We met our tour guide, Tom, at the Pile Gate. This is the gate most cruise ship visitors enter from so make sure you have a thorough understanding of the meeting place. Luckily Tom found us easily and introductions were made.
Tom has lived in Dubrovnik for over 30 years and is not just fluent in Game of Thrones, but in Dubrovnik itself. His mastery of the city and its culture was top notch.
On top of what Tom knows about Dubrovnik, he’s lucky enough to have a sister who was an extra in Game of Thrones and thus, has comprehensive inside knowledge on the different locations and delectable tidbits on the famous HBO series that no other tour guides have.
Tom brought along a comprehensive picture booklet of scenes from the show that we could hold up and compare to the places he was showing us.
We visited locations within the city walls, outside the city walls and even walked up to the nearby fortress. Entrance to the fortress was included in our old city wall ticket that we had purchased the previous day (and didn’t even know).
I won’t describe everywhere we went because that would require a spoiler alert for the tour. But believe me when I say in addition to a good dose of Dubrovnik and its history, you will get to visit multiple locations where filming was done.
What exactly do you see?
The Walls of Dubrovnik and of Fort Lovrijenac were used for scenes in King's Landing and the Red Keep. In fact, Dubrovnik is often referred to as ‘King’s Landing’ these days.
From the fortress, you can see the island of Lokrum used for scenes set in Qarth.
The fortress itself was used for many scenes, including King Joffrey’s name day. And from there you can see the Minceta Tower, which was where Deanerys entered the House of the Undying.
The rest you’ll have to find out for yourself.
The Secret Hole-In-The-Wall
After our tour, Tom led us down several winding back streets in the old city to a small, gated hole in the wall - literally. Through the gate and down the stairs we discovered the most happening, the most scenic bar café I’ve ever encountered.
Right there, perched on the rocky cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea - it was picture perfect. This place is called Buza Bar or Buza Café which literally translates to “hole in the wall”. Very appropriate.
It also happened to be the best spot for cliff diving into the gorgeous blue seas below.
Want a relaxing drink by the ocean? This is the place you’ve been looking for your whole life!
Other Places To Visit
Apart from the tour, you can also visit later season filming locations such as Diocletian's Palace in Split, Klis Fortress north of Split, Perun quarry east of Split, Mosor mountain and Baška Voda further to the south.