From fresh oysters to sea-aged wine, there’s a lot more to Croatia than just seeking out Game of Thrones locations.
Ask any Games of Thrones fan about the show’s real-life locales, and they will likely mention Dubrovnik, Croatia, which is the stand-in for the bloody capital of Westeros, King’s Landing. But there’s more to Croatia than just passing references to the Lannisters.
Here’s what first-timers should know about Croatia.
Yes, Cersei Lives Here
Dubrovnik’s Old City is defined by its massive stone walls and ports. Originally built in the 10th century, the Old City walls survived earthquakes and wars to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can walk along the tops of the city walls alone or on guided tours.
Those fortress walls guard a jewel box of a city, filled with exceptionally preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, palaces and plazas.
Are you tired of seeing the same old faces and the same old places? Do you want to meet new people and explore new cities? Are you stuck on where to go and what to do this New Years Eve Below are some suggestions and tips! Compared to their more famous Western European neighbours, Slavic destinations don’t get as much attention when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. Cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam and Reykjavik are known for great NYE atmospheres, a multitude of activities, events, and amazing fireworks.
However, we all know that the major European cities like Barcelona, Stockholm, and Berlin are going to get insanely busy on New Year’s Eve! Taxis will be nearly impossible to hail and Uber surge prices will be over the roof!
What changes are in store for this year’s Dubrovnik Winter Festival?
Dubrovnik’s Winter Festival is becoming increasingly popular with each passing year and with a rich program to please all ages and tastes, there couldn’t be a better way to spend the festive period than in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site during the most wonderful time of the year.
As Dubrovacki Dnevnik writes on the 18th of November, 2017, Nova Mokošica will play a role in the program this year, on the small sports field next to Caffe Bar Kiss, programs dedicated primarily to children will be held on Sundays in the afternoon from 15:00 to 17:00, and from 18:00 onwards, performances from numerous local Dubrovnik bands and Klapa music will be staged. Mokošica’s elementary school sports hall will act as an indoor location should the weather conditions become adverse.
Summer destination? Time to ditch that dated label.
Dubrovnik has been somewhat plagued by the ”summer destination” label ever since Croatia’s southernmost city took off as a popular holiday destination. With the likes of Greece and Spain carrying such labels, it tends to inadvertently lump the Pearl of the Adriatic into the ”I have a three month window to visit this place” mentality in the subconscious minds of tourists. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Airlines are partially at fault, and we’ve talked about this before, but Dubrovnik should be labelled as a city break, not as a summer destination.
I really liked Dubrovnik. Once I looked past the tourist crowds and focused on the history and long list of things to do in Dubrovnik, I had a great time there. Dubrovnik has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and it’s also known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Although the city itself isn’t particularly large, you won’t be bored there.
I’ve tried to narrow the list down to the most awesome things, like the famous city walls, visiting Game of Thrones locations or the Old Town. Here goes:
DUBROVNIK OLD TOWN
Of all the things to do in Dubrovnik, I liked the Old Town most. This is where you’ll find most of the Game of Thrones locations and also the city walls. I joined a Game of Thrones tour, and after that I went about on my own.
One of Croatia’s top destinations is battling its own popularity.
As part of that effort, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković has written a letter to the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), asking its members to dramatically decrease their arrivals in the historic city.
The mayor is asking for cruise lines’ help in cutting back daily tourist numbers for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. He asked the cruise lines for “more careful planning of the scheduling of the daily arrivals of cruise ships” to provide a “better quality of service which is currently under much strain due the simultaneous arrival of so many guests from cruise ships.”
In response, the cruise association highlighted the benefits of visitors to the city and the need for discussion among players in the tourism sector.
People are more inspired to travel than ever with so many travel websites, travel apps, and social media feeds full of exciting destinations. It’s not just for the elite, either. Travel has become more accessible to the global population, and The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimated that nearly 1.2 billion people traveled outside their country for at least one night in 2015. With that number expected to continually rise, some destinations are becoming overcrowded. While tourism can be extremely beneficial for supporting livelihoods and creating cultural understanding, it can also sometimes have a negative effect on a destination. Having to elbow through a mass of people to snap a photo in front of a famous landmark is one thing, but witnessing a beautiful landscape or city be compromised by irresponsible regulation and excessive visitation is tragic.
If you’re a fan of the HBO mega-hit series Game of Thrones, you know that [spoiler alert] Winter is here. But make your way to Dubrovnik, Croatia — the citywide set for the show’s fictional capital of King’s Landing — and you’ll find scant evidence to support the claim. A stunningly preserved 16th Century fortress seated against the Adriatic, the Old City is quickly becoming one of Europe’s hottest tourist destinations. Yet it remains surprisingly accessible to the American traveler. For now. In honor of GoT’s long-awaited return this weekend, VinePair presents you a portal to pure fantasy: a real life King’s Landing crawl to call your own.
Dubrovnik holds some 50,000 people, but only 1500 permanently reside within the fortified walls of the Old City — a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
Known as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, famous for its history, and a UNESCO World Heritage site – Dubrovnik, Croatia is by no means underrated. Its harbor is the quintessential Croatian image: crystal blue waters, red rooves, cream walls, cobbled streets and medieval stone. It is a beautiful city with an enticing energy. Although it is the southern point of the country, every traveler in Croatia is eventually heading here. Let Dubrovnik lure you in, and prove that it lives up to the hype.
Experience the Old Town of Dubrovnik, Croatia
The medieval city walls define Dubrovnik. They contain the old town, preserved in history yet saturated in energy. The past is respected, but not boring. Young travelers are drawn to it just as much as mature couples and older holidaymakers. The beauty of the old town is timeless.