Dubrovnik, Croatia

Game Of Thrones Filming Locations

Game of Thrones swept the Emmy’s, now see the filming spots for yourself

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The lords and ladies of Westeros need to clear off some shelf space after the 2019 Emmy Awards. The final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones earned 12 trophies, the most of any series, including the highest honor, outstanding drama series. Considering the huge buzz and ratings for the cultural hit’s final season, it seemed all but predetermined that it would dominate the Emmy’s just as it dominated every conversation people have had between April and May.

Until just a few years ago, Croatia was an unsung hero in the travel sector. Today, it’s among the fastest-growing vacation spots. This will happen when the biggest TV show on the planet films in your coastal jewel of a country. The show began filming there in Season 2. After initially using Malta as the setting for King’s Landing, the walled seaside capital of Westeros moved to Dubrovnik, Split, and other Croatian locations.

Croatia has been recognized as one of the best European destinations. So what exactly is driving Croatia to become one of Europe’s trendiest travel meccas, other than its starring role in Game of Thrones?

Natural beauty, history, and culture

Croatia has 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and another 15 treasures on the tentative list. It boasts miles of pristine shoreline and more than a thousand islands waiting for exploration. Visitors can chase waterfalls in Krka National Park, book excursions to the breathtaking Blue Cave, and take guided boat tours to discover the remote splendor of the Kornati archipelago. While impressive architecture and heritage-rich attractions earned Dubrovnik the title of “best cultural capital.”

You’ll never be thirsty or hungry

The tastiest way to get acclimated with a new destination is to sample the local cuisine. From Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional, family-run konobas, there’s no shortage of delicious food in Croatia. Every region has its own culinary traditions and staple recipes. Italian influences like truffle pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas are most evident in the northwestern region of Istria. Further south in Dalmatia, you’ll notice simply grilled fish, mussels, buzara, and peka.

Both eating and drinking are a big part of the culture. You’re never far from a cold bottle of Karlovacko, the leading domestic beer brand. Croatia also offers a range of locally made spirits, the most ubiquitous being Rakija, a high-alcohol fruit brandy. Wine lovers won’t be disappointed either, as Croatia produces amazing wines. Malvasia is the typical white from Istria that’s minerality yet strong with a nice roundness.

It’s a good value

Price can either be a big motivator or deterrent for vacationers. In comparison to the rest of Europe, it’s a bargain thanks to reasonable prices and a favorable exchange rate. That’s great news for people dreaming of a Mediterranean getaway, who might not have the funds to splurge on an expensive trip to Greece.

Emmy’s or not, Game of Thrones has already conquered television. It has the fans, the merchandising, the pending prequels, and more Halloween costumes than you can count. It will go down in history as one of the most important and influential series of all time.

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Awesome Experience!

Tom was terrific! Our entire family not only received a thorough tour concerning Game of Thrones, but we also were given an extensive explanation of Dubrovnik history as well. Tom was very generous with his time and set a pace that was comfortable for all. We never felt rushed. I would highly recommend this tour and Tom as it's guide. It was an awesome experience!!
Dale Morgan,
US

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