky. However, for something less bulky and less expensive, we also use a Canon Powershot, which takes great pictures, too!
While it is possible to get to all of the viewpoints in flip flops, we don’t recommend it. A good pair of shoes will allow for stability when scurrying over rocks and up steps to find the best spots to take in the scene. I like these shoes by Columbia and Kris prefers wearing these by Merrell.
A paper map is helpful when trying to find the best scenic lookout points in the city. Not only can you use it to find the spots, but you can write on your map so that you can remember exactly where you took your photos later on.
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