Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik and the Game of Thrones – best friends forever

If you have ever been to Dubrovnik then it will be clear why Game of Thrones loves the city. The two are inseparable, a match made in heaven. Six years ago when the producers at HBO decided to film a historical fantasy series you would have been forgiven in thinking that they always had Dubrovnik on their minds. The truth was that they had never been to the city; Dubrovnik was not ever at the back of their minds. But a twist of fate, could well have been destiny brought the Game of Thrones cast and crew here.

“As soon as I walked through the city gates I thought I was walking into a dream, is was as if I had entered a living breathing scene from the series,” said one of the producers of the show to us on a visit here. He isn’t wrong. From that day, five seasons ago, Dubrovnik has been the capital of the seven kingdoms, Kings Landing. It has also been the capital of the world for the millions of fans of the popular series. Little did we know all those seasons ago what the Game of Thrones effect would be, we are truly best friends forever.

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Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) – a scene from GOT filming in Dubrovnik

“Where did they film Game of Thrones,” if I had a Euro for every time I had been asked that question we would be sailing off into the sunset on a mega yacht. There are around twelve locations in and around the city, from the island of Lokrum, the Trsteno Arboretum and the historic walls themselves. Pick up a “GOT” map at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and follow your nose. Yes, lots of computer generated graphics were used but the scenes where the Lannister family did their deeds are easily recognizable. These walls haven’t changed their look for hundreds of years; with a map you’ll soon be able to relive the action scenes in your imagination. There are many, many Game of Thrones tours in the city, some great, some a rip-off, but with a good map and an imagination you can pretty much do it all yourself.

Filming of a scene of Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik

Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister during filming of GOT in Dubrovnik

But if you are looking for the inside scoop then why not visit the city when they are actually filming the series. There is a chance of seeing Tyrion Lannister up close and personal. The cast and crew normally make their way to our city on the Adriatic at the end of summer, September and October are popular months for filming, so keep your ear to the ground and your eye online and you find the dates. After all when the Game of Thrones comes to town it is hard to keep it a secret.

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“The Greatest City that Ever Was or Will Be!”

Lindjo folklore ensemble

Dance to the rhythm of Dubrovnik

With the cry into the night air, the first tunes from the Lijerica, the twist and twirl of the colourful dancers, this is Lindjo.

One of the absolute points on your “must do” list whilst in Dubrovnik is to attend a performance by the folklore ensemble Lindjo. With over fifty years of tradition the Lindjo ensemble is one of the columns of culture on which Dubrovnik is founded.

An explosion of song and dance and the Lindjo begins. The energy is overflowing, the passion incredible and the moves enthralling. The Lijerica plucks away its monotonous tone, the dance leader cries instructions to the circle of dancers, the harmony is outstanding.

Formed in 1965 the Lindjo dance ensemble performs traditional songs and dances from the Dubrovnik region. It is like watching history come to life. Dances passed down from generations, costumes created over hundreds of years and lyrics aimed to shock and amuse. History and traditions respected in a single dance.

The audience around me fall into silence, a silent awe, as the young dancers perform…”they are really unbelievable and so nice to see so many young people dancing,” I hear the English couple next to me.

Traditional dance of Dubrovnik

Dance to the rhythm​ of Dubrovnik

Through the summer months the Lindjo dancers are kept very busy. Apart from performing in the Dubrovnik Summer Festival they also dance three times a week in the Lazaretto complex. They also take this little piece of Dubrovnik on tour all over the world, great ambassadors for the city. They are accompanied by the traditional instrument, the Lijerica, a pear-shaped, three-stringed instrument which is played with a bow. It might look easy to get a tune from, but believe me it isn’t, far from it.

“And I can, thank God, raise my leg high in the air,” echoes out in the Dubrovnik evening sky, the dance leader has a firm grip on his troupe, his booming lyrics continue unabated.

In times when the authenticity of many world destinations is under question the Lindjo performers are without doubt as authentic as the City Walls themselves. To understand the society, the culture and the very spirit of Dubrovnik, the city that you have chosen to holiday in an evening with the Lindjo Folklore Ensemble is an evening that will create memories for a lifetime. This is the soul, the heartbeat of the city in a dance.

The crescendo of applause as the whole ensemble takes a bow is deafening, cries of “bravo” ring around, once again Lindjo has found a new group of fans.

