Now that the night watch has ended for the much-anticipated TV series Game of Thrones with its season 8, fans around the world are already feeling nostalgic. And if you happen to be among them, then take this summer as a good excuse to visit the Game of Thrones majestic filming locations in the medieval city of Croatia, which was featured as the King’s Landing in the series (there is a good reason for this). Its sublime orange terracotta tiles contrasting with the azure Adriatic Sea (the Blackwater Bay in the series) and its impressive architectural displays make it enchanting enough for being the abode of Lannisters. And if you’re planning to visit Croatia this summer, then don’t miss these must-visit GOT filming locations listed below:
Dubrovnik Old Town-Game of Thrones King’s Landing
Touted as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, this 16th-century walled city has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site adorned with impressive monasteries, Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches. Most of its parts were featured as the King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, where Cercei did the ‘walk of shame’ down the Jesuit Staircase from Gundulić Square to St. Ignatius Church. If you climb to the highest point you will find the stunning view of Minčeta Tower featured as the House of the Undying in Qarth.
What to do:
- Die-hard fans can visit the Boškovićeva street, where they will find a replica of the Iron Throne to take some photos.
- Take an interesting tour at the St Blaise’s Church-Dubrovnik famous Cathedral, and the Dominican and Franciscan monastery at the Sponza Palace.
Fort Lovrijenac-The Red Keep
This majestic white-washed fort perched on a 37-meter high rugged cliff (in the western side of the Old Town Dubrovnik) was the film setting of the Red Keep in King’s Landing featured in season 2 and 3. It was the very place, where a tournament was held in honor of King Joffrey’s naming ceremony. Built to protect the city’s western side from the Venetian invasion, this sea-facing fort has walls that vary from 60 cm to 12 cm in thickness and was once manned by 25 man garrison, including a Commander. It was also defended with 10 gigantic cannons!
Things to do: There is nothing much to do inside apart from contemplating the architectural designs and taking snaps of the incredible surrounding views from the top. There is a quadrilateral court decked out with towering arches.
Thing to know: The complex is a famous venue for summer theatre and concerts.
One of the impressive Medieval architectures with a cylindrical structure facing the Adriatic sea, the 15th-century Bokar Fortress is nestled on the top of a cliff in the south-western part of the Dubrovnik city walls. It was built to protect the main entrance of the Pile gate and its bridge. It was built by architect Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, and was featured in season two of the show, where Tyrion and Lord Varys planned the defense of King’s Landing while looking out to sea. Also featured in season eight of the fifth episode, where Daenerys decides to burn the King’s Landing city while riding Drogon.
Thing to do: You can take instagrammable shots of this majestic fort from the walkway near the Pile Gate.
Lokrum Island-City of Qarth Game of Thrones
It is no wonder that the GOT crew chose this sublime island as the Greatest City of Qarth (the lavish trading city of the show). The Lokrum island overlooks the orange-hued Dubrovnik’s Old Harbour and is accessible within a 10-minute ferry ride (600 meters). Tranquil and secluded, the island was once inhabited by the Austrian Archduke Maximillian Ferdinand, where he built a residence in 1859 and introduced some gorgeous peacocks (which can still be seen). Just nearby you will also spot the ancient ruins of the 11th-century Benedictine monastery, which exudes a medieval ambiance. It is also a designated nature reserve and has attracted many tourists for a good reason (besides being featured on the TV show). The island’s highest elevation point is at 94 meters (315 feet) above the sea level, where the wall-stoned Fort Royal Castle can be seen. From there you can bask in the stellar view of the old town, its pristine coastlines, and the forested areas composed of holm oaks, olive and pine trees.
Things to do:
- There are three restaurants serving a variety of menus at reasonable prices.
- Something you won’t miss doing though is posing on the Iron Throne (still intact).
- The Mrtvo More (Dead Sea) is one of the most sought-after spots of the island for its translucent water.
Things to know:
- Only the public boat ticket includes the entrance fee.
- Basically, during summertime boats leave on an hourly basis; and between July and August half-hourly. Kindly check the last operating time of the boat transfer to the mainland.
- There is a nudist beach on the left direction of the ferry section, where you’ll find signpost marked FKK
- There is a gay beach as well at the far end of the nudist beach
- Kindly note that the island is a non-smoking area.