In recent years many studios and filmmakers have begun to recognise Croatia and its beautiful cities and towns as ideal filming locations.
Here are five examples of popular films and TV shows you may not have known were shot in Croatia:
As the popularity of the cult classic BBC production Doctor Who began to rise in the late 2000’s the production team and management saw an opportunity for increased production value and international appeal.
They began expanding the production, taking advantage of some of the wonderful locations the world has to offer outside the UK. One of which was Croatia.
In 2009 the titular Timelord and his companion were spotted in Trogir filming scenes for the season five episodes ‘The Vampires of Venice’ and ‘Vincent and the Doctor’ the latter of which is considered to be one of the best episodes of the modern Doctor Who era.
Back when Meryl Streep was still in the formative years of becoming a Hollywood great she starred in the heart wrenching World War II drama Sophie’s Choice.
Streep plays Sophie, a Polish immigrant living in America struggling to balance her life with horrific memories of her time in Auschwitz, the most infamous of all Nazi concentration camps.
Streep’s wartime flashback scenes were actually filmed at a Croatian studio in Eastern Zagreb.
She would go on to win her second Academy Award for the now iconic performance.
Mamma Mia 2
Streep just can’t get enough of Croatia, can she?
Even with the initial success of the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! back in 2008 few people were expecting to see a sequel.
But last year the second instalment of the Abba inspired musical hit cinemas and outperformed the original in terms of box office success.
While Greece served as the main shooting location the first-time round, production for the sequel actually took place on the Croatian island of Vis, a popular tourist destination.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away a little known sci-fi movie called Star Wars became a cinematic and cultural phenomenon.
Now, forty years later, we are closing in on the end of a brand new Star Wars chapter.
Last time out in episode VIII: The Last Jedi, the filmmakers chose to use the popular Croatian city of Dubrovnik as a backdrop for the fictional planet Canto Bight.
The planet can best be described as the Monte Carlo of the Star Wars universe; a place where the ultra-rich go to enjoy good food, plentiful drinks and high-stakes gambling.
Game of Thrones
Winter might be coming, but in Game of Thrones, the Croatian sets are always suitably sunny.
Since series three the beautiful city of Dubrovnik (again) has played host to the Game of Thrones cast and crew, continually being featured as the picturesque ancient city of King’s Landing; home to the villainous House Lannister.
Thanks to the wildly successful HBO series tourism in Dubrovnik has skyrocketed, leading to the mayor imposing a tourist limit last year.
Talk about popular!
With more and more productions looking to shoot in Croatia every year it looks like this is just the start of the country’s cinematic revolution