Game of Thrones indisputably has some of the most picturesque scenes ever captured in an American television series (or for that matter any tv show across the world). Many have surely felt like visiting the Seven Kingdoms only for the stunning scenery on several occasions. So here we discover these precious locations from GoT that you can visit too!
1. Spain: Spain is a place that one cannot overlook while discussing Game of Thrones locations. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, Basque Country is a place that features the famous stone bridge. Numerous places in Seville have played a huge role in the filming of the show. Extremadura is also a place that has become a popular tourist spot for all the beautiful reasons. (By the way don’t forget to check out our collection of Game Of Thrones T-Shirts)
Getting to Spain from India: The best time to travel to Spain is said to be the autumn season. The main airports in Spain are in Barcelona and Madrid, where you can land from the major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. To visit nearby places or your favourite GoT location, you can travel by the public and private transport systems.
2. Iceland: Want to visit the home of the White Walkers? Iceland is the place that was the abode of the dead. But it will make you feel as alive as ever. Iceland was first featured in Game of Thrones in Season 2 and we cannot get enough of the place ever since.
Getting to Iceland from India: You can travel to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland by the frequent flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. North Iceland is a must visit for the GoT fan in you! By the way, a fun fact here – did you know the mighty Gregor Clegane aka “The Mountain” (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) from Game Of Thrones is also from Reykjavik Iceland.
3. Croatia: These places in the mystical Croatia should definitely feature on your GoT itinerary: St. Dominika Street, Bokar Fortress, Lokrum Island, Lovrijenac Fortress and Diocletian’s Palace. The King’s Landing is the place that earned Croatia the name of the Land of the Iron Throne.
Getting to Croatia from India: Flights operate from India to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia from major Indian cities. You can travel to the other places from Zagreb using public or private transport. Enjoy the Mediterranean climate best in summer. If you indeed decide to go to Croatia (especially Zagreb), then I must recommend going to the Upper Town (aka Gornji Grad). I was there on a family trip around last year’s Christmas, and we had an amazing time. The people are super nice and Indians are generally respected and welcomed. Above is an image we took, while we were there.
Through this article, my intension was to give you a little insight into how even we common folks can touch and feel the very places, Game Of Thrones was shot at, and maybe come a slight bit close to the awesome-st show in the history of mankind. So, these were the three dazzling places that will captivate you to no end, whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not. They say that travel is the best way to discover yourself. So, do not forget to add these stunning places to your bucket list, for who knows, you may find the power of royal connections doing wonders to your soul!
Neha Rajan – A Media Studies professional, working with popular Merchandise Brand – We The Chic. She has a passion for writing on just about anything. Books and her dog Leo are her best companions. She loves the natural world and her affection for animals led her to veganism. A pacifist, lover of mysticism with absolute faith in the Universe, she hopes to conquer her own little world with words, dreams and compassion.
Croatia Is A Stunning European Destination You Can Visit For The Price Of An Asian Country
Croatia is a stunning eastern-European country, which has been around for only 25 years. Yes! A young country, thriving on tourism, Croatia needs to be on your bucket list.
On one side it is bordered by a long coastline, and the other it is dotted by the Dinaric Alps! Historic cities, picturesque coastal towns, unspoilt nature and pristine beaches are some of the attractions that has put Croatia on the tourism map. The vibrant inland city of Zagreb has the country’s best museums, galleries and bucket-list worthy restaurants. And the coastal city of Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most glamorous city, that is centred around an old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With approximately 1,200 islands, azure waters and picturesque villages rich in history, Croatia is a country that you just can’t miss. If you imagine your vacations to be spent sipping cocktails on the beach and enjoying the waves of the sea, Croatia is the place for you. If you want to marvel at European architecture and get lost in old historical cities, Croatia is the place for you. If you wanna just soak in the thriving culture and taste exquisite cuisines, Croatia is a must-visit. And if you want to walk the lanes where Game of Thrones was shot, well, Croatia it is for you.
>> How to reach
From New Delhi you can fly to Zagreb, the capital or Dubrovnik.
New Delhi to Zagreb – You may check exact prices here
Croatia is not part of the Schengen countries and therefore you can’t visit it on a regular single entry Schengen visa. However, if you have a multiple-entry Schengen visa, you can visit the country. You can apply for a visa to Croatia from VFS Global here.
The following is an itinerary to follow for your 9 day duration in Croatia
Croatia’s capital is an underrated destination waiting to be explored. It is not as popular as Dubrovnik or Split, but is a quintessential metropolitan city combining elegant 19th century buildings with plenty of cultural divisions and a vibrant cafe life. It is a great place to discover charming boutiques selling unique dresses, shopping for souvenirs, and tasting local delicacies. It is also a good place to visit undulating hills and charming villages nearby.
What to see
1. Start you day at the main city square and check out the Ban Josip Jelačić Statue and fountain.
2. Visit the Antiques and Flea Market on the Britanac Square and pick up cheap vintage accessories, books, clothes or pottery.
3. Visit the Museum of Illusions and the Museum of Broken Relationships, both unique and original museums that will test your perceptions about things.
