Game of Thrones Croatia
If you are planning a trip to Croatia, look no further than Dubrovnik, one of the must-sees along the Dalmatian coast. But beyond the hustle and bustle of this old walled city is a small island in the Adriatic sea.
Only 70 hectares in size, the island of Lokrum has been put on the map thanks to Game of Thrones. This croatian islands was used in season two as a stand-in for the city of Qarth. This little island is bursting with legends and historical treasures and is a UNESCO protected Nature Reserve.
Rich in history and easily accessible by boat from Dubrovnik, it’s easy to see why it was chosen as a destination with its rugged cliffs, olive groves, and pine tree forest trails that lead to the beach. The island was once a settlement for the Benedictine monks and the Benedictine monastery is one of greatest importance in the Dubrovnik area.
This famous monastery which starred in the Game of Thrones was abandoned over 200 years ago. It was founded in the 11th century and you can see the ruins of the basilica which was built in a Romanesque-Gothic style. Unfortunately parts of the new monastery were destroyed in an earthquake but you can still see the Gothic-Renassiance 15th century architecture. Peacocks (which were brought from the Canary Islands) roam around the preserved monastery’s garden.
But it’s not just peacocks that you’ll find here as the island is also home to lizards, geckos and turtles which reside in the Mediterranean flora. This green island is also home to a botanical garden which inspired scenes for the hit series. The botanical garden has more than 400 species of plants and is a gardener's dream.
The island is small enough to walk around with marked walking trails. The highest point on the island is a Napoleonic Fortress, built by the French. See Charlotte’s Well, explore the Forest of Holm Oak and Manna Ash or follow ‘The Path of Paradise’ along tree-lined paths which were built in the time of Maximilian of Habsburg who bought the island in the 19th century. He transformed the monastery into his own summer residence and the botanical garden was later formed.
For those who prefer the sea, you can hop aboard a kayak and see it from the waters edge or have a leisurely swim in the salt lake which the Croatians call their ‘Dead Sea’ before exploring the small natural harbour.
There are areas for naturalists too so if you have the desire to get an all-over tan, head to the naturalist beach on the south-east for some sun bathing. The island is also ideal for snorkelling around the coastline and don’t miss the purple cave, covered in purple seaweed which gives it its name.
Lokrum is a world away from the crowds in Old Town Dubrovnik that you’ll want to spend a whole day here. There’s no need to hurry back either as the island cafe plays live music during most afternoons.
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Due to the seasons the island is only accessible to visitors from April to November. From Dubrovnik to Lokrum you can take a boat from the harbour at the Old Port. Boats leave for the 10 minute journey from 9am and depart every 30 minutes up until 7pm. If you are planning to come to Dubrovnik then a trip to Lokrum is a must.