Klis fortress in Dalmatia Croatia sits above Split, nestled on top of the steep cliffs between the Mosor and Kozjak mountains, the Klis fortress was erected in the second century BC to thwart off attacks. The Croatian fortress was inspiration for the HBO Game of Thrones franchise. Tourists flock every year to see Split, Klis, Dubrovnik and other cities welcoming tourists who are fans of the HBO series. Come take a look at some of the history of this incredible attraction.
Thanks to its unique location and the surrounding cliffs, Klis fortress provided the local tribes with the chance to observe all trails in the area. Later on, when the Croats took over the area this fortress became a sovereign state and served as a royal castle. Throughout the years, though, Klis fortress prevented attacks from Avars, Slavs and Turks until March 1537 when the Ottomans took over for 111 years.
The word Klis translates as “key” from Greek, so it should come as no surprise to you why the fortress is often referred to as the key to Dalmatia. It is not just the name, though, but also the strategic location for trading, commercial and military purposes, which made Klis Fortress so important and fought for through the years.
The current appearance of the fortress dates back to the years when the Venetians liberated the area. July is among the most special months to visit Klis Fortress, as every year the re-creation of the battle against the Ottoman army is reenacted with more than 250 members.
Besides the truly spectacular views of the entire city of Split, Klis Fortress is a place to visit if you want to take a step back in time and learn more about the Croatian history and heritage. As you are taking a stroll down the fortifications, you will be plunging into ancient years of more than 2000 years of history.
Besides the fortress, though, visitors should definitely plan to stop by the museum. With an interpretation center where stories are shown in 3D, it is a great choice for the entire family.
Working from 9AM until 7PM, visitors will have plenty of time to explore both the inside and outside of the fortress and learn interesting, never told stories and legends for Klis. The ticket prices are 60 KN (around 8€) for adults and 30 KN (around 4€) for children. Not only does the ticket include access to the fortress, but also admission to the interpretation center and the ethno village Family Estate, Stella Croatica. To make the most of your trip, do not forget to enjoy authentic cuisine surrounded by fig, olive trees and vineyards. You will find a wide range of selection of olive oil, wine and traditional delicacies, which will make your visit to Klis Fortress extra special and memorable!
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, adding Klis Fortress to your travel itinerary when in Croatia, is a must-do. The series was inspired by the consistent game of thrones occurring within these fortification walls for centuries of seizing Klis Fortress. The television network HBO recognized the potential for a show based on the area. As one of the most important filming locations of Game of Thrones, you should definitely plan visiting and admiring this inspiring medieval tourist attraction in Croatia!
I bet that Klis fortress has already provoked your interest and you have included it in your travel itinerary when visiting Croatia. Now the question might come as, how to get to Klis Fortress. The best part is that regardless if you are planning on renting a car or counting on the public transportation system, you can easily reach the fortifications. Just 15 km away from Split, visitors can choose between driving, which would only take about 20 minutes. Another option is taking bus 22 if you are planning a weekend visit to the fortress. Take the bus from the stop in front of the Croatian National Theatre and enjoy the scenic journey. If you have decided to skip the crowds and you would like to visit during the more quiet and peaceful week days, you can choose between buses 34, 35 and 36. Starting point for each one of them is the stop at the central bus station at Sukoišanska street, whereas the final destination is the small Caffe Bar Oprah, which is just a short walk away from Klis Fortress. Getting a taxi is not advisable as it would be a lot more expensive than getting the bus and it would still take about the same time.
Overlooking the city of Split, Klis Fortress is among the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. You will get the chance to immerse yourself into the 2000 years of history and admire the spectacular scenery. Are you ready to pack your bags and head to Klis Fortress?
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