In honor of the premier of Season 7 of Game of Thrones tonight, I decided to write this travel guide about Dubrovnik, also known as King’s Landing, in Croatia! It’s a beautiful city with a historical Old Town that is surrounded on all sides by walls. While it doesn’t look exactly like how it does in the show, (unsurprisingly there is a lot of CGI), it is still very beautiful and definitely worth visiting.
What To See And Do
Beautiful walled city with cobblestone streets and stone houses. Many scenes in Game of Thrones were shot in this town, and there are numerous walking tours throughout the day that take you to all the spots where scenes were filmed. There are lots of restaurants in the city that are a bit on the pricey side, beautiful churches, many shops, and a few museums. I recommend coming early, as it gets quite crowded here during the day!
You can walk on the walls of the city. There are beautiful views of the town from above, of the ocean view, the island Lokrum, and the surrounding city. The entrance fee is 120 kuna for adults. Inside the city walls is Fort Minceta, which is where the scene in which Daenerys Targaryen walks around the House of Undying looking for her dragons! I highly recommend doing this!
A bar at the side of the town closest to the ocean. There are stairs down to the beach from this bar where you can jump into the water from a cliff about 20 meters high.
A fort right outside the walls of Old Town, this is the fort used as the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. There is a beautiful view of the town walls from the top of the fort.
Three Island Cruise Tour
You can do a day tour from Old Town to three nearby islands, Kolocep, Sipan, and Lopud. These tours offer a lunch, and unlimited wine. I did this tour and it was about 35 euros a person. The tour was ok, if you have time, feel free to do it, but it wasn’t exceptional or anything.
An island right by Old Town Dubrovnik, only 15 minutes by boat, which run daily for about 6 euros. There’s a salt filled lake, beautiful hiking trails in the nature reserve, peacocks, and a small Game of Thrones museum with an Iron Throne you can take a picture with!
Dubrovnik Cable Car
You can take a cable car from near Old Town to high up the mountains, where there is a beautiful panoramic view of Dubrovnik Old Town and the surrounding coastline. It costs 120 kuna for a round trip.
A popular beach just south of Old Town with beach chairs, umbrellas, restaurants, watersports, and nice views of Lokrum and Old Town. I suggest wearing water shoes when swimming in the ocean, there are tons of sea urchins in the Croatian waters, especially where the beaches are rocky.
A nice, small hidden beach with cliffs surrounding it.
Walk And Explore
Dubrovnik is such a beautiful place. I recommend just walking everywhere and taking in the sights, in the Old Town and the surrounding city. Croatian architecture is quite unique, and the country is very green as well, with lots of trees and greenery everywhere.
How To Get There:
You can take a flight into Dubrovnik airport, which is located about 20km south of the city. Flight prices vary greatly depend on the time of the year. It also depends a lot on where you’re flying from. From the airport, you can take a bus to the main bus station in Kantafig, which is only 2km north of Old Town.
You can also take a bus to Dubrovnik into the bus station in Kantafig. The buses come from all throughout Europe. I was in Sofia, Bulgaria, before coming to Dubrovnik, and I paid about 40 euros to get there. If you’re backpacking throughout Europe, this is the method I suggest, as it’ll be cheaper than flying, and you get to pass through Serbia and Montenegro on the way there, which both have quite beautiful landscapes.
Where To Stay:
There are hotels and hostels within Old Town, but they are on the expensive side since it is a very popular tourist destination. Most people stay in nearby hotels or hostels just outside the town walls. To save money, I suggest using Airbnb or staying at a hostel. If you’re traveling alone, hostels will be more economical. Airbnbs are good too, but still not super cheap since Dubrovnik is super popular. I stayed at an Airbnb that was kind of far away, but it was still around $40 a night.
Another suggestion is to wait until you arrive in Dubrovnik and find a sobe. A sobe is a bed and breakfast commonly found throughout Croatia. There were people and signs advertising these everywhere, there were ladies at the bus stop holding up signs for available sobes when I first arrived at the bus station.
How To Get Around:
Dubrovnik has a good bus system, with buses coming every 30 minutes. There are many routes, which make it easy to get from anywhere in Dubrovnik to Old Town. Uber is also available in Dubrovnik, and is pretty cheap as well.
I hope you found this guide useful, and for more travel tips, check out these posts here! Winter is coming!