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Easter in Dubrovnik – values that live on

“No, don’t break it…it’s beautiful,” I gasped in amazement at the scene in front of me. Easter in Dubrovnik is a time of traditions, a time of family and a time of fresh beginnings. It feels like a new chapter, a page has been turned, and yet the culture of the past is respected. Value is the key word. It is also a great time to visit Dubrovnik; it really feels like you are at the start of something special.

Easter isn’t really just a day, although Easter Sunday is the height of the celebrations, there is a week of events to experience. Which is how I came to be feeling sorry for an egg? One of the many traditions of Easter in Dubrovnik is painted eggs. Now I am not talking about whitewashed eggs in one colour, no far from it, these are tiny masterpieces. Incredibly decorated eggs with pictures, scenes and even messages displayed on them, pure miniature works of art.

Children at school, grandparents at home and even companies produce their own hand-decorated eggs. Some carry messages like, “Bless you this Easter,” and all of them are glorious. After so much time and effort has been put into painting them they are broken, egg on egg in a kind of conker competition. However if you are lucky enough to be in Dubrovnik for the Easter period then it is your job to save a few, what a perfect and unique souvenir. I have a few tucked away.

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Easter atmosphere at Boutique Hotel Kazbek

You have to try some of the delicacies at Easter time, such as the special cake that is made, Pinca, we love it. And don’t be surprised if you see palm decorations everywhere, on Palm Sunday it is traditional to take plaited palm leaves to church. But it isn’t only in church that you’ll see these plaited palm leaves, every home and shop will proudly have palm decorations on show.

Often tourists will ask about the special celebrations and traditions in Dubrovnik for Easter, they are fascinated that these customs are still alive and kicking. The idea of just giving out chocolate Easter eggs still hasn’t invaded Dubrovnik’s culture. And as the weather breaks, the sun stays longer in the blue sky and the nature can almost be heard awakening it is truly an inspirational time to visit Dubrovnik.

Discover the beauties and the values that make Dubrovnik a unique city to be in, and these very values are highlighted the most at Easter time. Make your own Easter memories in Dubrovnik…and save a few eggs as a memento.

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Discover the beauties and the values that make Dubrovnik a unique city to be in

Dubrovnik sunrise

Make 2016 your year – write your Dubrovnik story

The new year is here, seems to come around at the same time every year. Dubrovnik is calm and peaceful at this time of the year. The harsh winter that has embraced most of the rest of Europe has avoided, once again, Dubrovnik. Winter time in Dubrovnik, if you can call this mild weather winter, is a time for reflection, a time for new beginnings. With the start of the new year comes optimism, we have 360 empty pages of our life in front of us. Fill them; fill every minute of every day. Travel as much as possible, make memories, meet new people and dive into new experiences.

So what can we expect from a fresh summer in Dubrovnik this year? Already the international media is falling over itself to heap praise on Dubrovnik. Reports in publications, such as the New York Times and Condé Nast Traveller, have positioned Dubrovnik on their lists of places to visit in 2016. With all this publicity the region is certainly to be near the top on the lists of many world travellers this year. We can expect another great summer.

There will be events, concerts, drama and ballet…and that is just in the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. The number of festivals in Dubrovnik, a city of culture, is growing year on year and we will welcome back many “old friends” this year. Why not jump on a flight and spend a weekend in Dubrovnik whilst a festival is on…you won’t regret it. And with more flights from more destinations expected to land at Dubrovnik Airport this year the opportunities are endless. Fly in on a Friday afternoon, spend a weekend in the Mediterranean sunshine and catch a concert, then return on Monday ready for another working week. Fill some of those empty pages.

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Weekend in the sunshine

We will also be welcoming back our friends from HBO and the whole crew of the globally popular Game of Thrones series. Dubrovnik, which acts as King’s Landing in the serial, is forever bound to the Game of Thrones. And apart from bringing us yet more exposure it has also acted as a fuse paper for many other international production companies. Already, at the beginning of 2016, another film crew will shoot a Greek epic movie, “Alexandra,” in the city’s historic cobbled streets. You can be sure that others will follow.

Make 2016 the year that you fill the pages of your life with a trip to Dubrovnik. If you have already been then you are probably waiting to come back, if you’ve never been then…what are you waiting for.

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Aerial view of Dubrovnik

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Perfect vacation in Dubrovnik

Based on our local knowledge and experience, this is what we recommend as your perfect vacation in Dubrovnik. No matter if you are staying here a weekend or the entire week, all your days can be filled with great activities, visits to picturesque historical towns or amazing natural sites.

