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...

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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.

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