Game of Thrones Split Croatia (A Local Guide)

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Want to have a Game of Thrones experience you’ll never forget in Split, Croatia? You’re in the right place. As a local to Split and a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I’ve explored all the best locations. In this guide, I’m going to share all of the locations of filming for GOT (in an interactive map), the attractions, whether they’re worth the money, and a few extra gems nearby that only a local Croatian would be able to tell you!

First a little backdrop information:

Split, Croatia, proudly flaunts its rich history, a tapestry woven over centuries and anchored by the grandeur of Roman Emperor, Diocletian’s palace, erected around 300 AD as a retreat fit for an emperor. This exceptionally preserved palace, nestled within breathtaking natural beauty, alongside other remarkable landmarks, served as the magnetic canvas that drew the “Game of Thrones” production team to use it for both Westeros and Essos. In particular, it breathed life into the enigmatic city of Meereen, provided the backdrop for moments in Braavos, and offered a canvas for various iconic scenes. And, as locals, we revel in the pride of having hosted such a legendary TV series within our hometown.

Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Split, Croatia (Interactive Map)

Below are some maps of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia – in the city of Split. I’ve also included some good options for things you can do around the area, like restaurants, cafes etc.

Filming Locations

Restaurants, Bars, Transport & More!

Split Center

Are you aware that the heart of Split is not just a historic site but a UNESCO-protected living, breathing palace, where modern life intertwines seamlessly with its ancient roots? As you wander through Split’s vibrant streets, especially during the peak of the tourist season, you’ll experience the bustling charm of this Mediterranean-inspired city that once was the essence of Meereen in Essos.

Intriguingly, many of the pivotal Game of Thrones scenes that shaped Meereen, were brought to life right here in Split. From the dramatic liberation of the slaves to the brutal demise of the slavers, these narrow streets and picturesque squares were the very backdrop for some of the series’ most iconic moments. Even the intriguing Dungeon, where Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons were held, isn’t a figment of fantasy but a tangible reality within the basement of Diocletian Palace. A network of ancient tunnels, once hidden in the shadows of history, now stands as a testament to the city’s rich heritage, offering a unique experience for visitors.

Kill the masters Scene

As Seen in GoT: Streets of Meereen.
Real-World Location: Papalić Palace(museum of Split), Split.
Notable Scene(s): Kill the masters
Entrance Fee: free
Best Time to Visit: Anytime during the day
Visitor Tip: here is also the entrance to the Split’s museum
Accessibility: Always open

In the gripping episode from Season 4 of “Game of Thrones,” Meereen’s liberation takes center stage as the oppressed slaves rise against their masters. A pivotal moment in this sequence occurs when a vigilant slaver discovers the ominous inscription on the wall, bearing the words “kill the masters.” Following this chilling discovery, an unleashed horde of emancipated slaves emerges from three converging streets to confront the slaver who dared to challenge their newfound freedom.

What adds to the allure of these scenes is the real-life backdrop. These very streets, etched with centuries of history, can be found within the heart of Diocletian Palace, just outside the City Museum. These cobbled pathways have borne witness to the passage of time for over 1,700 years, mirroring the enduring legacy of the palace itself.

Golden Gate

As Seen in GoT: Entrance to Meereen
Real-World Location: Golden Gate(northern) Diocletian Palace, Split
Notable Scene(s): Daario Naharis and Grey Worm entering the city as well as the Unsullied army
Entrance Fee: free
Best Time to Visit: Anytime during the day
Visitor Tip: this is the place where most walking tours start as well as Game of Thrones-related
Accessibility: Always open

Diocletian’s Palace is constructed as a square with walls enclosing it on all four sides, each featuring a gate named after metals: the Golden Gate, Silver Gate, Bronze Gate, and Iron Gate. The most iconic and stunning of these gates, ‘The Golden Gate,’ is featured in ‘Game of Thrones.’ Located at the north exit of the palace, it serves as the backdrop for various scenes in the series.

