Stretching almost 300m, Stradun is the main street in Dubrovnik old town and one of its major attractions. At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve just missed a shower of rain. In fact, the incredible sheen on the limestone paving of the street is the result of millions of footsteps polishing it over hundreds of years. It’s just as popular today, and there are many good reasons that locals and tourists take a walk along Stradun every day. From marvelling at the beautiful late-Renaissance architecture to stopping for gelato or cappuccino, you’ll find lots to see and do.
How to get there
Stradun street runs from the Ploce Gates (the eastern entrance to the town) all the way to the Pile Gates (the western entrance). Don’t be surprised if you can’t find Stradun marked on a map. The street is officially called the Placa on street signs, but the locals always refer to it as Stradun, from the Italian word “Strada” meaning street.
Step into the past
Fans of Game of Thrones are likely to recognise the street as it’s been used as the location for filming a number of scenes. The street dates back to the 11th century when it was first created by filling in a sea canal. The current buildings lining the street were constructed in the 17th century following an earthquake. Built in the late-Renaissance style, it means Stradun is always part of any architectural tour of Dubrovnik.
Places to explore along Stradun promenade Dubrovnik
Along the way, and in the narrow side streets, you’ll find plenty of art galleries and boutiques for buying souvenirs and gifts. There are also lots of cafés, bars and restaurants for sampling some of Dalmatia’s best food and drink. Look for a café with seats outside and make the most of the chance to do a bit of people watching over a latte.
At the western end of the street, you’ll discover the Great Onofrio’s Fountain, named in memory of the 15thcentury creator of the town’s water system. At the other end stands the grand Bell Tower, stretching up 31m into the sky. The clock strikes every hour, with the two bronze figures of Maro and Baro (also known as the zelenci) striking the bell to the delight of onlookers. Another popular stop is the Franciscan Monastery and Old Pharmacy Museum, located at the Pile Gates end of the street.
Things to know about Stradun
Just like snow, the brilliant white limestone reflects the sun’s rays intensely. That means it’s a good idea to carry sunglasses and a hat with you on sunny days to help you stay cool.
If you don’t stop, the walk along Stradun will take around 10 minutes so there’s time to enjoy a stroll no matter how tight your itinerary. However, the reality is you’re likely to want to pause a while to soak up the atmosphere, shop, or explore behind the doors of the buildings lining the street. However long you spend, the beauty of Stradun Dubrovnik is something you’ll remember for a long time after your visit.