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After landing at Dubrovnik airport, you will enjoy less than 30 min scenic drive to Dubrovnik center.

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Make sure to book a window seat when flying to Dubrovnik

The afternoon activities will depend on the season, type of the accommodation and weather conditions, so you will probably enjoy one of the following activities: relaxation at your hotel or villa pool, maybe nearby beach or orientation tour of Dubrovnik Old City.

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Boutique Hotel Kazbek pool area

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Luxury Villa Franica pool

DAY 2

Morning: visit of UNESCO protected Dubrovnik Old City including 2 km long City Walls (or at least its southern part). If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you can join tours that will take you to the filming locations of this mega-popular TV show.

Afternoon: don’t miss a short boat ride to Lokrum island (small and quiet island with many beaches (mostly rocky), botanical garden, walking paths, restaurant…)

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Lokrum island

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Crystal clear sea on Lokrum island

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You will be welcomed by Peacocks on Lokrum island

As a highlight of the day, take a cable car from Dubrovnik Old City to the top of the Srd hill and enjoy breathtaking views of entire Dubrovnik region, Adriatic sea, Elafiti islands. The sunset from here is simply amazing.

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Elafite islands – a group of 13 islands and islets with small historical and picturesque villages, natural sites, beaches.

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Elafite islands activities

Mljet – definitely most beautiful Croatian National park and greenest island in the Adriatic. This is the place where you go to enjoy untouched nature and exceptional peacefulness.

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Islet with Benedictine monasery on Mljet lake

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Mljet lake

 

 

Korcula island and Peljesac peninsula – on the way to Korcula island which is believed to be a birthplace of Marco Polo, the drive will take you through the small town of Ston, a historical place town with 5km long city walls (second by longness in the World after China wall). This is also the place where top quality oysters are cultivated so don’t miss a chance to stop by at one of the restaurants for tasting. The drive continues then along the Peljesac peninsula, famous Croatian vineyard area so it is a must to visit some of the wineries and taste their great wines (particularly Dingac).

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Peljesac vineyards

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Oyster cutivation in Ston

Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – not even 2 hours of drive from Dubrovnik, this is the place where so many cultures and religions left their traces, but most visible ones are from the time of Ottoman empire. The symbol of this interesting town is UNESCO protected Old Bridge. This tour can be combined with the visit of Medjugorje, one of the most famous pilgrimage places in the Catholic world.

Montenegro – our neighbouring country situated not even one hour drive from Dubrovnik. you will be amazed by its historical beauties and incredible natural contrasts.

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DEPARTURE

If you are flying back from Dubrovnik airport, a visit to the small seaside town of Cavtat is a must. It is located in between the magic city of Dubrovnik on one side and beautiful Konavle on the other. There one can still feel the spirit of the past time and experience the centuries old tradition of our ancestors. It is also possible to arrange the boat transfer from Dubrovnik to Cavtat and then not more than 5 min car drive to Dubrovnik airport.

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Cavtat by night

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Cavtat

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Cavtat

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Who We Are?

Pervanovo is Swedish investment company operating in Dubrovnik region. It was founded in 2004 and is owned by the leading Swedish investment company Välinge Invest AB, owned by the Perván family. Välinge Invest is also a major shareholder of Välinge Innovation AB, a world leading research and development company in flooring technology with many licensees worldwide. For more information please visit the Välinge Innovation AB website.

Our policy is to maintain as much of the original building as possible whilst at the same time refurbishing to the highest possible standard and comfort levels. Once completed these objects are used in the tourist industry and offer some of the best available accommodations in Dubrovnik.

Current properties inside the group include:

Boutique Hotel Kazbek – A sophisticated boutique setting with only 12 superior and deluxe bedrooms and 1 suite, the Kazbek Hotel is a ‘home from home’ for many discerning Dubrovnik visitors looking for a high degree of privacy and modern facilities in a historical ambience.

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Pervanovo Apartments –  Sumptuousness and comfort combined would be the best way to describe the luxury Pervanovo Apartments. Located in the suburb of Lapad, our apartments are a mere ten minutes away from the historic Dubrovnik Old City. Eight luxury villas have a total of 18 newly constructed apartments designed to offer guests comfort and style. Our apartments are equipped to the highest standard and have all the mod cons to make your holiday perfect. Air-conditioning, DVD players, HD-TV’s, washing machines, WiFi Internet access and modern furniture are just some of the features of our Pervanovo luxury apartments.

