game of thrones
Ever wanted to spend a weekend in WESTEROS? An evening in Essos? Jordan Farley travels to Croatia to take you to dragon country...
Taking a trip to the show’s Croatian locations.
Game Of Thrones is a telefantasy phenomenon thanks to some bloodthirsty storytelling, a captivating cast of powerhungry miscreants and some of the best production values on TV. You can’t turn your head in the Seven Kingdoms without some staggeringly beautiful vista snapping into focus, which is why countries around the world are reaping the benefits from a Thrones
related tourism boom. Northern Ireland typically stands in for the north but head south to the likes of King’s Landing, and across the Narrow Sea to Meereen or Qarth, and Croatia is where you’ll find the real world equivalents. Thinking of making a trip but don’t know where to start? We visited some key locations for this guide to the real Game Of Thrones.
1 Massac re In King’s Landing Season Two, Episode One The majority of scenes set in King’s Landing are filmed in Dubrovnik. St Lawrence Fortress ( or Fort Lovrijenac) should be your first port of call. It often doubles as the Red Keep and around half a dozen sequences have filmed in and around the fort. This unusual staircase can be found at the base of the fort ( just across from the real Blackwater Bay) and can be seen during the massacre of Robert Baratheon’s bastard children during season two.
2 House of the Undying Season Two, Episode Ten Dubrovnik also doubles for a few locations in Qarth, including the House of the Undying, where the Warlocks hide Dany’s dragons (“Where are my dragons!”) in season two until the creepy bald wizards meet a toasty end. The real House is Minceta Tower, which looms over the city at the highest point on the Walls of Dubrovnik. It’s a bit of a trek, but there are some incredible aerial views of the city along the way.
3 King’s Landing Gardens Season Three, Episode Ten The verdant gardens of King’s Landing are a regular sight in Game
Of Thrones. Primarily the haunt of badass OAP Olenna Tyrell, most characters have taken a stroll down its picturesque pathways at some point, including Tyrion and Sansa while getting to know each other in season three. The gardens can be found in Trsteno Arboretum, a few miles up the coast from Dubrovnik, and include fountains, haunted houses and incredible sea view pavilions.