Feature: Game of Thrones Locations
Dubrovnik is like a fantasy world for most people, but fans of Game of Thrones have more reason to indulge in flights of fancy than most, as a large chunk of the immensely popular TV series was filmed here. While Split and Šibenik were also used as locations, Dubrovnik has featured the most prominently, standing in for the cities of King's Landing and Qarth. If you fancy taking your own 'walk of shame' through the streets of Westeros, here are some key spots:
- Fort Lawrence King's Landing's famous Red Keep. Cersei farewelled her daughter Myrcella from the little harbour beneath it.
- City Walls Tyrion Lannister commanded the defence of King's Landing from the seaward-facing walls during the Battle of the Blackwater.
- Fort Minčeta The exterior of Qarth's House of Undying.
- Rector's Palace The atrium featured as the palace of the Spice King of Qarth – they didn't even bother moving the statue!
- Sv Dominika street The street and staircase outside the Dominican Monastery were used for various King's Landing market scenes.
- Uz Jezuite The stairs connecting the St Ignatius of Loyola Church to Gundulićeva poljana were the starting point for Cersei Lannister's memorable naked penitential walk. The walk continued down Stradun.
- Gradac Park The site of the Purple Wedding feast, where King Joffrey finally got his comeuppance.
- Ethnographic Museum Littlefinger's brothel.
- Lokrum The reception for Daenerys in Qarth was held in the monastery cloister.
- Trsteno Arboretum The Red Keep gardens, where the Tyrells chatted and plotted endlessly during seasons three and four.
Feature: Museums of Dubrovnik Pass
Perhaps a cunning plan to get you through the doors of some of the town's more marginal museums, a multimuseum pass (adult/child 120/25KN) allows access to nine of Dubrovnik's institutions. The only must-see among them though is the Rector's Palace, which is also the only one ticketed separately (for adult/child 80/25KN).
If you're interested in visiting the excellent Museum of Modern Art, then it's worth buying the pass. The other museums could easily be skipped, but if you want to get your money's worth in a limited amount of time, we suggest you prioritise the rest in the following order: Maritime Museum, Archaeological Museum, Dulčić Masle Pulitika Gallery, Natural History Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Pulitika Studio, Marin Držić House.
Feature: Day Trips from Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is an excellent base for day trips to the surrounding region – and even in the surrounding countries of Montenegro and Bosnia. You can hop over to the Elafiti Islands for a day of peaceful sunbathing, wander through the gardens at Trsteno or pop down to Cavtat for sights and swimming. Alternatively, Cavtat makes a cheaper and quieter base from which to explore Dubrovnik.
Worth a Trip: Cross-Border Jaunts
Dubrovnik is an easy bus ride away from Montenegro and the towns of Herceg Novi, Perast, Kotor and Budva. All four have wonderful historic centres, with curving marble streets and impressive architecture. If you really want to take your time and explore the region, you should hire a car, but you can also get there by public bus or on a tour. The checkpoint can be very slow in summer; allow two hours to get to Herceg Novi by bus and a further hour to reach Kotor. Citizens of most European nations, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US don’t need a visa to enter Montenegro; other nationalities should check with their embassy.
Buses also go to Mostar, giving you a chance to glance at its emblematic bridge and dip your toe into the world of Bosnia and Hercegovina. It’s possible to go by public transport, but easier on an organised day excursion in private minibuses (around 380KN); enquire at local travel agencies. These leave around 8am and travel via the pretty fortified village of Počitelj, arriving in Mostar around 11.30am. After a (typically very brief) guided tour you’ll be left to your own devices until 3pm – which doesn’t leave a lot of time to have lunch and explore the town. Mostar is still divided along Croat–Bosnian lines (with the river acting as border), but most of the historic sights are on the Bosnian side.