Stroll along Stradun in Dubrovnik

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 is the result of millions of footsteps polishing it over hundreds of years. It’s just as popular today, and there are many reasons why 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. 

Running 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. 

Fans of Game of Thrones are likely to recognise the street as it’s been used in a number of scenes. It has a long history too, dating back to the 11th century when it was first created by filling in a sea canal. The current buildings which line it were constructed in the 17th century following an earthquake. Built in the late Renaissance style, Stradun is always part of any architectural tour of 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 do a spot of people watching as you sip a latte. 

At the western end of the street, you’ll discover the Great Onofrio’s Fountain, named in memory of the 15th-century 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. 

Just like snow, the brilliant white limestone reflects the sunrays. So it’s always a good idea to carry sunglasses and a hat on sunny days to help you stay cool. If you don’t stop, the walk along Stradun will take around 10 minutes, enough time to enjoy a stroll no matter how tight your itinerary. However, you'll likely want to pause for a while to soak up the atmosphere, shop, or explore what lies behind the doors of the street's buildings.

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