Dubrovnik was the port I was most excited to visit when I looked over our holiday itinerary. As a Game of Thrones fan, as well as a general ‘tiny town’ fan, I couldn’t wait to get in the town and get exploring. We didn’t make a plan for the day, we just decided to see where we ended up. I love those kind of days the most, it’s so much fun to just be spontaneous!
We ended up off the ship and at the entrance to the old town by 9am, just like whilst we were in Zadar we wanted to beat the heat and start early. As cheesy as it sounds, when I caught my first glimpse of the town as we came down the hill, I let out a little gasp. The old town looks exactly like King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, which makes sense since since it’s filmed here, I just wasn’t expecting it to be exactly the same! It’s a stunning town anyway, a jumble of red topped buildings, encased in a giant wall and edged by the gorgeous Dalmatian Coast, it would take your breath away even if you weren’t a GOT fan.
We spent most of the morning just exploring, wandering through the tiny narrow streets, and admiring the details on the buildings in the giant squares. It was the most bizarre thing to round a corner and spot a scene from GOT, but with the addition of a few tourist cafés and shops (die hard fans will spot an iconic location from the latest season in the above photos), and it’s safe to say the locals are really cashing in on the Game of Thrones Fame. You’re not short of options for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Walking Tour, the shops are stuffed with merchandise, and there’s even a replica Iron Throne in one of the stores. If you’re a GOT fan and you’re thinking of visiting though, a quick Google search will tell you where you can find the locations, so save your money on the expensive walking tours!
By midday, it was looking like the heat was going to foil our plans to walk the city walls, and as we made our way around the edge of the town, we spotted a little doorway going out of the walls and onto the clifftop. We stuck our heads out and found a hidden bar built into the cliff tops, as well as a secret swimming spot. We made our way down the cliff face to the waters edge, the boys headed straight in, but mum and I held back after spotting approximately 3957294 fish, and opted to just sit on the edge with our feet in. It’s the perfect hidden spot away from tourists to grab a drink, and cool down for a bit.
At this point temperatures were soaring above 37 degrees, and we were utterly melting, so we decided to call it a day and head back to the ship. As we meandered through the streets I got Con to snap a few pictures of my dress, it was such a different choice for me but I loved it. I found it for a bargain £15.99 in TKMaxx and it’s much brighter and bolder than anything else in my wardrobe, but I just didn’t want to take it off.
Dubrovnik gets a full thumbs up from me, I’d love to go back when it’s not so hot and explore more! Particularly if you’re a GOT fan, it’s worth a visit!