If you are a real lover of this globally popular TV series than you should include “Game of Thrones” filming locations in your tour while you are in Croatia. Walking down the streets of the Dubrovnik old town or Diocletian’s Palace in Split where your favorite scenes were filmed is probably one of the coolest moments that you can experience while traveling. It is not a coinsidance that they decided to choose these locations for this series and that they fit perfectly into the plot and the concept. The reason is that this old town, fortreses, and streets are full of history and are giving these places a special spirit that is perfect for this kind of series.
Get the full experience with guided tours
Get ready to explore the real King’s Landing in Dubrovnik, Split, and Trsteno. These cities are the history storytellers since they date from roman times. The beautiful sea and beaches are just one part of what these locations have to offer. Don’t miss to visit the filming locations of the series with the guide. If you want to have a full “Game of Thrones” experience you should definitely decide to take a guided tour because not all filming locations are easy to find. With the guide, you minimize the chance to miss the best locations that might be hidden, not recognizable and difficult to find. So, make your “Game of Thrones” experience complete with our tours.
Top 10 filiming locations to visit
We would not forgive ourselves if we don’t share with you the best and the most convenient ways to feel the spirit of “Game of Thrones” while you are in Croatia. Therefore we have made a list of top 10 filming locations you should definitely visit. Also, Four Seasons offers guided tours throught these locations, with a special focus at Diocletian’s Palace in Split where many of the scenes were filmed. Dubrovnik, for example, is just like one huge filming set, so the spots are easier to find, but Split is another story. The streets of the palace were used for scenes so you should definitely have a guide that will give you information where exact scenes were filmed.
1. Klis Fortress
Daenerys overthrows the Meereen, the largest of the three great Slaver Cities in this absolutely beautiful location 20 minutes north of Split. With panoramic views across a valley, this imposing fort has guarded the seat for many a Croatian king. Hikers can climb to the top to see where Khalisi answered ‘injustice with justice’ by nailing the city’s former rulers to crosses for hundreds to see.
2. Diocletian’s Palace
Split, Croatia’s second-largest city, is the location of many Daenerys scenes. The 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace was constructed by Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd century and remains the city’s most famous site. It’s here that we see Daenarys in her throne room, where she trained her dragons and where the ‘kill the masters’ scene in season four takes place when dozens of slaves sitting around a fire discussing whether they should fight for her. Excavated in 1952, visitors can now walk around these eerie tunnels and basement rooms.
3. Trsteno Arboretum
Trsteno is a small settlement built in the late 15th century located only 24 kilometers (15 miles) north-west of Dubrovnik. In season three, it’s here that we see Sansa dish the dirt on King Joffrey, with some persuasion from the formidable Lady Olenna, Queen of Thorns. It is also here that we see Lord Varys and Olenna become allies as they talk about the wellbeing of Sansa, and stroll through the garden and under an ancient archway. They are over 500 years old and are unique specimens of its kind in Europe. The ancient trees are both about 45/60 m tall and their trunks are 5 m in diameter. The Arboretum collection of exotic and decorative trees and shrubs includes over 300 species.
4. Minčeta Tower
At the highest point of Dubrovnik stands an imposing tower with magnificent views across the city Fans can walk along a high wall above the city and look out over the orange rooftops of King’s Landing, before they reach this prominent defense tower. The base of the tower was used as the exterior of House of Undying in the town of Qarth.
5. Lovrijenac Fortress
Upon hearing that Venetians might invade them, the Croatians came up with a clever idea. Fort Lovrijenac has a triangular shape with three levels and was defended with 10 large cannons, being the largest and most famous called "Lizard". They cleverly managed to escape invasion and completed the building later. Climbing the 175 stone steps to this imposing beacon on the city’s skyline visitors can see where the tournament thrown in honor of King Joffrey’s name day took place, as well as where Cersei Lannister speaks with Petyr Baelish in season two.
6. Lokrum Island
Six hundred meters off Croatia’s mainland, tourists will find the city of Qarth, ruled by the ‘pureborn’. Otherwise known as Lokrum Island, this is where Daenerys Targaryen gets a frosty welcome from the Spice King. In reality, it’s just as mysterious. Today Lokrum is a Nature Reserve and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve and is inhabited by families of peacocks that were introduced to the island in the 19th century by the Austrian archduke Maximilian.
7. Bokar Fortress
Used to represent King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, this fairytale-like building featured in seasons two and three and is particularly visible when Varys tells Tyrion that he’s ‘quite good’ at being the hand of the king. It was built 1461 by Italian architect Michelozzo di Bartololmeo to defend the western entrance to the city of Dubrovnik.
Pile is a meeting point for both visitors and locals, and it represents the main entrance to Dubrovnik's Old Town. One of the prettiest places in the old town doubles for Blackwater Bay in the series. It has views of both Bokar and Lovrijenac Fort, and Game of Thrones scenes have taken place from all angles of the cove. All Pile corners have been used as settings during the second and third season of Game of Thrones.
9. Ethnographic Museum
In the old town, look out for this impressive building dating back to the 16th century and it contains folk costumes and textile handiworl. The exterior of this museum doubles as the brothel of Petyr Baelish (Littlefinger) where Tyrion Lannister meets Oberyn Martell in season four. The residential area close to the museum is also a place where the High Septon is forced to walk naked through the street by a group of Sparrows.
10. St Dominika Street
Located near the Dominican monastery St. Dominic Street linking Ploče Gate with the main street, Stradun. Dubrovnik’s old city is a labyrinth of tiny lanes and stone houses. Many Game of Thrones market scenes take place here. Also, the murders of King Robert’s illegitimate sons happen here and a crucial character walks through the town naked aslo was filemed here.
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