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Klis Fortress: Meereen in Split

Tucked away in the mountains and about a 25 minute drive from the center of Split, sits a ancient fortress which served as the backdrop for one of TV’s most popular shows: Game of Thrones. 

 

Me and my husband visited the fortress before noon on a warm March day.

We took the highway from Split into the town of Solin and then up a winding road into the small village of Klis. 

Lining the cragged road are a series of tiny, rustic homes and fast food stands with the smell of grilled meats emanating from their smoke stacks. 

We followed the signs for the Klis Fortress. We entered a quaint town and then drove immediately into a semi empty parking lot at the bottom of the fortress. 

Luckily, there were no large tour buses or caravans in sight, so it meant we had a good chance of having the place to ourselves. 

What a relief! 

But first, let's take a look at this view

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I know of a few places where you can get beautiful panoramic views of the city, this is one them. On a clear day, you can get a stunning view of the surrounding mountains, countryside and of the sea on the horizon. 

The view is reason enough to make the trek up the numerous steps from the parking lot into the walled fortress. 

 

 

 

Entrance was about 40 Croatian Kuna, equivalent to 6 USD or 5 Euro, for two adults.

The place is much smaller than what you’re used to seeing on the show, so using your imagination is necessary. I think we spent around two hours walking the grounds, peeking into the hidden pockets in the fortress and exploring the two exhibits on site.

Overall, it was a great little excursion to take if you have a car and are looking to explore places outside of Split, and probably most of all if you’re a Game of Thrones fan.

Many locations in Croatia have served as the backdrop for several seasons of the popular HBO fantasy drama. 

Dubrovnik, located in southern Croatia, served as Kings Landing on the show, while locations in Split helped transport people to Meereen, represented in season 3 through season 6. 

Seeing as the eighth and final season is approaching, and I’m a huge fan, I was very excited to return to Split and check out a new film spot featured on the show. 

On my last trip to Split, I traveled down below Diocletian’s Palace in Split’s old town center to see areas used to represent Meereen. 

Read about my Split highlights and what scenes were filmed in the old town. 

I imagine as the season draws to a close and spring/ summer holidays ramp up, these areas will get more and more busy with eager tourists wanting to photograph their own Mother of Dragons moment.

If you’ve got some time while in Split, check out Klis Fortress.  

Here are some tips. 

  • COME EARLY. The fortress itself opens at 9 a.m. So I suggest arriving early to avoid the crowds and get that perfect, unobstructed photo.
  • LEAVE UNCOMFORTABLE SHOES AT HOME. There's lots of steps and loose rocks riddled everywhere. Save yourself the pain and wear sneakers or trekking shoes.
  • HAVE LOCAL CURRENCY. Go to an ATM in town and pull out some Croatia Kuna. The entrance fee is small so they may not accept that credit/ debit card.
  • BRING YOUR CURIOSITY. There are two areas of the fortress which serve as museums. One is interactive and the other static, both are interesting and worth your time to learn about the history of the fortress.

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