4. Take the Funicular Railway to the Upper Town, and visit the Lotrscak Tower, where everyday at noon a cannon is fired to commemorate Zagreb’s victory over the Turks.
5. While still at the Upper Town, visit the Dolac Market, the best place to buy fresh fruits, local flowers and souvenirs.
6. For a fun night, visit Lemon Bar, in the centre of town or Katran, a club which has four dance floors.
1. Use public transportation, it’s cheap and efficient. If you are stuck somewhere and don’t know how to go about using public transport, there is Uber and Cammeo Taxi that you can use.
2. Euro is not widely accepted in Croatia, so get it converted before you venture out.
Costs Per Day
Local Transport (Bus & Metro): Rs. 476 (47 Croatian Kuna)
Taxi Starting Tariff: Rs. 60/km
Hotel Stay: Average price for a night per person is Rs. 3000 (300 Croatian Kuna)
A Meal: A lunch or dinner without alcohol will cost you around Rs. 1000 (95 Croatian Kuna), and with alcohol around Rs. 1500 (150 Croatian Kuna).
Plitvice Lakes National Park
On day 2, you can either drive down to Plitvice National Park or take a public bus (one way ticket will cost around 9-10 Euros).
The collection of lakes and waterfalls in Croatia’s most popular national park are a marvel to see. The 16 crystalline lakes that fall into each other via a series of waterfalls is a sight that draws many visitors every year. You can either see this park on your way to Dubrovnik, if you are driving down, or can go visit it as a full day tour from Zagreb. It takes a minimum of four hours to fully see and experience this beautiful place.
On the morning of day 3, you can either take a short flight, about an hour-long, to Dubrovnik (one way will cost you around 75 Euros) or take a bus, that will take around nine hours, to Dubrovnik (one way will cost you around 30 Euros).
Day 3 to Day 7
Dubrovnik is a unique and bewitching coastal town that has become the crowning glory of Croatia in recent years. The city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the place where parts of super popular TV show Game Of Thrones are shot. However, it’s not just a famous shooting location; Dubrovnik has much more to offer. It is a glittering jewel in the Adriatic Sea bordering Croatia and it holds the power to leave you asking for more. The city’s white limestone streets, buildings from the Baroque era and the shimmering Adriatic Sea will leave you mesmerised.
One can spend a week, a month or even a year here and not get tired of this city, but for those who are on a tight budget, dedicate at least three days to see this city.
What to see
1. Walk along the Old City, Dubrovnik’s best feature. It is the perfect place for a casual stroll to enjoy excellent views over the Adriatic Sea and the Old City centre.
2. Walk on Stradun Street, the most famous street within the Old City. It is lined with shopping stalls and cafes on both sides and a great place to grab a cup of coffee and just relax.
3. Don’t miss out on Walking The Walls, a great architectural site in the city, and also the place where Game Of Thrones is shot.
4. Take a cable car ride to Srđ Hill for the most amazing aerial views of the city.
5. Visit Fort Lovrijenac, dubbed as ‘Croatia’s Gibraltar’, and Croatia’s most prominent fortress.
6. Visit the beautiful Dominican and Franciscan monasteries.
7. Spend a day visiting the Elaphite Islands surrounding Dubrovnik.
8. Take a Game Of Thrones tour and visit all the spots where the show is shot.
1. Prices around Old Town are really high, so try and negotiate and go in a large group rather than alone.
2. Public transport in Dubrovnik is also cheap and efficient.
3. You can reach the top of Srđ Hill by taxi as well, if the line to the cable car is too long.
Costs Per Day
Local Transport (Bus & Metro): Rs. 500 (50 Croatian Kuna)
Taxi Starting Tariff: Rs. 60/km
Hotel Stay: Average price for a night per person is Rs. 4500 (450 Croatian Kuna)
A Meal: A lunch or dinner without alcohol will cost you around Rs. 1500 (150 Croatian Kuna), and with alcohol around Rs. 3000 (300 Croatian Kuna).
On the morning of day 7, leave for Split. The best and easiest way to reach Split is by bus. It will take around five hours by road and cost around 22 Euros one way.
Day 8 and 9
The remains of Diocletian’s Palace in Split is the heart of the city. A main getaway to the south Dalmatian islands, Split in itself is a city that you must stop and explore. Always buzzing, always alive, this city is a perfect example of a seamless blend of old and new; and this blend is clearly shown by bars, restaurants and shop hidden in between ancient columns, temples, walls.
What to see
1. Start your day by visiting Diocletian’s Palace, the ancient Roman ruin that was built-in 305 AD.
2. Cathedral of St. Domnius is recognised as the oldest cathedral in Croatia and one of the most well-preserved Roman buildings in Split. Visit this cathedral and then climb the bell tower for the most beautiful panoramic view of the city.
3. Visit the Riva Waterfront and promenade for some relaxing time and to pick up souvenirs. This is the place to try delicious ice creams and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while staring at jewelled waters.
4. Climb up the Marjan Hill for some amazing views of surrounding islands on one side and imposing mountains on the other.
5. After that tiring climb up and down the hill, relax at Bačvice Beach and spend the evening enjoying the sunset.
6. For a fun night out, check out Ghetto Bar, famous for its delicious cocktails or just chill at the Bačvice Beach shacks with a pint of beer or two.
