Are you a Game of Thrones fan and ready to explore King’s Landing with the Red Keep, the Free City Braavos and parts of the Slaver’s Bay, such as Meereen, Yunkai and Astapor? Then this is something for you...
From the second season on, the producer of Game of Thrones moved the settings of King’s Landing from Malta to Dubrovnik, Croatia. One of the reasons could be that the author of the books, George R. R. Martin, didn’t release the original maps of Westeros and Essos before the first season was already out. Anyways Dubrovnik is perfect for many scenes in King’s Landing, the Red Keep, and the Blackwater Bay. Even though lots of parts from the Red Keep were constructed afterward on Computer programs, the producer used two buildings in Dubrovnik that actually exist, the Bokar tower and Lovrijenac Malta.
Lovrijenac Malta on the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia
The old town served as a setting for the famous walk of shame from Cersei Lannister after she had been a prisoner from the High Sparrow. The Minčeta tower, also in Dubrovnik, was the setting of the scene, where Daenerys had to save her dragons in the House of the Undying.
Church in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Cersei's Walk of Shame in Dubrovnik's streets, Croatia
Just at about 15 minutes from Dubrovnik away, on an Island called Lokrum, the rich city Quart, which Daenerys visits for potential allies and money, is shot there. As well this is the place, where the original Iron Throne is and you can take a seat.
Lokrum Island near Dubrovnik, Croatia
The beautiful, flowery gardens of the Red Keep, famous for example when Sansa Stark and Margaery Tyrell or Loras Tyrell promenade through, was filmed in Arboretum in Trsteno diente, on the same coast as Dubrovnik.
The Croatian port Split appears the first time in Game of Thrones when Arya Stark arrives in Braavos, one of the Free Cities in Essos. Braavos is mentioned before because it’s also the seat of the Iron Bank, which is very important for Westeros, but in the fourth season, it’s the first time you can actually see the city.
Fortress of Klis, Split, Croatia
Also is the Fortress of Klis in Split used as part of the Slave's City Meereen, when Daenerys walked up the stairs surrounded by slaves.
Aït-Ben-Haddou and Essaouira, Marocco
Aït-Ben-Haddou, Ouarzazate, Marocco
With the dry clime and the natural desert, Marocco was the best location to film a part of the Slaver’s Bay and its cities Meereen, Yunkai, and Astapor. When Daenerys Targaryen takes over the cities ruled by the so-called “Masters” with her army, the Unsullied you see the impressive Aït-Ben-Haddou as Yunkai and Meereen and Essaouira as the great Astapor.
Unfortunately, there is no official Game of Thrones tour yet in Marocco, but you can still join another tour (linked below) and explore the city and its monuments on your own.
Book your tour here:
Game of Thrones Tour Croatia, Dubrovnik:
Game of Thrones Tour Croatia, Split:
(Not official) Game of Thrones Tour Marocco, Marrakesh and Aït-Ben-Haddou:
By Elena Kasper