Located 17 miles along the coast from Trogir, Split is Croatia’s second city. It’s also the biggest and most influential city on the Adriatic Coast and has the history and heritage to prove it. Regarded as the gateway to the islands of Dalmatia, Split is home to Croatia’s busiest port with ships and ferries departing regularly for destinations including Hvar, Brač, Vis, Korčula, and even Ancona on Italy’s eastern shores.
Split’s remarkable heritage is centred around Diocletian’s Palace, an ancient Roman monument that’s embedded in the history and architecture of the city. It’s here, amid the columns, pillars and porticos, where many scenes from the Game of Thrones were filmed. Daenerys used the location to train her dragons, and it later became her seat of power after taking control of the slaver cities of Astapor, Yunkai, and Meereen.
Elsewhere around Split, other Game of Thrones filming locations in Croatia are easy to spot for keen-eyed fans – from the impressive Fortress of Klis, which is also closely linked to Daenerys and Meereen, to the historic town of Žrnovnica, backdrop to one of Season 4’s great battle sequences where the slaves of the Great Masters abandon their former rulers in favour of Daenerys.