The Cellars of Diocletian Palace

As Seen in GoT: Daenerys’s Dragon Dungeon and the Throne Room of Meereen
Real-World Location: Cellars of Diocletian’s Palace, Split
Notable Scene(s): Dragons Rhaegal and Viserion locked up; Ser Barristan Selmy’s death
Entrance Fee: 7€ for adults (as of writing)
Best Time to Visit: Early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds
Visitor Tip: Check out the rest of the cellars for a full experience
Accessibility: The main parts are open to all; some sections have an entrance fee

One of the most intriguing sites in Diocletian’s Palace is its cellars, situated underneath the entire southern part of the palace, mirroring the upper section. It is believed that during the Roman era, the cellars were used as storage space, and in the medieval ages, they served as living quarters in some cases. Several iconic scenes from ‘Game of Thrones’ were filmed in these cellars.

The dark and mysterious ambiance provided the perfect setting for the scene in which Daenerys Targaryen locks her dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion, in the catacombs. The dark, damp, and eerie atmospheres added to the dramatic tension of the scenes.

The Throne Room of Meereen, an iconic location, was portrayed within Diocletian’s Palace. This room is where Daenerys initially rules and listens to the petitions of her subjects. The stone arches and columns in the basements create an imposing and majestic backdrop for these political and dramatic scenes.

Furthermore, the cellars of Split, along with some other city locations, played a crucial role in Season 5, which featured the battle between the Sons of the Harpy and the Unsullied. This intense battle took place in both the basements and the streets of the city, as well as in the vestibule, which we will revisit later. The scene where Ser Barristan Selmy dies is also filmed at the entrance to the cellars.

It’s important to note that some parts of the cellars are accessible to all visitors, while others, like the place where the dragons were held, require an entrance fee (7€ for an adult at the time of writing).


As Seen in GoT: part of Meereen
Real-World Location: Vestibule, Split
Notable Scene(s): part of the fight scene between the Sons of the Harpy and the Unsullied
Entrance Fee: none
Best Time to Visit: Early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds
Visitor Tip: Make sure to wait for “klapa singing” inside the Vestubule
Accessibility: Always open just above the cellars, behind the Peristil square

In the previously mentioned battle between the Sons of the Harpy and the Unsullied, a circular hall also played a significant role. This hall is known as the Vestibule, characterized by its large cupola adorned with colorful, glittering mosaics. Built during Roman times, it served as a meeting hall for select audiences.

You can visit the Vestibule quite easily, and for a fee, you have the option to ascend to the top. From there, you can gaze down the the central opening in the cupola and also enjoy a splendid view of the city.

Rest of the city

Villa Dalmacija

As Seen in GoT: the pier in Dorne and the backdrop for Sunspear
Real-World Location: Villa Dalmacija, Split
Notable Scene(s): Myrcella’s farewell from Dorne
Entrance Fee: none
Accessibility: you are unable to visit the Villa as it is private.

Constructed in 1914 at the picturesque base of Marjan hill, ‘Villa Dalmacija’ stands as one of Croatia’s most exquisite villas. Boasting 41 elegantly designed rooms, this historic gem has witnessed a rich tapestry of events.

For Game of Thrones enthusiasts, this magnificent location drew particular interest from the production team. ‘Villa Dalmacija’ served as the backdrop for a memorable scene in the series. The moment when Myrcella receives her fateful kiss was masterfully filmed at the villa’s enchanting pier. Unfortunately, the villa is not accessible to the general public as it primarily hosts private events. However, kayaking enthusiasts exploring the Marjan area can catch a glimpse of the famous pier from the sparkling Adriatic waters.

House of Black and White

As Seen in GoT: entrance for the House of Black and White
Real-World Location: beach Dujilovo, Split
Notable Scene(s): Aria arrives at the House of Black and White
Entrance Fee: none
Best Time to Visit: any time
Visitor Tip: you can mostly just recognize the pier the rest was made with props and CGI
Accessibility: 30 minutes walk from the center by the seaside

If you take a leisurely walk along the seaside in Split, you’ll eventually reach Dujilovo Beach. Right at the foot of the old Hotel Zagreb, there’s an abandoned building by the beach that served as the entrance to the House of Black and White. While the transformation may not be immediately obvious upon arrival, a combination of props and CGI was cleverly employed to create the mystical ambiance.

