Travel destinations for Game of Thrones fans
Spanish castles, frozen plains of Iceland, Moroccan desert, steep cliffs of Ireland ... The shooting of Game of Thrones has been made in many different destinations. Discover these emblematic places where some scenes of the famous TV show have been shot!
Northern Ireland for Winterfell
Northern Ireland, with its overcast skies and heavy rains most of the year, was the perfect destination for replicating Winterfell and the North. To walk in the footsteps of the Stark family, go to Downpatrick, to discover Ward Castle, 1 hour south of Belfast, which was used to shoot the first scenes in the family estate.
Do not miss either Baloney's Dark Hedges, a large, tree-lined driveway with its particular shapes, whose leaves play with amazing light and shade. It was the setting for the Royal Road, one of the main routes of Westeros, borrowed by many characters throughout the Tv show. It is also one of the most photographed places in the country.
Croatia for King’s Landing
First filmed in Malta in the first season, the scenes of King’s Landing are then shot in Croatia for the following seasons, including in Dubrovnik. This coastal town in the south of the country served as a backdrop to the Lannister estate.
Surrounded by ramparts and located by the sea, Dubrovnik is home to famous sites that you could see in the series and have been the scene of many intrigues.
The sea was the scene of the battle of Nera ; the Red Keep of the series is actually Fort Lovrijenac. As for the garden of King’s Landing, it is actually the Botanical Garden of Trsteno, about twenty kilometers north of the city.
As for the mythical scene of Cersei's penance, it was shot on Dubrovnik's main avenue : Stradun Avenue, between Dubrovnik Cathedral and Sponza Palace, which was home to nearly 500 extras for the occasion.
Sevilla for the Dorne Palace
With its tiled courtyards and verdant gardens, the Real Alcazar, Sevilla's famous royal palace, was the ideal location to represent the palace of Dorne in Season 5 of the series. Dating back to 913, this Moorish fortress is the oldest European palace still in use. This is where the scene where Jaime and Bronn tries to make Myrcella escape.
Cordoba for Highgarden
Spain has also been used to shoot many other scenes in the series, such as those of Highgarden. The castle of the house Tyrell was set in the Castillo Almodovar del Rio. It is discovered during the seat of Highgarden by Jaime Lannister. Former Roman fort, this castle was conquered by the Moors in 760. This is a splendid monument that is worth the detour, and from which you can admire the river Guadalquivir below.
Peñiscola for Meereen
Also in Spain, the port city Peñiscola, in Castellon, located on the rocky coast of the Mediterranean, was the scenery set of Meereen and the Dragon Bay. You can admire the stone castle built by the Order of the Temple in 1294.
Iceland for snowy plains beyond the Wall
As for the vast snowy stretches spanned by Jon Snow and the Wildings, they are located in Iceland. The black sand beaches of Vik that can be seen in season 7, but also Höfðabrekkuheiði, the Myrdalsjokull and Vatnajökull glaciers which represent the largest ice cap in Europe, are among the filming locations. Lake Myvatn, covered with lava formations and Skaftafell National Park, were also used as scenery for the scenes beyond the Wall. The climatic conditions were therefore real and the landscapes totally natural.
Morocco for Yunkaï and Astapor
Ait Benhaddou is a Moroccan city located near Ourzazate. It was the setting for the shooting of the city of slaves Yunkaï, that Daenerys Targaryen will set free. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also hosted other films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. The city was also used to shoot some scenes of King’s Landing at the beginning of the tv show.
More to the west of the country, there is the city of Essaouira, which served as a framework to represent Astapor, the red city, in Game of Thrones. There you will discover the Plaza de Orgueil and the castle of the slave masters. The city, very touristic, offers many visits of historical monuments, and breathtaking views of the sea.