Top 14 Game Of Thrones Locations That You Can Visit Right Now Since The Show Is Ending
Game of Thrones is not only about captivating characters and gripping plots. It is also visually stunning due to the travel destinations from different parts of the world that were used during the shooting, and that is precisely what we bring to you in this article. Whether you are a GOT fan or not, the locations we will show you are definitely worth visiting. From King's Landing to the Wall, ready for a journey down the Kingsroad?
1. Castle Ward, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is the setting for Winterfell, the Iron Islands, Kingsroad, and all the generic green shots for Westeros. The real name for the ancestral home of House Stark is Castle Ward, an 18th-century property located in County Down. It looks indeed like the one we admire in the show, but with a combination of computer-generated imagery.
2. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
The traditional path for the monarch is located outside the town of Armoy. It is an avenue with beech trees called the Dark Hedges that form the natural tunnel we can see in the series. After being used for the series, it became a very popular landmark for tourists who try to get the perfect selfie, but if you want one, you'd better arrive very early.
3. Ballintoy Harbor, Northern Ireland
Not too far from it, we can find Ballintoy Harbor, a small but beautiful seaport that was transformed into the Lord's port in the Iron Islands. The small village is located in County Antrim, and it offers commercial and social facilities such as tourist accommodations, small shops, several restaurants, and two churches for those who want to experience life as a Greyjoy.
4. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland
In the same county where Ballintoy is, we have the real-life scenery where Renly Baratheon was camping out near Storm's End. Although the actual rope bridge is not featured in the show, the cliffs surrounding it do. In 2006, the tourist attraction had around 247,000 visitors, but this number doubled by 2016, presumably thanks to GOT rage.
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Although Northern Ireland inspired many of the spots, it is not the only country taken into account in the battle for the Iron Throne. Moving from north to south in Westeros' map, we can find the location for King's landing in the Adriatic Sea, a medieval city called Dubrovnik in Croatia. This tourist destination joined the list of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
6. Mdina, Malta
For King's landing in season one, the cast also traveled to Malta, a Southern European island country in the Mediterranean Sea that consists of an archipelago. The shooting of alleyways concentrated on the fortified city of Mdina, which served as the island's capital in the medieval period, but the coastal shots were made in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
7. Thingvellir, Iceland
To portray to inhospitable tundra in the north of the wall, we can travel to one of the coldest places in the world: Iceland. The producers decided to film in Thingvellir, which is a national park located in the south of the country and is among the most popular attractions for tourists. Many of the most crucial events in the history of the country happened there.
Thus, it is no surprise that Thingvellir is considered a very sacred place for Icelandic citizens. This national park is home to some of the most astonishing landscapes and natural wonders such as the largest lake in the country where you can scuba dive in the continental rift between North American and European plates or delight in Gullfoss waterfall or the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
8. Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
In season three, the plot of the story takes us with Daenerys in her search for an army in Slaver's Bay, and this desert city, among many others in the show, could not be filmed in any other place but Morocco. The first city that the Mother of Dragons sets free is Yunkai which, in reality, is Aït Benhaddou, a fortified village in the caravan route of the Sahara Desert.
9. Essaouira, Morocco
Astapor, aka the Red City, is the southernmost of the three great cities of Slaver's Bay. This was the home of the notorious Unsullied, the finest infantry troops in the world. For this city, the producers selected the town Essaouira in the western region of the country on the Atlantic coast. The hippie-style spot has a Portuguese fort and fortress walls that still contain part of the city.
10. Meteora, Greece
The main stronghold of House Arryn is The Eyrie located in Vale of Arryn near the east coast of Westeros. This spot enclosed crucial places such as the Sky Tower, the Sky Cells, and the Moon Door. So although Greece was never used as a filming location, The Eyrie was inspired in the most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries settled on the rock formation of Meteora.
11. Andalusia, Spain
By season five, the story moves to the country of Dorne. It is said that author George R.R. Martin got inspired by the medieval caliphate in Andalusia, and that is precisely where the shooting took place. The Spanish autonomous community used to be the most advanced centers of learning in the medieval world. Now, it is a mesmerizing sun-kissed Spanish region.
12. Seville, Spain
For the royal palace of Dorne, the chosen site was the Alcázar of Seville, a royal palace that was built for the Christian King Peter of Castile by the Islamic Moors in 913. The castle is a preeminent example of Mudéjar architecture that fuses the Roman Mediterranean influences with Arabic designs, so it is renowned as one of the most beautiful buildings.
13. Girona, Spain
Leavin Dorne and traveling north in Spain, the city of Girona was the scene for the most powerful of the Free Cities: Braavos. This was the place where Arya went to learn from the many-faced god. So the Catalan city of Girona was the ideal place for those episodes because of its Passeig de la Muralla, old fortifications, and the gorgeous coastal scenery it offers.
14. Basque Country, Spain
More recently, for season seven, the TV show takes us to another autonomous community in northern Spain called the Basque Country. The region is worth visiting since it became Daenerys' castle, better known as Dragonstone. The chosen small islet is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe located off the spectacular coast of Biscay and it has the path of 230 steps to the top where Khalessi walked.
Who would have thought that we can actually travel to Westeros in real life? Well, these marvelous places around our world had the ideal landscapes and buildings to bring George R.R. Martin's continent to life. Which is is going to be your first destination? If you liked this article, share it with your friends and beloved ones!