1. Almost every bar and coffee-house has free wi-fi. The passwords are generally written on the receipts, but if you don’t get one, ask the waiter and he/she will happily provide you with one.
2. Public transport is almost non-existent, but the cabs here are cheaper compared to the rest of the country, Uber being the cheapest option.
Costs Per Day
Local Transport (Buses): Rs. 1000 (90 Croatian Kuna)
Taxi Starting Tariff: Rs. 60/km
Hotel Stay: Average price for a night per person is Rs. 4000 (400 Croatian Kuna)
A Meal: A lunch or dinner without alcohol will cost you around Rs. 1400 (140 Croatian Kuna), and with alcohol around Rs. 3000 (300 Croatian Kuna).
Croatia is a land of immense natural beauty and rich cultural diversity. The lush green forests, the cascading waterfalls, and the stupendous summits come together to create magical landscapes. Equally awe-inspiring is the history of this land that has been a home to some of the most impressive civilizations of the world. Each generation has left an indelible mark on the culture of this region and the art, music, and architecture narrates the marvelous tales of the incredible past. Every island, city, and village have something unique and rare to offer, be it the spectacular buildings or the serene natural splendor. Following are some of the most interesting places that stand out as Croatia’s most beloved treasures.
Treasure troves of Croatia -The City of Dubrovnik
If you are a follower of the television series Game of Thrones then you can get a chance to set foot in the mesmerizing city of King’s Landing, which has been brought to life by the spellbinding architecture of the city of Dubrovnik. The magnificent stone walls and the glorious Sponza Palace provide a royal feel to this ancient Croatian city, whereas the bright red rooftops offer a stark contrast against the backdrop of the sapphire blue Adriatic Sea. The city is worldly known for its long and thick defensive walls that surround old city core. Within these walls, the grandeur of the famous Dubrovnik Cathedral has remained untarnished in the face of time, and the cobbled pathways from the bygone era are still intact. This city has somehow managed to keep the old-world charm alive. And as such, offers a good glimpse of how European fort-structured cities looked and felt like.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
As you step inside the Plitvice Lakes National Park, you will be greeted by the serenading ambiance of gushing waterfalls. This Croatian national park is particularly famous for its sixteen cascading lakes, all interconnected with waterfalls, creating one of the kind wonders of nature. It is the largest and most frequented national park in the country, abundant in vibrant flora and fauna. Pictures cannot do justice to the astonishing patterns that the gurgling streams of water crate. Surrounding forests provide the perfect habitat for several species of animals, such as brown bears, wolves, and wild cats. Wooden footbridges are provided for the easy traversal of this region, with marked tracks and signs for better navigation. But for those less adventurous, boat tours are also available.
The City of Split
The second largest city of Croatia, Split is one of the most sought after destinations because of its standing remnants of a marvelous past. The Diocletian’s Palace is the undisputed top attraction of this city, and one of the most magnificent relics of Roman Empire and the architecture in the world. Facing the harbor, the exteriors of the palace resemble an imposing fortress. However, the streets inside are bustling with activity, with shops and restaurants that are loved by the locals and tourists alike. The Cathedral of St. Domnius is yet another stunning and imposing monument from the gone Roman era. Other places worth a visit include the Klis Fortress, the Temple of Jupiter and the Archaeological Museum, each of which offers some insight regarding the ancient civilizations of this region.
Surrounded by the glimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea is the densely vegetated island of Korcula. Bestowed with the title of Black Island by the ancient Greeks, owing to its thick pine forests. Untouched by urbanization, Korcula is a quaint town with medieval squares and rustic houses. This island is a quiet retreat that is covered with olive groves and vineyards and is perfect for those in search peace in a more secluded destination. At the heart of the town is the St. Mark’s Cathedral, standing as a perfect display of Gothic-Renaissance architecture of the town. The Town Museum speaks of the different chapters of Korcula’s history, whereas the remnants of the towers and walls that once guarded this town create a beautiful sight against the backdrop of a sparkling sea.
Krka National Park
The Krka National Park is named after the meandering river that flows through this region. This river holds the breathtaking island of Visovac, a circular speck of land with a Franciscan monastery that now serves as a museum and library. The national park’s most famous attractions are the splendid series of waterfalls that include Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap among the favorites. And unlike Plitvice Lakes, these waters are open for recreational swimming and diving. This region is occupied by a variety of reptiles and amphibians, while on the skyline you can spot many different bird species. The idyllic scenery and the calm atmosphere are ideal for a relaxing experience. A visit to the riverside town of Skradin provides a flavor of the local culture, and its port offers a safe home for many yacht charter and boats alike.
These are just a few enchanting places that make Croatia a unique destination, attractive for travelers with varied tastes and interests. They highlight the kaleidoscope of cultural and natural treasure that this country has had.
Nicholas Svensk, an audio engineer, enthusiast for hiking, off-road cycling and exploring nature in general. Enjoys traveling while trying to learn more about world history and tradition of places he is visiting. An Eco-activist and aspiring writer from time to time.