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Celenga Apartments – The Celenga Apartments, Dubrovnik Old City are a perfect union of the past with the present. Sensitive restoration seamlessly blends with imaginative contemporary design to ensure the building retains its unique character. In order to make this experience memorable we have dedicated ourselves to designing modern and comfortable studios and apartments in Dubrovnik Old Town with a historic and educative touch. Whether you are looking for an overnight stay, short break, or annual family holiday, The Celenga Apartments will enable you to recharge your batteries, and nourish your body and soul. Offering period character with a contemporary twist, each of the apartments are individually designed and furnished. Different apartment sizes offer you different comfort levels. All our apartments and studios are fully equipped and ready to meet your every expectation… LCD TV sets with satellite programs, DVD, AC, all kitchen appliances you may require, large sized bathrooms with bathtubs. Common areas offer more space in lounge areas and there are also laundry facilities which might be useful for longer stays.

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SUNce Palace Apartments – set in the centre of Dubrovnik Old City and located just a few steps from famous Stradun street. It blends vibrant interior design and historical touch to provide unique accommodation in most central part of Dubrovnik. The Apartments SUNce Palace is a fantastic place for you to stay while visiting Dubrovnik. Apart from the location, which has you within easy walking distance of all the places of interest, the apartments itself are an ideal base from which to plan your daily activities, from cultural visits of Dubrovnik old town, to boat trips to the islands, day on the beach, visit to nearby regions and much more.

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Vila Riva Apartments – located a mere stone’s throw away from the crystal blue Adriatic Sea and in the very centre of Slano, a small town situated around 30 km from UNESCO’S protected Dubrovnik Old City. A total of 12 self-catering apartments and studios are set within a beautifully restored stone Dalmatian house and surrounded by the glorious Mediterranean countryside. Elegantly decorated, all in bright colours each of the apartments and studios are fully equipped to facilitate your every need and offer a homely and friendly atmosphere. These four-star apartments accommodating between 2 and 5 guests boast a contemporary design and modern conveniences and are perfect for couples, families or groups of friends who value independence.

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Villa Franica – Surrounded by ancient olive trees, impressive palms, thick laurel shrubs and citrus trees on the crystal clear Adriatic Sea lies the luxury Villa Franica. Seemingly a million miles away from the hustle and bustle the city and yet surprisingly close by, Villa Franica in Dubrovnik offers guests the perfect opportunity for a relaxed break. This meticulously renovated luxury villa presents exceptional comfort with a total of five fully climate controlled rooms located over three levels. Villa Franica is open all year round for guests and is the perfect destination for families or larger groups. Great care and attention has been given to the interior design of the villa and there is a true Mediterranean feel with light colours and tasteful furnishings. The whole villa is surrounded by an extensive and luscious garden with terraces areas of differing sizes and over differing levels that can be utilized in many ways. Breakfast in the morning on the main front terrace in the sun, lunch around the pool area or a party on the large back terrace, the choice is yours. The villa’s inviting swimming pool is ideal for keeping cool during Dubrovnik’s warm summer months and lies partly in the shade of soaring palm trees.

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Villa Tereza – Nestled away in the lush green Konavle countryside, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, lies the beautiful VILLA TEREZA. As you enter the villa through the impressive courtyard area it seems that Bme stopped centuries ago. Villa Tereza is a wonder of tradiBon and culture, a monument to a Bme when the aristocracy ruled the region, a Bme of nobility. Villa Tereza has a long and wealthy history. The villa was originally mentioned back in the second half of the 18th century. Although the history doesn’t start there, in the 15th century the charming chapel located in the villa’s gardens was constructed. It can be also be assumed, although the history books are vague, that the chapel was built by a noble family that once upon a 3me owned the villa. The only remaining evidence of the villas existence today is a land right to the property by the Caboga in 1891. Villa Tereza has stood proudly overlooking the rolling hills of Konavle for centuries.

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You will be in good hands

We are a team of hard-workers dedicated to ensure a positive guest experience.

All of us have been working in hospitality industry from the very beginning of our careers in top Dubrovnik and Croatian hotels, restaurants, travel agencies etc.

We believe our guests said it all through reviews on Tripadvisor so we are proudly invite you to take a look at the Tripadvisor pages of our properties:

Hotel Kazbek

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Celenga Apartments

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Pervanovo Apartments

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Villa Riva Apartments 

Villa Franica