The glittering jewel of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik – is high up on the list of places to visit in the Eastern Mediterranean, and for good reason.
Terracotta rooftops, white limestone streets and a medieval charm that has secured it as one of the most famous filming locations for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies, as well as one of the most successful TV series of all-time – HBO’s Game of Thrones.
So whether you’re a super-fan of the show or simply want to see some truly impressive spots on your next visit, here are five fantastic settings that’ll have you feeling like you’ve stepped right out onto set.
Dubrovnik Old Town
The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ acts as one of the main settings within the show – the infamous city, King’s Landing.
The 1.9km long city wall surrounding the bustling centre is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is only second to the Great Wall of China as being the largest on the planet.
The fortresses within the Old Town are simply breathtaking, and you’ll soon realise why this is the perfect spot to portray King’s Landing’s medieval setting.
The seaport here – or Blackwater Bay to Game of Thrones fans – is also a superb sight, and is responsible for being the backdrop to one of the most epic episodes of season two.
Get ready to re-create one of the most famous scenes of the entire show – Cersei Lannister’s ‘Walk of Shame’.
These beautiful and elegant Braoque stairs can be found on the south side of Gundulic Square, and although the Great Sept of Baelor – situated at the top of the stairs in the series – is pretty much entirely computer generated, the steps themselves sure do make for a brilliant Rocky-esque photo!
St Dominic Street
This is where you’ll recognise many of the market scenes from the show, and it also forms part of the route for Cersei‘s walk of penance.
It’s located near the Dominican monastery, which is well worth the visit in itself. This area of Dubrovnik will really have you feeling as though you’ve transported to the streets of King’s Landing!
Forming the east entrance to the Old Town, this 14th-century stone bridge is where true fans of the show will recognise it as the Red Keep Gate.
A walk over this bold bridge is a must when visiting Dubrovnik, and a super-long selfie stick is a handy addition to capture it on camera! You’re going to forget it’s the 21st century – you can’t help but feel as though you’ve time-traveled back to the olden days!
Impressive both from the outside and internally, Rector’s Palace is a must-visit regardless of whether you’re into ‘Thrones or not. Fans will instantly recognise the staircase (pictured above) from a scene in season two when Daenerys Taragaryen asks the Spice King of Qarth for his fleet of ships.
Built in the late 15th century, the palace also features a small museum where you can soak up all the history of the building, including exhibits which show the city’s history over the years. Simply stunning architecture that you don’t want to miss!
Lush gardens, 15th-century buildings and stunning viewing platforms looking out to the Adriatic sea? Yes please! Trsteno Arboretum is the oldest arboretum in this part of the world and is a thing of pure botanical beauty.
Instantly recognisable from the series, all the palace garden scenes within King’s Landing are shot here – from Sansa’s revelations about King Joffrey to the fiesty conversations with Lady Olenna, Queen of Thorns.
A stroll through these glorious gardens is not to be missed – make your way under an ancient archway, take a snap of the Neptune statue and gaze into the water fountain where you’ll find a pool of coy carp.
Time to set sail?
Whether you’re a Game of Thrones superfan or just curious about this marvelous medieval city, one thing’s for sure – Dubrovnik has so much to offer. A day in this enchanting location is a day well spent!
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