October 09, 2019
HBO's Game of Thrones may be over, but here are some countries you can visit to relive your favorite episodes.
The Game of Thrones (otherwise known as GoT) series finale left many viewers heartbroken and longing for more. The HBO TV drama may have been based on a fantasy novel, but luckily, many of the locations featured on the show were very real. In fact, it was filmed around some of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
If you’re itching for a vacation and want to relive some of your favorite GoT scenes, these six countries may be worth a visit:
Croatia is home to more than 1,000 beautiful islands, 48 of which are inhabited. Not only does this locale offer the perfect beach getaway for you and your family, it also has three iconic GoT locations you can visit, including:
Braavos in Sibenik, Croatia. Home of the Faceless Man, this real-life historical city is where Arya trains to be “no one.”
Meereen in Klis Fortress and Krka National Park. Known for its beautiful cascades, this location was used to film the slave city of Meereen where Daenerys Targaryen (the breaker of chains) sets thousands of slaves free from the Great Masters.
King’s Landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This bustling city is home to the Iron Throne and the location of some of GoT’s most memorable scenes.
2. Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is rich in history and natural beauty, which made it an ideal area to film most of GoT’s fictional locations, including:
Winterfell in Castle Ward. The castle and the ruins found on the grounds were used to film the home of the Stark family.
The entrance to Castle Black in Magheramorne Quarry, County Antrim. You will have to imagine the giant ice wall as it was digitally created, but the entrance is very real.
Cushendun Caves, County Antrim. These caves are featured in season two as the location where Melisandre gave birth to the not-so-cute shadow baby that was used to murder Stannis Baratheon’s brother.
Dragonstone in Downhill Strand, County Derry. This is one of Northern Ireland’s most scenic beaches and the original home of House Targaryen, which first appears in Season 2.
The Haunted Forrest, aka Tollymore Forest Park. This location was used in Season 1 when Ned discovers the beloved dire wolves. It is also used as the location where the white walkers entered the realm of men.
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim. In GoT, the dark hedges were known as King’s Road, a path used by Arya as she escapes King’s Landing. This area is so unique that no digital enhancements were made for the TV show.
Malta offers beautiful lagoons, beaches and temples for the whole family to enjoy. It was also the backdrop to much of Season 1, including scenes like:
The infamous Baelish Brothel ran by Littlefinger in King’s Landing.
The Battle of Blackwater where King Stannis stages an attack against the Lannisters.
The Red Waste where Daenerys and the Dothraki trekked in search of food and water.
Cobbler’s Square where Jaime and Ned duel.
If trekking through the desert on the back of a camel is your thing, you’d enjoy a hot getaway to Morocco. For filming, the real ancient fortified city of Ait Benhaddou and Essaouira were used to film these GoT locations:
Yunkai. The slave city that is raided by Daenerys and her growing army.
Astapor. Another slave city where Daenerys sets the unsullied free.
Avoid baking in the hot summer sun by transporting yourself north of the wall to Iceland. Some of the most popular tourist locations in Iceland were also used to film the show, such as:
Hengill Mountain. This popular hiking spot is where The Hound and Brienne of Tarth get in a duel over Arya in season 4.
Thingvellir National Park. This geological marvel was used as The Bloody Gate that Sansa and Littlefinger walked through to reach Aunt Lysa.
Stakkholtsgjá Canyon. This gorgeous 100-meter-deep canyon was where Jon Snow and his men managed to capture a White Walker.
Skógafoss. Visit Iceland’s most famous waterfall where Jon Snow and Daenerys rode their dragons together during happier times.
Spain is the perfect place to take in a new culture, catch a siesta and find some of the unique architecture filmed in GoT, such as:
Royal Palace and Gardens of Dorne. Filmed in one of the most beautiful palaces in Seville, Alcázar Palace was used as the home to House Martell.
Daznak's Pit. Plaza DeToros De Osuna, Spain is the location used in Season 5 when Daenerys is forced to reopen the fighting pits in Meereen.
Now that the show has ended and summer is here, it’s time for vacation. Transport yourself to the fantasy world created by Game of Thrones when you visit any of these six European countries or simply re-watch the entire series on HBO with Cox Contour TV.