Viewers of the TV series Game of Thrones will understand the thrill of visiting the real-world filming locations of its scenes set in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Roofs with orange terracotta tiles, impressive stone and wild seas, it seemed perfect posing as King’s Landing with high-rising cliffs and a stunning ancient city wall overlooking the Adriatic sea (ie. Blackwater Bay in the series).
There are several sites in the Old Town of Dubrovnik where Game of Thrones was filmed which includes the Pile and Ploče gate, the St. Dominika street, along the city walls includes the Bokar fortress and the Minčeta tower.
The Old Town of Dubrovnik was founded in the 7th Century by refugees from Epidaurus in Greece and is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical significance. As soon as you cross over the drawbridge and walk through the Pile Gate you will find yourself entering an ancient city that is brimming with amazing architecture and surrounded by the Mediterranean on the one side and amazing walls on the other.
Visitors can take a walk along the city walls that surrounds the Old City. The walk takes a couple of hours and offers stunning views of the Dalmatian Coast and a bird’s eye view of the city. Lovrijenac Fortress is one of the sights that can be seen from the wall, it is an impressive structure built on an outcropping rock. It is located just outside the Western wall of the Old Town and was featured in Game of Thrones.
The top Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia
1. Dubrovnik Old Town
Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is a medium sized city situated on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia. The late-medieval walled city has an exceptional Old Town with beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. In 1979, UNESCO included the old town of Dubrovnik in the list of World Heritage Sites.
2. Wall of Dubrovnik
The whole city was enclosed with walls in the 13th century, but were continually extended and strengthened up until the 17th century. To increase the strength and defensive position, the walls were reinforced by three circular and 14 quadrangular towers, five bastions (bulwarks), two angular fortifications and the large St. John’s Fortress. Land Walls were additionally reinforced by one larger bastion and nine smaller semicircular.
3. Pile Gate
The Pile Gates are a well-fortified complex with multiple doors, defended by Fort Bokar and the moat that ran around the outside section of the city walls. At the entrance gate to the Old Town, on the western side of the walls, there is a stone bridge with two arches, which were designed by the esteemed architect Paskoje Miličević in 1471.
4. Trsteno Arboretum
Trsteno is a small settlement which is located only 24 kilometres (15 miles) north-west of Dubrovnik. It is easy to get there in some 20 minutes by one of the regular busses connecting Dubrovnik with the Dubrovnik coastland. This settlement hosts one of the oldest and most beautiful Arboretums in the whole region.
5. Minčeta Tower
he tower Minčeta is the highest point of the walls which offers an unforgettable view on the old town of Dubrovnik. The tower’s name derives from the name of the Mencetic family, who owned the ground upon which the tower was built.
6. Island of Lokrum
Lokrum island covers 72 hectares and is located on the eastern Croatian coast, near the city of Dubrovnik. About 15 minutes is needed to get there by taxi-boat which runs from the old city harbour.
Lokrum’s special attraction, a small lake called Mrtvo More (Dead Sea), is a unique lake linked with the sea. Crystal clear and calm, it is suitable for bathing and is a favourite resort for many visitors.
Fort Lovrijenac (Fort of St. Lawrence) is located at the western side of the Old Town, outside the city walls on a 37 meters high cliff. It’s also known as “Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar”.
Fort Lovrijenac has a triangular shape with three levels and was defended with 10 large cannons, being the largest and most famous called “Lizard”.
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