Dubrovnik or King’s Landing

I am a big fan of the HBO TV series “Game of Thornes” and was awe-inspired with the stunning filming locations. The shooting for King’s landing was done in Malta in Season 1 and in Dubrovnik, Croatia in Season 2. After my  visit to Malta, I was planning for a long time to roam around the ancient city walls in Dubrovnik. In January 2017, I submitted my doctoral thesis and the very next day I was on my way to King’s Landing.

The first glance on Dubrovnik
The first glance on Dubrovnik
View from the ancient city wall
View from the ancient city wall
Just another alley in the city
Just another alley in the city

How to get there

Dubrovnik (also known as Pearl of Adriatic) is situated at the south most tip of Croatia. The nearer airport (IATA: DBV) is located around 20 km away from the city center. There are numerous airlines that fly to and from Dubrovnik. It is also possible to reach there using ferry from Italy (specially Bari). Additionally, many cruise lines make a day stop at this famous spot. If you travel from Zagreb to Dubrovnik using bus or car, you have to pass through the border check at Neum, which is a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The red-tiled roof and blue Adriatic- amusing combination
The red-tiled roof and blue Adriatic- amusing combination

History of Dubrovnik

In it’s peak time, the port city of Dubrovnik was a rival of Venice in terms of maritime trade in medieval ages. It was also the capital of the Kingdom of Ragusa. Because of skilled diplomacy and wealth, the city managed to keep a good relationship with the Ottoman empire and maintained its status as free country. In the 19th century, Dubrovnik became a part of Habsburg Empire and after WWII, part of Yugoslavia. After the breakdown of Yugoslavia, this walled city suffered some damages and now it is a proud part of Croatia. The city has been repaired completely and serving as a touristic gem for the country.

The canon still tells about the powerful history of Dubrovnik
The canon still tells about the powerful history of Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik harbour
Dubrovnik harbour

What to explore

The most famous site in Dubrovnik is the ancient city walls. Each Summer, literally millions of tourists climb and roam around the wall. The view from there is awesome and it’s impossible to take a bad photo from there. The medieval architecture along with the red tiled roof makes the city so picturesque. Interestingly, the oldest pharmacy in Europe is also in here and you can visit it with a small token. The Game of Thornes tour is also very popular. There are also opportunities for other activities like swimming, boat trips etc.

The main plaza in old town
The main plaza in old town
The oldest European pharmacy
The oldest European pharmacy

Insider tips

  • The Summer is incredibly crowded in Dubrovnik, planning a trip in Winter will be more enjoyable and budget-friendly.
  • There are numerous day-trip options from the city. The most popular ones are day-trips to Montenegro and Bosnia.
  • While in Dubrovnik, try to enjoy the local fish and seafoods.
Spectacular view in every corner
Spectacular view in every corner

 

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