Dubrovnik City Walls, Sokol Grad and Ston Break Records

Lauren Simmonds

Some of the top attractions in the Dubrovnik area are breaking records left, right and centre in the first months of 2017!

As Dubrovnik Net reported on the 5th of May 2017, The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities has recorded a significant increase in visitors to Dubrovnik’s famous city walls. 23,000 tickets sold in the first four months of 2017 points to what will hopefully be a very good year four tourism. Niko Kapetanic, President of DPD believes numbers like these so early on in the year will surely overthrow last year’s record of 1.1 million visitors to the walls. In fact, according to educated estimations, roughly 1,200,000 visitors are expected to take to the walls by the end of 2017, if these predictions are correct, the total earnings from the walls alone, even after VAT will be an eye-watering sum of 144 million kuna.

”Data for the first four months of 2017, noting that last year, Easter fell in March, and this year it fell during April, is surprisingly good. Last year we had 60,000 visits in the month of April, this year it was 82,000 – 35 percent more. In the first four months of last year, we recorded 96,000 (visitors to the walls), and this year – 119,000 visits, 24 percent more. According to this growth and my estimates for 2017, things will be 10 percent better than last year, which means we will break the record again” stated Kapetanic.

Serious growth has also been recorded in all other historical structures which have been restored and managed by the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities. The walls of Ston recorded 2,900 ticket sales in the first four months of 2016, while during the same period of this year, they have recorded a total of 3,900. It is expectd that Ston’s walls will see at least 60,000 visitors this year, as opposed to the 51,000 that were seen in 2016.

Sokol Grad (Sokol Tower) has recorded 8,000 visits per year since its opening five years ago, and in the first four months of this year 700 tickets have been sold, which also suggests that ticket sales for this lesser known historical point of interest buried in the hills of Konavle will increase to around 10,000 by the end of the current year.


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