December 21, 2012 by Amanda
On occasional Fridays, I’ll be briefly profiling a specific location somewhere in the world that has been featured in a movie or TV show.
This week, the site is Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Dubrovnik, often called “The Pearl of the Adriatic,” is a city that looks as though it was MADE to serve as the backdrop for epic movies. With high ivory-colored walls and stacked orange rooftops contrasting against the deep blue of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik has “cinematic perfection” written all over it.
And the famed walled city might look familiar to fans of a particular HBO hit.
Yes, Dubrovnik was used to film pivotal scenes in HBO’s wildly popular “Game of Thrones” series.
In Season 1 of the medieval fantasy epic, the central stronghold of King’s Landing and the Red Keep was filmed in Malta. For Season 2 (and, reportedly, Season 3), however, production was moved to Dubrovnik and the surrounding area.
Dubrovnik’s impregnable medieval walls were perfect for King’s Landing — in fact, I wonder if author George R. R. Martin didn’t have the Croatian city in mind when he was writing about the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
While you won’t spy any Lannisters or the Iron Throne as you’re walking around Dubrovnik, chances are you WILL still feel like you’re on a movie set, or in some sort of fantasy world. The city really is that breathtaking.
For the full effect, be sure to walk the walls.
Also of interest to “Game of Thrones” fans should be the island of Lokrum, just off the coast of Dubrovnik. The production team used this location as a stand-in for the city of Quarth, where Dani takes her dragons in Season 2.
Is Dubrovnik on YOUR travel wish-list?