How many steps on the city wall? This is the most frequently asked question by people planning to visit Dubrovnik. Few people realize, until they visit and explore the old town, that the area within the wall is actually bowl-shaped. A far more interesting question should be: how many steps are there in the old part of town?
A few years ago a research team armed with cameras and recording devices spent time counting all the steps. They discovered there are a grand total of 4,343 steps within the perimeter of the wall. The city wall has a grand total of 1,080 steps which does include the three entrances.
For travelers with mobility problems, strolling down the brightly shining limestone Stradun offers no problems. The majority of the steps are either on the northern and southern parts of town and I tend to avoid those areas with my creaking knee problem. There are other routes which are often hidden and guests seem to miss out on seeing many areas of the town which are interesting and unique without a guide.
For example, the street we call Iza Grad begins at the Pile Brsalje and the walk will take you around the outside of the wall to the high point of Minceta Tower and eventually to the Ploce gate entrance. About half way is the well hidden and less known entrance to town which is Buza gate facing Mt.Srd. This is not to be confused with the Buza bars which are on the seaside of town outside the wall on the azure Adriatic Sea, a very popular location outside of the walls to savor a glass of wine while enjoying the blue sky turning to shades of red and golden at sunset. Visiting the Buza Bars requires climbing steps.
The best hidden gems of town are in the less traveled areas up or down many, many steps. Dubrovnik has steps, 5,423 to be exact and the glorious hidden gems are up there waiting to be discovered. Rest up, bring some water, a hat and sunglasses and get ready to roam.