The hit Emmy nominated television show Game of Thrones used some of Croatia’s’ many amazing landmarks and locations to depict the fictional land of Westeros. Whilst the battle for the Iron Throne continues we show four of the Croatian destinations for you to visit.
Dubrovnik – Known in the Game of Thrones as King’s Landing, in reality Dubrovnik has been crowned the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’. The Old Town in Dubrovnik is a well preserved example of a late-medieval walled city and boasts UNESCO Heritage protection. Explore the Old Town and relax in many of the bars and restaurants within it. You can also purchase tickets, which are approximately £7 to walk around the walls. This also includes entrance to Lovrijenac Fortress with features in Game of Thrones as Red Keep. It was once of great importance to the defense of Dubrovnik.
For the best view of Dubrovnik take a trip on the cable car up Mount Srdj for around £10. You will be able to see the Old Town and the Fortress from here along with many of the nearby islands, including Lokrum (Qarth).
Lokrum – Lying around 500m from the coast, Lokrum Island was portrayed as the ancient port of Qarth in the Game of Thrones series. Take a ferry to Lokrum from Dubrovnik’s Old Town harbour between April and November, with regular departures throughout the day. There are number of things to do during your time on this peaceful island.
You can swim in the small lake located towards the south of island, or lie on the smooth rocks and relax, with the waves lapping at your feet. If you’re feeling peckish, have a meal in the restaurant or take a walk around the island and to the ruins of a Benedictine monastery. You may notice that you will have some company on the island, in the form of free roaming peacocks that are present on Lokrum.
Trsteno – Located around 15 miles from Dubrovnik, Trsteno has some of the lushest vegetation in the Mediterranean. It is increasing in popularity due to the Arboretum being depicted in the Games of Thrones as the garden in Kings Landing. Trsteno is a small fishing village with no hotels but can be visited as a day trip from Dubrovnik. A regular local bus service connects Dubrovnik and Trsteno throughout the day and takes around 30 minutes.
There are amazing sea views as well as the Arboretum to be visited. Some areas of the Arboretum were badly damaged during the war in 1991 and by fire in 2000 but it has since been recreated. It is a fantastic place to walk around or relax with a book amongst the beautiful scenery and amazing views. You can also visit Neptune fountain, or walk the paths to the harbour where some of the scenes from the Game of Thrones were filmed.
Krka National Park – was used for countryside scenes and natural backdrop scenes in the Game of Thrones. It in one of Croatia’s eight National Parks, and has been so since 1985. It is located approximately 8 miles from Sibenik, where some scenes for series five have been filmed.
Krka National Park is home to one of Europe’s most beautiful waterfalls, the Stradinski Buk; a series of 17 waterfalls. There are six other waterfalls within the Krka National Park to visit, and unlike the Plitvice National Park, you are able to swim in the waters of Krka National Park.
There are also many individual mills within the Krka National Park which had previously been used to make the most of the power from the waterfalls. Some still remain, and some have been renovated into restaurants and souvenir shops.
You can take boat excursions around Krka, and one of these takes you to visit Visovac Island. Whilst on the island you can take a look around the monastery, which has been on the island since 1445. You can also visit the lovely church, the museum or stroll around the stunning grounds.
The new series of Game of Thrones is due to be shown in April 2015, and will again show off the beauty of Croatia.
If you are interested in holidaying at any of these locations or any other locations in Croatia, Slovenia or Montenegro and would like more information then please call Balkan Escape on 01775 719891. ‘Dream holidays tailored to you’.