Croatia's 20 most beautiful places

Forget about "Game of Thrones." You can explore the fictional kingdoms of Westeros without sword fights and scheming. <!-- -->
</br>Much of the fantasy series, which returns to international TV screens this week, was filmed in Croatia.<!-- -->
</br>Thankfully the real Westeros is more accommodating to visitors -- and has considerably fewer dragons.<!-- -->
</br>Thanks to the <a href='http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Homepage' target='_blank'>Croation National Tourist Board</a> for help with this gallery. <!-- -->
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</br>by <strong>Laura Ma</strong>, for CNN<!-- -->
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</br><strong>Northern Velebit National Park (Nacionalni park Sjeverni Velebit), Lika - Karlovac</strong><!-- -->
</br>The Northern Velebit National Park covers 109 square kilometers of a larger mountain range that bends around the Adriatic coast. It has designated trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, and is also home to Croatia's deepest mountain cave. The Lukina jama plunges to a depth of more than 1,400 meters.<!-- -->
</br><i><a href='http://www.np-sjeverni-velebit.hr/' target='_blank'>Northern Velebit National Park</a></i><i>, Lika - Karlovac; +385 53 665 380; entry from $8 per person age 14+ </i>

Forget about "Game of Thrones." You can explore the fictional kingdoms of Westeros without sword fights and scheming.
Much of the fantasy series, which returns to international TV screens this week, was filmed in Croatia.
Thankfully the real Westeros is more accommodating to visitors -- and has considerably fewer dragons.
Thanks to the Croation National Tourist Board for help with this gallery.

by Laura Ma, for CNN

Northern Velebit National Park (Nacionalni park Sjeverni Velebit), Lika - Karlovac
The Northern Velebit National Park covers 109 square kilometers of a larger mountain range that bends around the Adriatic coast. It has designated trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, and is also home to Croatia's deepest mountain cave. The Lukina jama plunges to a depth of more than 1,400 meters.
Northern Velebit National Park, Lika - Karlovac; +385 53 665 380; entry from $8 per person age 14+