Historic sites in Croatia

It is little wonder that there’s such an interesting selection of Historic Sites in Croatia. After all, inhabited since prehistoric times, Croatia has the marks of several civilisations, including the Greeks and Romans, and has a fascinating pre- and post-war history. If you’re looking to discover Historic Sites in Croatia and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

You can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection and, once you’ve explored the Historic Sites in Croatia you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is always growing, but we might not cover them all. So, if you know of other Historic Sites in Croatia, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

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Bokar Fortress

Bokar Fortress is a stunning example of harmonious and functional fortification architecture and was built in the 1460s to defend the western entrance to the city of Dubrovnik. It also happens to be one of the most famous Game of Thrones filming locations.

Designed and mostly built during the 1460s by Michelozzo di Bartololmeo, an Italian architect considered to be one of the great Renaissance pioneers, Bokar Fortress is one of the world’s finest examples of ‘harmonious and functional fortification architecture’ and was built to defend the western entrance to the city of... Read More

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Diocletian’s Palace

One of the more unusual yet intriguing historic sites in Croatia, this palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian actually evolved into a whole town.

Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia is remarkable in that this Ancient Roman emperor’s home evolved over the years to become an entire town, known as Split. Diocletian was a Dalmatian-born soldier who reigned as emperor from November 248 AD to May 305 AD. He is considered a great reformer, having restructured the... Read More

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Dubrovnik

Many of the top historic sites in Croatia are located in Dubrovnik, a stunning city which is also a World Heritage site.

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Dalmatian coast understandably known as the 'Pearl of the Adriatic'. While many historical sources date its establishment to the seventh or even fifth century, Dubrovnik or its ‘old city’, which is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site, became a powerful merchant town in... Read More

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Dubrovnik Cathedral

Completed in 1713, Dubrovnik Cathedral is one of many picturesque historic sites in Croatia.

Dubrovnik Cathedral, which is officially known as the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is one in a long line of cathedrals built on the current site since the seventh century. The current Baroque-style Dubrovnik Cathedral was completed in 1713, the previous one having been destroyed in an earthquake... Read More

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Dubrovnik City Walls

Considered some of the best preserved medieval fortifications in the world, the Dubrovnik City Walls are also among the most famous historical sites in Croatia.

The Dubrovnik City Walls are this city’s most iconic site and represent some of the best preserved medieval fortifications in the world. Completely surrounding the city by the thirteenth century, the Dubrovnik City Walls continued to be strengthened and improved up to the sixteenth century. This included fifteenth century additions... Read More

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Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery

The Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery is a large complex built from 1317. It is one of a myriad of medieval historic attractions in Croatia.

The Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery is a large complex built from 1317. Originally located outside the city’s medieval walls, the Dubrovnik Franciscan Monastery was moved to its current location at that time due to the threat of war. Sadly, a series of natural disasters and wars have meant that little is left... Read More

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Dubrovnik Synagogue

Dubrovnik Synagogue is the world’s oldest surviving Sephardic synagogue. It is one of the many impressive holy historical sites in Croatia.

Dubrovnik Synagogue was formally founded in 1408 (although some say it was first established in the fourteenth century). It is the longest surviving Sephardic synagogue and now acts as both a place of worship and as a museum. It is also said to be the world’s second oldest synagogue.... Read More

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Fort Lovrijenac

One of the many defensive historic sites of Croatia and one of several in Dubrovnik, Fort Lovrijenac is a stunning and imposing cliff-top fort.

Fort Lovrijenac is a stunning and imposing cliff-top fort located just outside Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls. One of Dubrovnik’s most impressive structures, it guards the western entrance to the city from the Adriatic Sea. Legend has it that Fort Lovrijenac was built on a 37m high cliff in in merely three months in... Read More

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Kastel Gomilica

One of the seven castle settlements developed around the town of Kastela, a beautiful 20km stretch of the Dalmatian coast between Trogir and Split, Kaštel Gomilica is best known as the Game of Thrones filming location of Braavos, the most powerful and richest of the Free Cities.

Kaštel Gomilica is one of seven castle settlements built in the 15th and 16th centuries to protect a 20km stretch of stunning Dalmatian coast and the town of Kaštela from the threat of Ottoman invasion. It worked. The Turks never got this far and the castles remain there today for... Read More

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Klis Fortress

Starting life as a small stronghold, Klis Fortress has sat high above the village of the same name for over two millennia defending Dalmatia from various invading armies. It’s also a key Games of Thrones filming location, doubling as the city of Meeren in series four.

Straddling the Mosor and Kozjuk mountains high above the city of Split and the Adriatic Sea, Klis Fortress started life as a small stronghold built by the Dalmatae, one of the Illyrian tribes in the second century BC. Over the next 2,000 years, it has been the seat of many of... Read More

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Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island sits 600 metres into the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Dubrovnik. A fifteen-minute ferry ride gets you to the 4.6 square kilometre uninhabited nature reserve which contains the ruins of the former Benedictine monastery among other remains. For Game of Thrones fans, it was the location where Daenerys enters Qarth after being granted access by Xaro Xhoan Daxos.

