What are the most Instagrammable spots in Dubrovnik, Croatia? For Game of Thrones fans, there are a plethora of recognizable locations where the show was filmed. From Cersei’s “walk of shame” stairs to the “Red Keep,” Dubrovnik’s old town is the perfect place to recreate some of Game of Thrones’ iconic scenes. For non-watchers, Dubrovnik still has a lot of instagrammable spots that’ll embody the old town’s culture and all it has to offer.
The Iron Throne — Lokrum Island
Featuring a life-size replica of the Iron Throne, Lokrum Island gives travelers the opportunity to check off a bucket-list item by sitting on the Iron Throne and feeling regal while doing it. The Iron Throne is located inside one of the island’s few buildings and is sat upon a small stage. Whether you choose to channel your inner Baratheon, Lannister, Targaryen, or Stark, the Iron Throne is the perfect location to snap an exclusive shot that not many others on your followers list will have.
Not only is the island home to the Iron Throne, but it also doubles as the city of Qarth throughout Game of Thrones. But for non-watchers, Lokrum Island will still be an incredible spot to explore Croatia’s nature and wildlife. On the island, rabbits and peacocks parade themselves around in large numbers. While it may be particularly hard to snap a shot with one of these animals, it’s certainly worth a try.
Minčeta Tower — The Old Town
Minčeta Tower is one of Game of Thrones’ most iconic filming locations. Within the show, the tower doubled as the setting for the House of the Undying in season two. While you may not be searching for your lost dragons like Daenerys Targaryen did, this location is a perfect spot to hike up to and capture an unparalleled view of the old town’s terra-cotta rooftops, the Adriatic Sea, and Lokrum Island in the distance. Though the walk up to the tower can be long, the view from Minčeta Tower will not disappoint.
“Cersei’s Walk of Shame”— The Jesuit Stairs at The Church of St. Ignatius
For Game of Thrones fans, The Jesuit Stairs are one of the most recognizable features in Dubrovnik. These Baroque stairs were featured in Game of Thrones’ season five finale, where Cersei Lannister does her walk of atonement in order to repent for her sins.
While this location is often busy with travelers, it is a must-see spot that has a lot of potential for instagram content that is not just limited to pictures. If you want to venture outside your regular instagram content, the Jesuit Stairs are the perfect spot to take a video or an Instagram Boomerang while walking down the stairs and recreating Cersei’s atonement walk. If you’d rather stick to photos, the stairs are a beautiful setting to show off Dubrovnik’s medieval feel.
Pile and Ploče Gates — The Old Town
For our Pointsters who haven’t yet traveled to Dubrovnik, it’s important to know that the Old Town is surrounded by city walls and there are only two ways to enter or exit—the Pile Gate and the Ploče Gate. These gates were built at the end of the 14th century and used to feature a wooden draw bridge that would be pulled up to keep unwanted visitors out. As the Pile and Ploče gates are the only entrances and exits from the Old Town, they are constantly busy with locals and travelers who want to explore the Old Town. Ultimately, this means the optimal time to take an instagrammable shot at this instagrammable spots in Dubrovnik would be the early morning, before most people come out to explore the town.
For Pointsters who want to know the significance of the gates throughout Game of Thrones, the Pile Bay is where the Lannisters sent Myrcella off in season two to form an alliance with House Martell. While you may not be forging any alliances throughout your stay in Dubrovnik, you’re definitely going to want to stop at the Pile Bay.
Here’s a Pointster pro tip: the Ploče Gate is usually not as busy as the Pile Gate, so if you’re looking to keep photo-bombers out of your pictures, this may be the better place to snap your shot.
The Franciscan Monastery — The Old Town
The Franciscan Monastery is located inside the walls of the Old Town, close to the Ploče Gate. This monastery, built in the 14th century, is one of the cultural treasures of Dubrovnik, featuring paintings and artifacts that contribute to Dubrovnik’s rich history. History lesson aside, this monastery offers limitless options for taking instagrammable pictures. From the bountiful garden, to the arched hallways, getting a bad picture here is almost impossible.
The Dominican Monastery
The entrance to the Dominican Monastery is one of the most beautiful, mesmerizing structures in all of Dubrovnik. The stairs lead you up from the street, to a door that is surrounded by old stone. This structure perfectly captures the feeling and the culture that the Old Town offers, all while providing you with a beautiful instagram picture. At these stairs, the ‘Ghost Of Harrenhal’ protest speech was delivered in season two, episode five of Game of Thrones.
The Dead Sea — Lokrum Island
If you’re looking for a photo that doesn’t revolve around Game of Thrones or Croatia’s wildlife, Lokrum Island has many other enticing features for that perfect instagrammable shot. One of the special features the island has to offer is its Mrtvo More, or the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is a lake that links with the sea, making for the perfect bathing experience. With crystal clear waters, the Dead Sea is just one of the many features that showcases Croatia’s beauty. If you choose to walk beyond the Dead Sea, you can capture some picture-perfect photos on the beautiful rocks and look out at the sea. Whichever you choose to do, an instagram-worthy picture is guaranteed.
Beach Bar Dodo
While some may think that a beach bar couldn’t be an instagrammable location, this one proves us wrong. The Beach Bar Dodo and a small neighboring restaurant are two great locations that’ll bring something new to your instagram feed. Though the view is amazing and picture-worthy at every point of the day, we opted to snap a few shots on their untraditional seating: swings! Aside from being an entertaining alternative to bar stools, these bar swings make taking pictures easy, creative, and effortlessly colorful.
While there are many instagrammable spots in Dubrovnik, there are a surplus of locations throughout the Old Town that are worth seeing and exploring that the Pointster team hadn’t taken shots of. Undeniably, there is a lot to do when exploring the Old Town, meaning a day in Dubrovnik can never be boring.
On my list of destinations to travel to. Love Game of Thrones and would love to visit some of the places they filmed