Outside Split


As Seen in GoT: Braavos
Real-World Location: Kaštilac fort, Kaštel Gomilica.
Notable Scene(s): Aria on the rowboat arriving to Braavos
Entrance Fee: none
Best Time to Visit: any time
Visitor Tip: nice seaside walk, the biblical garden Stomorija is also close by car
Accessibility: 20-minute drive from Split

When you arrive in Split by plane, you’ll find yourself near the charming town of Kaštela, which served as the inspiration for Braavos. This picturesque town, dating back to the 16th century, holds the key to some intriguing Game of Thrones connections. In the scene where Arya enters Braavos on a rowboat in Season 5, Episode 2, you can spot the impressive Kaštilac fortress located in Kaštel Gomilica. This fortress, originally built in 1529 as a Benedictine monastery, lends an air of authenticity to the Braavos setting.


As Seen in GoT: the backdrop of Qarth
Real-World Location: Trogir
Notable Scene(s): scenes in Qarth
Entrance Fee: none
Best Time to Visit: any time
Visitor Tip: make sure to explore the entire city since it is small and also visit Kamerlengo fortress
Accessibility: 30-minute drive from Split or a short boat ride

Upon your arrival at Split’s airport, should you choose to head in the opposite direction, a mere 5-minute journey will take you to the enchanting town of Trogir. If you were captivated by the small, winding streets of Braavos and the captivating backdrop reminiscent of Qarth, Trogir is a must-visit destination that’s just a stone’s throw away from Split.

Zrnovnica, Missandei’s Bathing Scene

As Seen in GoT: the river
Real-World Location: Anotničin mlin, Žrnovnica
Notable Scene: Missandei’s bathing scene
Entrance Fee: none
Best Time to Visit:
 on a sunny day
Visitor Tip: make sure to book a meal(peka is great) in “Antoničin mlin” a few days before
Accessibility:  15 minutes drive from Split

If you enjoy nature and want to change the scenery from the city to the beautiful river of Zrnovnica, don’t forget to visit the village of Zrnovnica near Split with the old mill nearby where a scene with Missandei taking a bath with her friends. It’s a location surrounded by beautiful lush green nature and fresh air.

Klis Fortress

As Seen in GoT: Meereen
Real-World Location: Klis Fortress
Notable Scene(s): Khaleesi interacting with residents and slaves
Entrance Fee: 10€ for adults
Best Time to Visit: Early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
Visitor Tip: enter the fortress for an amazing visit and a great view
Accessibility: Every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 20 minutes driving from Split.

Just a 20-minute drive from Split, the Klis Fortress stands as a testament to its rich history, dating back to Illyrian times. This medieval stronghold has witnessed numerous sieges throughout the centuries, making it the ideal backdrop for Meereen scenes, particularly in Season 6, Episode 1. In this episode, we see Daenerys Targaryen strolling amidst freed slaves on the streets of Klis Fortress.

Visiting the Klis Fortress is a memorable experience. Whether you’re a Game of Thrones enthusiast or a history buff, the entrance fee, which currently stands at 10€, is well worth the investment. Even beyond its connections to the show, the Klis Fortress offers a truly spectacular view. Perched strategically, it provides an awe-inspiring vantage point overlooking the entirety of Split and its surrounding archipelago. In fact, a friend of mine had the opportunity to work as one of the extras during the filming. He recounted that it was three days of intense filming, with early starts and long hours, capturing the grandeur of this historical location.

Itinerary For Game of Thrones Fans in Split, Croatia

I created an itinerary as a guide for 2 day stay in Split in order to visit all filming locations as well as experience Split’s life and history.

Day 1 – Exploring Game of Thrones Locations in Split


  • Start your day in Split by visiting the iconic Golden Gate, a location featured in Game of Thrones.
  • Follow Diocletian’s Street down to the City Museum where the scene “Kill the Masters” was filmed.
  • Proceed further south to the Peristil Square within Diocletian’s Palace. Explore this historical square and take in its magnificent architecture.
  • While in Peristil Square, visit St. Duje’s Cathedral. You can choose to climb up the cathedral’s tower for a stunning panoramic view of the city. Please note that access to the church may not always be available.
  • Descend to the Diocletian’s Cellars, where you can shop for souvenirs and discover more Game of Thrones filming locations. Before leaving, buy a ticket to explore the cellars.
  • Exit the cellars onto the famous Riva promenade where you can relax with a coffee at one of the charming cafes or enjoy a leisurely lunch.


  • (During the summer months, consider taking a break from the heat in the early afternoon.)
  • In the late afternoon, head to Klis Fortress for breathtaking views of Split and a fascinating exploration of the fortress.

