Like everyone else, you're probably blown away by the picturesque locations in the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Being a fantasy drama, it just makes sense to film in the most dramatic, most exotic landscapes and cities the United Kingdom, the Mediterranean, and Iceland have to offer. In fact, the show itself has been so effective in promoting these wonderful locations, it was able to double Iceland's annual tourist visits in the last four years.
With a new trailer just out and as a primer for the next season scheduled to air this July, here's a recap of real-world locations from the hit TV show that you can actually visit.
Dubrovnik, Croatia (King's Landing)
King's Landing is the quintessential Game of Thrones locale. This Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea is one of the show's primary shooting venues and is also probably the most popular tourist destination on this list. Almost all of the city's landmarks have their fair share of screen time: from the recognizable City Walls where Tyrion, Bronn, and Podrick inspect the damage from the Battle of Blackwater
City Walls in Dubrovnik
Split and Kastel Gomilica, Croatia (
Split's Diocletian Palace
If this magnificent cave near Lake Myvatn looks familiar, it's because it's where Jon Snow and Ygritte slept together in the fifth episode of season five. As a bonus, the cave also houses a thermal spring so it's a pretty popular attraction where visitors can bathe in its warm waters.
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland (Eyrie Pass)
The pass to the impregnable Eyrie is found in the historical and cultural site of Thingvellir, which is also one of the most popular destinations in Iceland.
Meteora Monasteries, Greece (Eyrie)
The books describe the Eyrie, House Arryn's official residence, as “several thousand feet above the valley floor below.” So the castle is literally sitting in the sky. Good thing the staff of Game of Thrones was able to find a close real-world equivalent in Greece to serve as a backdrop for the Eyrie—the Orthodox monasteries above the Meteora landscape in the country's central region, which also happens to be a World Heritage Site.
Alcazar of Seville, Seville, Spain (Sunspear Castle)
Sunspear Castle, the official residence of House Martell, is Spain's Alcazar of Seville. It was originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings in the 11th
Castle of Zafra, Guadalajara, Spain (Tower of Joy)
Girona, Spain (Braavos)
Also used in some of the Braavos scenes in Season 6 was Girona, a city in Catalonia, Spain. The city's most notable landmarks that were used in filming were the Girona Cathedral, the Old Jewish Quarter, and the Arab Baths.
Peniscola, Spain (
Castell de Santa Florentina, Canet de Mar, Catalonia, Spain (House
When Samwell Tarly, one of the show's lovable characters, returned home with Gilly, his wildling girlfriend, we were greeted with one of the best-looking castles the series has shown so far. The
Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland (King's Road)
The stunning beech tree tunnel that first appeared in the first episode of the second season of Game of Thrones lies along the length of Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland. It's one of the most photographed locations in Northern Ireland because of its adaptability to different lighting conditions and seasons. You just can't get a bad photo of it.
Ballintoy Harbour and Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland (Iron Islands)
If you fancy the Iron Islands and their surrounding geography, you'll love the coastal locations of Ballintoy Harbor and Murlough Bay. Ballintoy served as the Isle of Pyke in the second season of Game of Thrones. Murlough Bay, on the other hand, has set the scene for Theon and Yara's ride together. It's also where Davos was rescued following the Battle of Blackwater.
Balinoy Harbour and Murlough Bay
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco (Yunkai)
Another World Heritage Site in Morocco, Ait Benhaddou is a fortified village along the old caravan route between the Saharan desert and the city of Marrakesh. The ancient village still holds a few kasbahs (a type of fortress that's also used as a symbol of wealth), and individual dwellings, and is a great example of Moroccan clay architecture.