Touring Croatia Game of Thrones locations

The cult-like grip of HBO’s blood-and-lust fantasy series has drawn veritable Dothraki hordes of fans to the Croatian sites where large chunks of seasons two through six were filmed. The Dalmatian coast’s walled towns and fortresses provide the perfect backdrop for flights of fancy, whether your passion is for the actual bloodthirsty events of history or the dragon-augmented version offered by Game of Thrones.

 

Maraud through the streets of King’s Landing in Dubrovnik

An absolute must-see (and not just for Thrones fans), Dubrovnik’smarble streets and honey-coloured battlements jutting over azure waters made it an obvious choice for King’s Landing. Before you even set foot in the historic Old Town you’ll run a gauntlet of touts selling Thrones-themed tours, many of which are extremely entertaining.

If you’d rather indulge in your own Walk of Shame, start with a whizz around the mighty city walls, where Tyrion Lannister saved the fictional city during the Battle of the Blackwater. Along the way look out for Minčeta Tower, which was used for the exterior shots of Qarth’s House of the Undying, where Daenerys Targaryen retrieves her dragons at the end of season two.

Many scenes were filmed in the Old Town’s cobbled maze of lanes. The area around the Dominican Monastery was used for crowded market scenes, while Cersei Lannister started her naked penitential walk on the stairs leading from the St Ignatius of Loyola Church to Gundulić Square. If you fancy a visit to Littlefinger’s brothel it’s easily arranged, although you may be disappointed to find that it actually houses a rather earnest Ethnographic Museum. Meanwhile, the Rector’s Palacewas such a good fit for the atrium of the Spice King of Qarth’s palace that they didn’t even bother removing the 17th-century statue of Dubrovnik citizen Miho Pracat.

Exit the Old Town via Pile Gate and duck down the stairs to the sheltered little harbour – a location instantly recognisable as the departure and posthumous returning point for Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s daughter Myrcella. Towering above is Fort Lawrence, Kings Landing’s legendary Red Keep. A few hundred metres further along is Gradac Park, the site of the Purple Wedding feast where super-brat Joffrey discovered that kingship really can be a poisoned chalice.

 

Ascend the Iron Throne on Lokrum Island

A 10-minute ferry ride from Dubrovnik’s Old Harbour lands you on the island of Lokrum, where Daenerys Targaryen was welcomed to Qarth in a scene set in the cloister of the island’s former Benedictine monastery. The monastery now houses a Game of Thrones exhibition with displays about the filming and a replica Iron Throne awaiting your most imperious selfie pose.