The azure, foamed waves of the Adriatic crash against the white walls of Dubrovnik’s stunning medieval fortifications. Against this picture-perfect scenery, the sand-coloured buildings of the Old Town, with their iconic red roofs, rise majestically over the sea and form a sight very familiar to fans of the hit TV-series Game of Thrones. This is the real-life King’s Landing.
Founded in the 7th century, the city of Dubrovnik has suffered both natural disasters and the pains of war over scores of centuries. However, against each adversity the city has managed to restore and rebuilt itself, while preserving its charm and beauty. The myriad of cobbled streets, interwoven around the romantic centre of Dubrovnik, serve as perfect extensions from the fortress and the walls to go on a full exploration of the city. A dedicated Game of Thrones-tour will take you to all the places that are used in the series, and during the summer season this walk is available from 11am until late afternoon. If you just want to explore the city at your own leisure then there’s something new to discover literally around every corner. Start your journey at the forts by the coast, where Fort Lovrijenac stands like a colossus, greeting visitors arriving from the sea. Walk down the wide Stradun-street and visit the pharmacy of the Franciscan Monastery, which is the world’s third-oldest working pharmacy –and definitely looks the part as well. Hang out by Big Onofrio’s Fountain next to the truly marvellous Pile Gate, and don’t forget to explore the interior of Rector’s Palace. The city is a delightful labyrinth of bygone days and if you feel like you’re losing your sense of direction after hours of wandering, then either retire to Banja Beach for a bit of sun-lounging, or head to the cable-car system. Carrying you up the steep sides of Mount Srd, you’ll be met with a panoramic view of the old city and the surrounding area. During the months of summer the cable-car service stays open until midnight, and you can watch the sun set on the horizon of the Adriatic Sea, while the streetlights below bathe the city in a golden glow.
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