Lokrum Island is a stunning and uninhabited nature reserve 600 metres from Dubrovnik’s historic harbour out in the Adriatic Sea which contains the ruins of a former Benedictine monastery  among other remains.  The name Lokrum comes from the Latin ‘acrumen’ meaning ‘sour fruit’, a reference to the oranges and lemons that still... Read More

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Minceta Tower

Built in the early 1460s at the height of the Turkish threat, the Minceta Tower is a huge round fort dominating the north-western section of the city and became the symbol of 'the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik.'

Built in the early 1460s at the height of the Turkish threat, the Minceta Tower is a huge round fort dominating the north-western section of the city and became the symbol of 'the unconquerable city of Dubrovnik.' The Minceta Tower is as recognisable an icon of Dubrovnik as the Eiffel Tower... Read More

Pula Arena

This dramatic first century AD amphitheatre is a great example of the selection of Roman historic sites in Croatia.

Pula Arena, also known as Pula Amphitheatre, is a dramatic historic Roman amphitheatre in Croatia. Built in the first century AD, Pula Arena was constructed during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian, who was also responsible for founding the Colosseum. Able to accommodate approximately 20,000 spectators, Pula Arena would have played... Read More

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Salona

Salona is an impressive Roman site which bears the remains of this once great ancient capital and believed birthplace of Diocletian.

Salona, or Solin, was an administrative hub of Ancient Rome, the capital of Dalmatia and is believed to have been the birthplace of the Emperor Diocletian, under whom it flourished. An important city, Salona is well preserved and well signed. Access is along the top of the defensive wall giving... Read More

St John Fort - Dubrovnik

The St John Fort in Dubrovnik is one of this city’s impressive medieval defences and on the list of impressive historic places in Croatia.

The St John Fort (Sveti Ivan) in Dubrovnik is one of this city’s impressive medieval defences, with towers dating back to the fourteenth century and its main structure to the sixteenth century. Today, the St John Fort contains the city’s maritime museum.... Read More

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St. Dominika Street

St Dominika Street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a cobbled street within the Croatian city’s famous medieval walls, is the mythical setting of King’s Landing and is the route the shorn Cersei Lannister walked naked as penance.

St Dominika Street in Dubrovnik’s Old Town is a famous cobbled street within the Croatian city’s impressive medieval walls. If you are walking through St Dominika Street, it’s worth visiting the Dominican monastery and museum close to the Ploče Gate. Subsumed by the city walls in the 14th century, it’s a... Read More

Stari Grad Plain

The Stari Grad Plain is not just a great example of ancient Greek historic sites in Croatia, but of the typical agricultural practices used at this point in history.

The Stari Grad Plain is a prime example of ancient Greek agricultural practices and organisation dating back to the Greek colony of Pharos. Inhabited by Ionian Greeks in the 4th century BC, the Stari Grad Plain became an important farming landscape, where mainly grapes and olives were grown. Remarkably, the... Read More

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Stradun

Stradun is Dubrovnik's most famous thoroughfare, stretching just 300 metres between the East gate – Ploce (Vrata od Ploca) – and the west gate – Pile (Vrata od Pila), and is best known to Game of Thrones fans as the street where Cersei Lannister takes her walk of penance.

Stradun is Dubrovnik’s most famous thoroughfare, stretching just 300 metres between the East gate – Ploče (Vrata od Ploča) – and the west gate – Pile (Vrata od Pila). ‘Placa’ is translated from Greek and Latin ‘platea’ as ‘street’ and ‘Stradun’ is a Venetian sobriquet for ‘big street’ but it’s not... Read More

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Trogir

Trogir is a small island town just to the west of Split renowned for its fortified walls and stunning Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. It appears in Game of Thrones as Qarth, 'the greatest city that ever was or will be'.

Seventeen miles west of Split on the Adriatic Coast lay the historic Croatian harbour town of Trogir, renowned for its fortified walls and stunning Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Trogir was founded by Greeks in the third century BC as Tragurion (‘tragos’ is Greek for ‘male goat’) and boasts 2,300 years... Read More

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Walls of Ston

Relatively unknown yet the longest complete fortress system in Europe, the Walls of Ston on the Peljesac Peninsula in Croatia are a series of defensive stone walls that protected the city of Ston. They featured as King's Landing's fortifications in Game of Thrones.

The Walls of Ston are the longest complete fortress system in Europe (and second in the world behind the Great Wall of China) and they are known colloquially as ‘The Great Wall of Croatia. The isolated wall system on the Peljesac Peninsula connects Ston with the neighbouring town of Mali (‘little’)... Read More

Zadar Roman Forum

Zadar Roman Forum dates back as far as the 1st century BC and is an excellent example of its kind.

Zadar Roman Forum was built between the 1st century BC and the 3rd century AD and would have been the centre of everyday life in Roman Zadar. An excellent example of its kind, the Zadar Roman Forum is still home to several monuments as well as being found at in... Read More