Following Game of Thrones Locations in Croatia
Game of Thrones locations guide through Croatia
If natural beauty, living history and wonderful climate haven’t provided sufficient reasons yet to visit Croatia, here’s why this wonderful country should be at the top of your bucket list this year: Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones is an American HBO Television series inspired by George R. R. Martin’s best-selling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, that has had terrific success over the course of the past few years. Although filming has taken place in many different countries, including Ireland, Spain, Scotland and others, Croatia certainly stands out as a unique Game of Thrones destination where some of the most spectacular scenes have been shot.
To celebrate the recent Season 6 premiere (Sunday, April 24), we designed a short guide for anyone who wants to enjoy real-life scenes from this hit show while exploring the amazing historical and natural sites, as well as the local cuisine, of the country.
Dubrovnik – King’s Landing
The magical city of Dubrovnik, with its famous red rooftops and medieval walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has widely been used for many scenes from Season 2 onwards.
According to GoT Executive Producer David Benioff, “The minute we started walking around the city walls we knew that was it. You read the descriptions in the book and you come to Dubrovnik and that’s what the actual city is. It has the sparkling sea, sun and beautiful architecture.”
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is Dubrovnik’s nickname and the city has been used to represent King’s Landing, Capital of the Seven Kingdoms, with the stunning Lovrijenac Fortress featured in the show as the Red Keep.
One of the most intense scenes in the whole TV series is represented by Cersei Lannister’s walk of shame in the emotional Season 5 finale. After she confessed to having committed adultery, as a penance for her sin, she was shorn and forced to march naked for miles around streets full of people who were screaming, insulting and hurling food at her.
This and many other market and riot scenes, as well as the Blackwater Bay battle, were shot in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. In fact, the great variety of alleys, and large and narrow streets make the city a very suitable location for the filming of the show.
Select Croatia presents two tours that let participants experience all the major Game of Thrones locations used show. With the Half-Day Dubrovnik: Introduction to ‘The Pearl of the Adriatic“, you will stroll through the marble-paved streets, while admiring the historic architecture that made indelible marks on the ‘City of Freedom.’ Included are Fort Lovrijenac (King’s Landing in the show), the famous Baroque staircase where walk of shame took place, Stradun Street and the spectacular Pile Gate.
Gradac Park is also a part of the tour. You definitely don’t want to miss the location of the Purple Wedding Feast, at which King Joffrey finally died. This large public park, located just ten minutes from the city of Dubrovnik, is a wonderful opportunity to admire the excellent views of the Old City below.
In addition to that, several other Game of Thrones locations near Dubrovnik were used for some of the scenes set in Qarth and Slaver’s Bay. One of these is Lokrum, an island in Dubrovnik’s backyard, that is located less than 2,000 feet (600 meters) from the Old Town.
On the Power & Beauty of Dubrovnik tour, after visiting all the major Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, you will get the chance to spend the afternoon taking a swim in the deep blue Adriatic Sea, relaxing under rustic olive trees and simply enjoying nature.
Split – The City Of Meeren
Dubrovnik is not the only place in Croatia that has been used for the filming of the show. The physical splendor of many well-preserved medieval cities and the stunning natural landscapes made it possible for the producers of the show to shoot in many different areas throughout the country.
The coastal city of Split is definitely the place to go if you want to enter the reign of Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons. The fortress of Klis, located just a few miles from Split, constituted a great skeleton on which to build the city of Meereen and it is in fact here that the exterior scenes of the city have been shot.
With a breathtaking view of the valley and the city underneath, the Klis Fortress is just the right place for our beautiful queen.
The city of Split itself is the location of many other Daenerys scenes. It’s in the Diocletian’s Palace catacombs that the kill the master scene in season 4 took place, and it was also used as Daenerys’ throne room and the dungeon where she kept her dragons.
If you want to explore the streets seen in the Slave Rebellion Scene, our Must-See Split: Walking Tour is just the perfect choice. You will explore the picturesque tangle of narrow streets and the Renaissance and Baroque palaces of the city of Split. The entrance to the Diocletian palace basement can be added to the tour.
Otherwise, with the Discover Dalmatia’s UNESCO Heritage: Split, Salona and Trogir, in addition to Split, you will also have the opportunity to visit the wonderful Town of Salona and Trogir, the last one being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. “By visiting these three locations, fans can enjoy real-life scenes combined with all that Dalmatia has to offer,” says Maja Gudelj, Director of Croatia and Mediterranean Yacht Charters. This is a full day and a visit magnificent Klis fortress can be added.
However, if you are interested in pleasing your palate, rather than just your sight, Split, Klis Fortress and Short Dalmatian Cooking Class is just the perfect solution for you. After having explored Split, the Diocletian Palace and the Klis fortress, you will have the chance to relax and compliment this memorable full day experience with a short cooking class and a delicious meal of local products and wines.
Sibenik – Iron Bank Of Bravoos
In addition to Dubrovnik and Split, the historic city of Sibenik has also been used in the show as one of the Game of thrones locations, with the St. Jacob’s Cathedral featuring as the Iron Bank of Bravoos.
If you want to explore the Cathedral, also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the small artisan’s workshops scattered throughout the Old Town of Sibenik, Select Croatia offers the fascinating Discover Cultural & Gourmet Sibenik tour that also includes lunch at Pelegrini Restaurant, a gourmet wine-pairing restaurant created by Chef Rudi, one of the best Croatian chefs working today. If you are only interested in exploring the city, lunch can be skipped.
written by Filippo Rossi
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