Day 2 – Discovering More Game of Thrones Locations:


  • Start your second day with a visit to the picturesque town of Trogir. Spend your morning exploring the charming streets and historical sites.
  • Enjoy a delightful lunch in Trogir, savoring local cuisine.


  • On your way back to Split, make a stop in Kaštela. Explore the old town and the historical Kaštilac fortress.
  • In the afternoon, return to Split for a relaxing evening.

Getting Around Split and Beyond for Game of Thrones Adventures:

In Split, navigating the city and reaching Game of Thrones filming locations is a breeze, thanks to various transportation options available. Here’s a guide to help you explore the beautiful locales featured in the series.

Exploring Split:

  • Walking: The heart of Split, with its charming streets and landmarks, is easily accessible on foot. Most Game of Thrones filming locations are within walking distance from the city center, making it a delightful way to explore.
  • Local Buses: For convenient city transportation, consider using the local bus network. However, bear in mind that local buses make multiple stops, so it may take a bit longer to reach your destination.
  • Ride-sharing: Apps like Uber and Bolt are excellent options for getting around Split quickly and efficiently, especially if you prefer a comfortable ride.
  • Biking: The “next bike” app offers bike rental options for those who want to add a touch of adventure to their exploration.

Journeying to Game of Thrones Locations:

Trogir and Kaštela:

  • By Car: The most flexible way to visit Trogir is by renting a car or using ride-sharing services like Uber. You can set your own schedule and enjoy a comfortable ride to this picturesque town.
  • By Bus: While buses to Trogir are available, local buses might make more stops along the way, making the journey longer. For a quicker trip, consider intercity buses departing from the port, where the main bus terminal is located.
  • By Boat: Another charming option to reach Trogir is by boat. The famous Bura Line offers scenic boat rides from Split’s promenade to Trogir. To complete your adventure, you can return to Split by bus or taxi and make a stop in Kaštela, a delightful coastal town.

Klis and Žrnovnica:

  • By Car: To access Klis and Žrnovnica, renting a car or using a ride-sharing service is a convenient choice. This allows you to reach these scenic destinations with ease.
  • By Bus: There are bus routes connecting Split to Klis and Zrnovnica. While taking a local bus is an option, it may involve more stops and a longer journey. Opting for intercity buses from the main bus terminal is a quicker alternative.

Embark on your Game of Thrones-inspired journey through Split and its nearby destinations. Enjoy the convenience of multiple transportation options, ensuring you make the most of your adventures in this beautiful region. Safe travels!

Guided Tour or Independent Exploration – Which is Better for Game of Thrones Filming Locations?

Are you wondering whether to join a guided tour or explore the Game of Thrones filming locations on your own? Let’s weigh the options to help you make the right choice.

Guided Tours:

  • Enhanced Experience: Opting for a guided tour is undoubtedly the ideal way to acquaint yourself with the filming locations. A knowledgeable guide will lead you directly to the sites, regaling you with fascinating stories from the sets and intriguing facts.
  • Cost-Efficient: Consider the Game of Thrones tour in Split and Klis, which costs around 80 € per person. This tour often includes tickets to the cellars and Klis, which would amount to 17€ if purchased separately. Additionally, it offers the convenience of private transportation to Klis and back. Overall, it’s a well-rounded deal that covers your exploration and makes it hassle-free.

Independent Exploration:

  • City Walking Tour: Even if you decide to explore independently, consider taking a basic walking tour around the city. This experience can be just as enriching. You’ll have the opportunity to visit all the localities mentioned in the articles, mainly in the city center, with the exception of the cellars. Game of Thrones-specific tours are available through agencies like “Split Walking Tour.”
  • Immerse in History: Opting for a basic walking tour provides insights into the city’s history, which can significantly enhance your Game of Thrones adventure. Understanding the historical context of the locations adds depth to your experience.

After a city walking tour, you can venture to Klis and Trogir independently. The choice between a guided tour and solo exploration ultimately depends on your preferences and the level of detail you seek in your Game of Thrones adventure. Either way, you’re in for an unforgettable experience in the stunning settings of Split and its surroundings. Enjoy your journey through this epic world!

There are also scenes in Dubrovnik, such as the one where Sansa Stark talks to Littlefinger about her escape. We will be doing a separate article for Dubrovnik soon.

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