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Our top 10 photo spots in Dubrovnik

Famously beautiful, the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik was named "the pearl of the Adriatic" by Lord Byron. Not that we like to encourage the habit of travelling just to get that 'Gram, but if you're looking for a hit list of the most photogenic spots in town, read on...

1. Iron Throne on Lokrum

So cheesy, but if you're a Game of Thrones fan, you've got to pull your fiercest pose on the Iron Throne.

Tucked away in an exhibition centre on Lokrum Island, there are also several multi media displays and information boards about the filming that took place in and around Dubrovnik.

2. The Jesuit Stairs at The Church of St. Ignatius

This stunning sweeping Baroque staircase inspired by the Spanish Steps of Rome is gorgeous in its own right, and now has a cult following thanks to Game of Thrones - this is the staircase where Cersei began her walk of penance in season 5.

You'll find the stairs in Dubrovnik's Old Town, not far from the Cathedral.

Shame... shame...

3. Lokrum Island

If you're not not a GOT fan, this lush oasis has plenty of other photogenic spots to explore apart from the Iron Throne. Only about half a kilometre across the water from the bustling Old Town of Dubrovnik, Lokrum feels like another world. Head to the ancient landing point of Skalica for fantastic swimming with views back across to the red roofs of the city, climb up to the Napoleonic fort or wander with peacocks through the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery.

4. Franciscan Monastery

A hidden gem, the cool cloisters of this beautiful medieval Monastery are a welcome escape from the heat and crowds of the Main street.

One of the oldest pharmacies in Europe (there still is a working chemist onsite that you can buy from), you can visit a small museum of religious artefacts and pharmaceutical equipment and even see an old shell hole in the wall!

5. Sunset from Mt Srd

Take the cable car up to the top for gorgeous panoramic views of Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum.

The bright orange cabin against the blue sky with orange roofs below is pretty photogenic all by itself! In the evening, walk away from the city side, past the old Fort Imperial, and watch the sun set over the Elaphite islands. Take a bottle and a picnic -dreamy!

6. The Medieval city walls

Dubrovnik's most famous attraction, there are hundreds of amazing spots along here with great views of the roofs and church towers of the Old Town. It will take you between an hour and a half to two and a half hours to walk the whole route, depending on how many times you stop.

Be sure to come early, not just to dodge the crowds, but also the mid day heat can be unbearable on the exposed stone walkways.

7. West Harbour

Views of St Lawrence Fort, beautiful tropical blue water, and two intriguing doors in the rockface that look like something out of a fairytale - we half expected a Hobbit to come walking out!

Game of Thrones fans might recognise this harbour as the location of Blackwater Bay.

8. Banje Beach

Dubrovnik's most popular beach, just a short walk from the Old Town.

Stop at the top of the steps down to take a sweeping photo of the beach with the red roofs and church towers of Dubrovnik Old Town in the background.

9. Ploče Gate

Usually quieter than the Pile Gate, the main entrance to the City, Ploče Gate leads to a stone bridge.

The views over the Old Harbour to St John's Fort gives us some serious Pirates of the Caribbean vibes... Anyone else?

10. Café Buza

Once you have visited the Jesuit Church at the top of the stairs, walk left out of the square and follow the narrow street along the bottom of the walls until you reach a doorway leading out onto the cliff. Here you will find a stunning bar with white parasol-ed tables virtually hanging over the blue sea.

Once you've enjoyed a drink here (be warned, prices are nearly as gasp enducing as the views...) head down a flight of steps to the secret swimming spot at the bottom - plunge into the cobalt blue Adriatic waters before hauling out on the big flat rocks and basking like a lizard.

David in lizard mode


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