04 April 2016

Bumming Around the Balkans: The Rooftops of Dubrovnik

When in Dubrovnik, one has to go and walk the walls and fortresses that surround the Old Town. I will post a blog entry about the walls in the near future, but for now, I want to focus on the rooftops. See, the walls provide a great panorama of the Old Town from various different perspectives. It gives you that view, seeing the multitudes of houses and other buildings, with red rooftop tiles, surrounded by the thick walls meant to protect the city from invaders.

If you would look closely, the rooftop tiles are a mixture of old and new. That is because the Old Town is highly rebuilt. Back in the early 1990s, the Old Town was bombed by the Serbian and Montenegrin forces. If you ever visit Dubrovnik, you'll see memorials and pictures of what happened back in 1991-1992. And if you walk the walls, you'll see that there are rooftops that have different shades of red: some are old, some are new. The new parts are where it has been rebuilt.

If you are in Dubrovnik during the summer, remember to take plenty of water when you visit the walls. It is hot. I was there in December and I still felt the sun's hot rays. I could only imagine when people visit this place in the middle of summer. There are little shops that sell water and snacks along the way, but they are heavily inflated so better bring your own.


  1. As much as I like tall, modern buildings, I have a thing for rooftops and I often try to catch a glimpse of them. "Les toits de Paris" are among my favourite, probably followed by Sienna or Firenze. I like these red rooftops!

    1. Zhu,

      Ah yes, Florence. We were there in 2014 and it was marvelous!