Turn fictional fantasy into a travel reality; hold the door, lets explore…
While the tales of this blood-and-betrayal series might be fictional, the destinations are definitely not. Once the final series draws to a close, continue exploring the Seven Kingdoms with a wealth of unique travel adventures.
King’s Landing – Dubrovnik, Croatia
The centuries-old city of Dubrovnik was the main filming location in Croatia for the fictional city of King’s Landing. The terracotta roofs and ancient streets will be a beautiful déjà vu to any fans of the hit series. The walls of Dubrovnik provided the familiar backdrop to King’s Landing, stretching the perimeter of the old town – totalling a distance of 1,940 metres – but matching the landmark’s to their fictional representation can be difficult. Take a guided tour around the city and let your expert guide recreate the magic of the series before your eyes. During your tour, you’ll explore iconic filming locations including Fort Lovrjenac, Trsteno Arboretum, Lokrum Island and Srdj Mountain, which also provides breathtaking views of Dubrovnik.
STAY: Relish the luxury and uninterrupted sea views provided by Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik
Beyond the Wall (Wildling Territory) – Iceland
Iceland – the land of fire and ice – provided the incredible frozen landscapes beyond the wall. Ever since the country’s icy landscapes featured in season two, it has enticed mega-fans from across the globe to this small north Atlantic island. With Iceland’s tourist count rising from 500,000 in 2010 when the series premiered, to around 2.2 million in 2018, the “Game of Thrones effect” truly does exist! From the wildling camp filmed at Dimmuborgir, to the magnificent glacier near Skaftafell featuring prominently in the series, there is no wonder why Iceland’s striking scenery was used to film this gripping show.
STAY: Stay at the remote retreat of Deplar Farm, perfect for adventure seekers
Yunkai and Astapor – Morocco
Located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, you’ll uncover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait-Ben-Haddou. Situated on an ancient caravan route connecting the Sahara and Marrakech, this impressive fortified red-earth city provided the perfect backdrop to film sets including Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, and most recently, the city of Yunkai in Game of Thrones.
Filming for the series continued in Morrocco, moving to the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira. Known for its vibrant blue fishing boats, it was transformed into the fictional destination of Astapor, where Daenery’s meets her loyal army of unsullied for the first time. Dating back to 18th century, Essaouira’s ramparts offer picturesque views over the fishing port and the Atlantic Coast. But away from the ramparts featured in Game Of Thrones, you’ll find spice-scented lanes and palm-lined streets, bursting with art galleries and boutiques.
STAY: Experience the Royal Mansour Marrakech, as featured on BBC One’s Amazing Hotels
Water Gardens of Dorne – Alcázar of Seville, Spain
The Alcázar of Seville (royal palace in Seville) may evoke memories of the Water Gardens of Dorne for many fans of the series. This beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site is still the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in Seville and dates back to the Almohades in the 12th century. Featuring breathtaking, exotic Arabian architecture paired with ornate floors, ceilings, floors and the beautiful green gardens was the ideal setting for the Water Gardens of Dorne. The Alcázar of Seville was the filmed in four parts including the impressive Hall of Ambassadors, the tranquil Mercury’s Pond, the Baths of Maria de Padilla and the Gardens of the Royal Alcazar.
STAY: Only a 2-hour drive from Seville, experience the vibrant mix of old and new at Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
City of Winterfell – Doune Castle, Scotland
From real to fictional rulers, Doune Castle is a fantastic destination steeped in history and a popular filming location. This 14th century castle was built for the Regent Albany, ‘Scotland’s uncrowned king’, but it’s thick stone walls and courtyard areas are easily reminiscent of the city of Winterfell, where you’d expect to bump into Ned Stark.
STAY: Experience living like royalty in 850 acres of Perthshire countryside at The Gleneagles Hotel
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