Game of Thrones craze has swept majority of people around the world and with the unique locations it’s being filmed, travelers are tempted to plan their next visit to those places. The fictional worlds of Westeros and Essos span many continents in real life across the globe—from mystical Northern Ireland to sultry Croatia.
Many scene for season six has been filmed in the monumental Girona Cathedral, which lies about an hour north of Barcelona for the Oldtown, Bravos location.
So is the stunning desert like landscape called Bardenas Reales, Navarre that appears in the first episode of sixth season. Likewise Alcazaba, Almeria, lying on the Spain’s southern coast has been used extensively for the kindgdom of Dorne.
The magnificent Alcázar de Sevilla is a wonderful spot to represent the Water Gardens of Dorne which has been transformed into private residence of Martell in the capital.
The former Muslim fort of Alcazar is celebrated for its Mudejar architecture, also provides the setting for the Water Palace of Sunspear in the seriese Overall Spain has number of exquisite locations which appears in season six.
For the third series, film crews headed to Morocco to film sequences in the fictional cities of Yunkai and Astapor.T wo locations were used in the North African country, Essaouira and Ait-Benhaddou, both of which are Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Ait-Benhaddou, a fortified mud-brick fortress city, is better known by Game of Thrones fans as Yunkai. Lying gloriouslyon a hill overlooking a desert, this place has been attracting both tourists and filmmakers since the 1960s serves as the fictional world of Essos. Similarly, Essaouira shines on the small screen during the sixth season of Game of Thrones and its red fortified wall makes the fictional Astapor so memorable on screen. The Atlas Corporation Studios in Ouarzazate is another GOT location which is the world’s largest film studios and a major tourist attraction.
Throughout the series, Iceland has represented the northern-most tip of Westeros, with show runners preferring the real-life landscape to scenes created through computer generated green screens.
Dimmuborgir ,a lava field with unusually-shaped rocks, is the place where ‘King Beyond the Wall’ Mance Rayder set up his camp. It is also a great place for hiking for travelers who want to enjoy the stunning landscape up to Hverfjall volcanic crater.
Another popular location is Vatnajökull that lies in the south-east of Iceland, which in the series is the mysterious land Beyond the Wall, home to mythical creatures. While the icy crater of the Hverfjall volcano has made several appearances, fans will also likely recognise Thingvellir National Park from Arya’s storyline and as the setting for the battle of the Hound and Brienne.
It’s hard to look at Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coast city and not see King’s Landing which has been entirely shot in Dubrovnik.
This old town is surrounded by thick stone walls and is located on a peninsula surrounded by a dramatic stone cliff. Like was, the Minceta Tower is possibly most recognized as the House of the Undying from the series two finale episode located along the above mentioned walls of Dubrovnik.
Also the highest point of the city, the Tower is notable for being the spot where Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen walked around and around before entering the House of the Undying. The medieval town of Sibenik is the perfect spot for Braavos, which is one of the Free Cities across the Narrow Sea. So is Ston, located in southern Croatia, famous for Walls and have featured as the fortifications surrounding the western part of the city.
5. Northern Ireland
The Corbet village, in Northern Ireland, represents Riverrun and the seat of House Tully, back to life – apparently with a Lannister camp outside. While the Castle Ward has been selected for the the courtyard that King Robert Baratheon and his court arrived at Winterfell that was featured heavily in season one and two, to fans of Game of Thrones, the beautiful pathway of The Dark Hedges of Armoy are recognizable as the Kings Road .
It was here that Arya escapes from the city disguised as a boy, with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and others destined for the Night’s Watch. Also noteworthy is the Ballintoy Harbour which is actually a tiny fishing village and famous for its harbour in Country Antrim, is the place fans will recognise from Theon’s homecoming. It is one of the most photogenic parts of the coast of Antrim. Likewise, The Larrybane area is a prime shooting location where King Renly sets camp and where Brienne of Tarth beats Ser Loras Tyrell in the tournament and the visitor can have their own adventure along the old fishermen’s route across the bridge and over the crashing surf.
And finally, no Game of Thrones themed trip around the world would be complete without a visit to this Mediterranean archipelago.Comprised of just three inhabited islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino – the historical republic is home to an impressive nine Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Among them, the historic stone city of Mdina, which provided the backdrop for King’s Landing during much of the pilot and series one episodes.
Azure Window is opulent 50-metre high limestone rock arch and located on Malta’s smaller sister island of Gozo, is a breathtaking sight, recognised by Game of Thrones fans as where Daenerys Targaryen wed Khal Drogo. Similarly, Fort Manoel which lies on Manoel Island in Marsamxett Harbour, is remembered forever as the Great Sept of Baelor, the place where King Joffrey executes Ned Stark after his confession, at the end of season one.