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Game of Thrones takes place in the fictional land of Westeros, but fans of the hit show can visit many of the filming locations in real life.
Grab your passport and get ready to explore some of the series’ most stunning locations!
Our journey starts in Spain, where the Water Gardens of Dome come alive in Seville. This Andalusian city was transformed into Martell’s private palatial residence, and visitors can easily picture Doran strolling through the extensive gardens once occupied by Catholic kings and queens.
Seville is also home to the Osuna bullring, transformed into the Arena of Meereen in Game of Thrones’ fifth season. Fans can re-imagine one of the show’s most memorable scenes at the bullring, then enjoy the Game of Thrones themed menu at nearby restaurant Casa Curro.
Cordoba is home to a spectacular Roman bridge that, using fancy camera work and a few special effects, was transformed into the Long Bridge of Volantis for the series. Built in the first century BCE by imperial troops, the bridge spans nearly 250 meters in length.
Leaving Spain, we travel now to Morocco, where fans can follow the footsteps of Daenerrys Targaryen in real life. The ancient fortified city of Ait-Ben-Haddou south of Marrakech became the smallest of Slaver’s Bay’s cities in Game of Thrones, and it has also provided the backdrop for many other television series and Hollywood films, including Prince of Persia and Jesus of Nazareth.
One of the largest film studios on the planet, the Atlas Studios arise from the Moroccan desert and are a popular tourist attraction. Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed there, and numerous sets are still intact and open to the public.
Travel west to explore Essaouria on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Viewers of Game of Thrones will recall the city’s fortified wall and enjoy the local fresh seafood and relaxing atmosphere.
Ygritte and Jon’s love nest can be explored by fans in Grjotagja, Iceland even though it will likely not make another appearance on the show. The small cave in northeast Iceland reaches temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius even when the land outside is covered with ice and snow.
Not far from the cave lies this lava field that served as a campground for Mance Rayder. The unusual shapes of the lava rocks are said to house killer trolls and connect the Earth to hell, but visitors are usually far more interested in the Game of Thrones scenery than the local folklore.
Home to many mythical creatures in the series, Vatnajokull looks as mysterious in real life as it does on the series as the land Beyond the Wall. The area is home to the largest glacier in Europe and a vast national park.
Featured several times in the series, Northern Ireland’s Tollymore Forest Park is where a White Walker was first encountered and where Ramsay Snow chases Theon Greyjoy on horseback. Visitors can explore the park’s 600 hectares, including the Mourne Mountains and spectacular seaviews.
The courtyard of Winterfell comes alive for visitors at Castle Ward, featuring exquisite Classical and Gothic architecture, an exotic garden and peaceful woodlands waiting to be explored. These features easily transport viewers of Game of Thrones to The North, where they may half expect to see King Robert Baratheon arriving on horseback.
Planted in the 18th century by the Stuart family, the Dark Hedges are lined by enchanting beech trees that transport visitors into a fantasy world. In Game of Thrones, the road serves as an escape route for Arya, Hot Pie, Yoren, Gendry and others.
This quaint fishing village is one of the most picturesque locales on Antrim’s coast, and it lays the scene for the port of Pyke on Game of Thrones, where Theon Greyjoy experiences some trouble with his shipmates and returns to the Iron Islands.
These are just some of the most popular Game of Thrones locations that fans of the show can visit in real life. Explore The Iron Islands at Murlough Bay in Northern Ireland, the scene of Drogo and Daenerys’ wedding on the island of Gozo in Malta, Winterfell at Doune Castle in Scotland, the streets of Braavos in Sibenik, Croatia, and the House of the Undying at Minceta Tower in Dubrovnik. These locations are interesting for all visitors but are especially thrilling for long-time viewers who want to experience their favourite Game of Thrones moments in the real world.