7 Game of Thrones sites in Croatia you should visit now!
The epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones, now in its 6th season, has used some of Croatia’s most historic and scenic sites for its filming locations. If you are a fan of the show and planning a trip to the Dalmatian coast this year, you can discover many of your favorite Game of Thrones sites and dive straight into the world of Starks and Lannisters.
- The Diocletian Palace is Split’s top tourist attraction. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is more than 1,700 years old and was built as the retirement residence of Diocletian – one of Rome’s greatest emperors, who was born in this area. The palace’s walls and cellar is where Daenerys raises her three dragons and locks them up after their brutal rampage.
- Just a short drive from Split, the Klis fortress used to be a castle and the seat of many Croatian kings (and of the Knights Templar for a short while). A strategic fortification guarding a mountain pass connecting the Adriatic coast with the Balkan interior, it has been lost and re-conquered many times throughout its more-than-2,000-year-long history. The present-day medieval fortress is used as Meereen – the largest of the three slave cities which gets overthrown by Daenerys.
- Further south along the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik’s imposing city walls may look like they were built especially for the show, but the medieval fortifications were actually erected around the 13th century and expanded and strengthened many times since. With views of both the Bokar and the Lovrijenac forts, the Pile Gate is one of the most picturesque spots in the Old Town and was once the entrance for merchants and seafarers arriving in the western part of the city. As a Game of Thrones site, it has been used in many scenes as Blackwater Bay.
- Inside the walled Old Town, Dubrovnik’s narrow cobblestone lanes is where many Game of Thrones scenes take place here including the murders of King Robert’s illegitimate sons and Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame along Dominic’s Street from the Dominican monastery and up to the Revelin fortress near the city’s Eastern entrance.
- On a rocky outcrop just outside Dubrovnik’s city wall, the majestic Fort Lovrijenac is another of Game of Thrones sites which can be seen in the battle of the Blackwater, in which Stannis Baratheon attacks King’s landing in order to take over the throne.
- Just a short drive from Dubrovnik, the historic Trsteno Arboretum is a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. open to tourists. Dotted with lush gardens and small pavilions, this is where Tyrion, Lord Varys, and Margaery Tyrell plot their schemes and intrigues in the red keep.
- The Lokrum Island, only a short boat-ride from Dubrovnik, is a nature reserve and yet another ‘Game of Thrones’ location. Used as the port city Qarth, this is where Danereys visits the spice king. Its long history is not less fascinating. According to a legend, Richard the Lionheart found shelter here after his ship was wrecked on his return from the Crusades.
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