Are You A Game Of Thrones Fan? See Where It Was Filmed In The World
A medieval fantasy epic full of kings, queens, knights, heroes and villains, Game of Thrones took the world by storm with its gory details and dramatic cliff-hangers. As a backdrop to scenes that leave us perched on the edge of our seats, some of the world’s most beautiful destinations make a starring appearance. Here’s a look at some of the spots you can visit, next time you’re on holidays.
Alcázar de Sevilla, Spain
The Alcazar of Seville is a royal palace of astounding beauty and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Game of Thrones, it represented the Water Palaces of Dorne. Using the ornate interior and lush, palace gardens, it was transformed into the private residence of the House Martell.
If you’re planning a trip to Marrakech, take a daytrip to visit the fortified city of Aït-Ben-Haddou. It’s a traditional mud brick city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains, that’s appeared in numerous movies, such a Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Its fictional names, in Game of Thrones, are Yunkai and Pentos, on the path of Daenerys Targaryen’s journey through Slaver’s Bay.
The Roman Bridge, Cordoba, Spain
Featured in season 5, Cordoba’s historic Roman Bridge becomes the Long Bridge of Volantis, famous for a scene with Tyrion Lannister. The bridge was initially built in the first century BC and has undergone numerous transformations since, to become one of the most visited sites in Andalusia.
A small lava cave near Lake Mývatn in the north-east of Iceland is now famous for a love scene, with Jon and Ygritte in the third season. The thermal spring inside is steamy, while the temperature outside is freezing, which means it’s been a popular bathing spot for years.
Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Not that you’re probably too keen to venture Beyond The Wall, home of creatures who will surely eat you, or at least turn you into a zombie, but you can! Vatnajökull National Park is one of Iceland’s three national parks and it combines a variety of spectacular landscapes, including rivers, glaciers and waterfalls.
It’s pretty hard to imagine a more perfect spot in the world, to stand-in for the fictional King’s Landing, home to the kings of Westeros. Dubrovnik’s old town, with its imposing stone walls, is fit for royalty, so when you visit you can imagine yourself smack bang in the middle of your favourite Game of Thrones scenes.
Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Island
Covering an area of almost 630 hectares at the foot of the Mourne Mountains near Newcastle, Tollymore Forest Park is a mecca for outdoor activities. You can hike, camp, go horse riding and keep the kids entertained at ‘Big Deer’, a play area designed for the little ones. In Game of Thrones, it’s here that members of the Night’s Watch see a White Walker and where Ned Stark and his sons find the direwolf pups.
Doune Castle, Scotland
14th century Doune Castle, near Stirling, was built for the Regent Albany. The imposing structure is famous for its 100 foot high gatehouse and well-preserved great hall. The medieval stronghold was used in the pilot episode for Game of Thrones, as the set for Winterfell.
The medieval walled Mdina is Malta’s star tourist attraction and, even it didn’t make an appearance in Game of Thrones, you feel like you’re in the middle of a movie set when you visit. The majestic Mdina Gate was used as the entrance to King’s Landing and the surrounding areas as a part of the cityscape.
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