With the next season of Game of Thrones right around the corner (we’ve waited forever!), we’ve compiled a list of holiday spots that will make you nostalgic and fill you up with wanderlust. “Winter is coming” no more, it’s finally arrived! So let your inner geek plan your next holiday while we wait another few days for the first episode.
The coastline with beautiful scattered islands is probably Croatia’s main eye catcher. But also note, it has been a host to several GOT scenes.
Dubrovnik: King’s Landing – A political hot spot, home to the much disputed Iron Throne and currently under the reign of the Lady of Casterly Rock (Cersei), is mainly filmed at this prominent tourist destination. Its town circled with massive stone walls will give you major GOT nostalgia. All the scenes with characters overlooking the capital of the seven kingdoms were shot in the old medieval town of Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik’s old city walls: Even though the infamous Red Keep was a result of magnificent CGI, you can still spot similarities. The elaborate stairs in old town proved to be the perfect setting for Cersei’s walk of atonement and the path leading to the Sept of Baelor.
Fort Lovrijenac: Sitting on the outer walls of the city, this fort served as the ideal backdrop to depict merchant boats arriving at King’s Landing by sea.
Other scenes like the shot of the scenic City of Meereen and the chamber in which the dragons were imprisoned were filmed at the Klis Fortress in Split City.
Seville: Scenes of the summery green House of the Martell overlooking the water gardens are shot in the beautiful city of Seville. The Alcazar de Seville provided an impeccable backdrop for the negotiation scene between Jaime Lannister and The Prince when he comes to rescue his daughter/niece Myrcella. Moreover, the fountains and gardens of the palace complimented the romance between Myrcella and Prince Trystane very tastefully.
The frosty landscapes of Iceland were used to add drama to ‘Beyond the Wall’ scenes. Lake Myvatn doubled up as the wildling camp where Jon Snow was brought to be introduced to Mance Rayder – King beyond the wall. The Grjotagja Geothermal cave near the lake is where the steamy intimate scene between Jon and Wildling Ygritte was filmed. Additionally, the Thingvellir National Park set the appropriately intimidating rocky scenery for The Hound and Arya’s journey to Vale and the scene of them being stopped at The Bloody Gate where they find out about Lady Arryn’s death. This location houses the gap between the continental plates of Europe and North America making for a stunning photography spot.
4. Northern Ireland
Larne: The market town and 1000-year-old seaport are popular for the scenic coast road drive, all year round beauty of the Gleno waterfall and the ruins of Olderfleet Castle. Not far from it, you can spot the Magheramorne Quarry that hosted the sets for the filming of The Wall, Castle Black, and Hardhome – with a lot of CGI help of course! The Battle at the Wall, in season 4 majorly exhibits this site, and just the thought of standing at the battleground where the giants stood and shot arrows from should be reason enough to add this place to your travel bucket list.
Essaouira: The famous resort and port city resting on the Atlantic coast has the ideal wind conditions for surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing. It has been a hot tourist destination, with a mix of European, African and Arab elements, even before it was turned into a filming set to shoot the infamous Astapor – The Red City. Scenes of Daenerys arriving at the city after regaining her dragons from the House of The Undying to buy an army and make acquaintance with Missandei were filmed at this location. If you travel to Morocco, you can’t miss the chance to visit Essaouira to see where the Khaleesi acquired an army.
Ait Benhaddou: A city built entirely of clay portrayed in GOT as Yunkai actually exists! Ait Benhaddou – once frequently visited by caravans traveling between the Sahara and Marrakech is situated in Morocco. The looks of the settlement are far from the new age civilization reality. Being so, it served as the perfect spot for Daenerys to arrive with her army of Unsullied that she had acquired at Astapor. This city is a great example of old Moroccan dwellings and earthen clay architecture.
Season 8 insights: The Muriola Beach in Barrika (Spain) is speculated to be the “Queen’s Landing” – Daenerys Targaryen’s arrival spot in Westeros. The beach is renowned for its facilitation of scuba divers, rock climbers, and seekers of calm beachside walks. Surrounded by alluring cliffs, fans are eager to see how this nudist beach features as a set location for GOT’s final season.
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