In Dubrovnik we started the story about "Game of Thrones" filming locations in Croatia. Now, we are are going 230 km to the north - to city of Split. Spalatum, as Split was named in Roman time in Latin language, the second largest city in Croatia is important port on the Adriatic, cultural and industrial center of Dalmatian region. "Game of Thrones" crew decided to shoot some scenes in this amazing city as well. Also fortress Klis, nearby Split city, was one of the filming locations in Croatia.
Split has very vibrant night-life, beautiful promenade called Riva, old town with Diocletian's palace built in 4th century AD. Split is also connected with nearby small gorgeous cities - Trogir (in the "Game of Thrones" used as a filming location for Qarth) and Omiš. Also, this Croatian city has in its proximity three amazing Adriatic islands - Brač, Hvar and Vis. And many, many other bigger and smaller islands.
How "Game of Thrones" crew did some magic in Croatia:
Diocletian’s Palace was built in 4th century AD while this region was part of Roman Empire. Now, one of the most visited historical and touristic sights in Croatia and Europe is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This time it became filming location for HBO's hit series - its basement was the scenery for the place where in her palace Daenerys Targaryen kept her dragons. Besides dragon spot, basement was also a stage for Daenerys’ throne room, of course with many visual effects and animation.
It takes only 20 minutes by car to get from Split city center to the Klis fortress. Buses run regularly from Split to Klis. This Dalmatian limestone stronghold, house of Croatian kings and dukes was defending point against Ottoman Empire and it was built, probably, in the 3rd century BC. But, in last few years Klis is known as Meereen city, the greatest city in the Bay of Dragons.
On the Klis fortress some parts of "Game of Thrones" scenery are visible.
All those locations in Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Klis, Šibenik, Baška voda) are places where people can see and feel their pure beauty - those are not studios of museums. Nowadays, situation is a bit different. Modern tourists would like to see where some fictional queen or king died rather than where real king or queen were born or where he or she ruled the country from. Both are legit types of tourism and the latest one - TV show tourism definitely becomes more and more popular. Good news for those places and its entrepreneurs. Croatia made good steps in sense of accepting TV show tourism, making profit from it but again without forgetting all other more important cultural, historical and natural spots.