Lokrum is a small island and nature reserve that we will visit on Saturday morning. The island is covered in lush vegetation with a number of interesting plant species, including some imported tropical varieties.

Austrian archduke (and short-lived Emperor of Mexico) Maximilian once had a holiday home on the island. A monastery and a botanical garden survive from his era. On the island’s highest point stands Fort Royal Castle, which was built by the French during Napoleon’s occupation of Croatia, though it was later named “Maximilian’s Tower” by the Austrians. Last but not least, Lokrum is also famous as one of the filming locations of the epic Game of Thrones TV series.