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All the Game of Thrones Locations You Can Visit Right Now

Visit the real-world locations of King's Landing, Braavos, Sunspear Castle in Dorne, and more.
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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 bay to Cercei's walk of penance along Stradun street. Other noteworthy key spots in the city include the narrow alleys around St. Dominika street which were used extensively to portray the markets of King's Landing, and Trsteno Arboretum which served as the Red Keep's palace garden.



Castel Gomilica


City Walls in Dubrovnik


Stradun Street

Split and Kastel Gomilica, Croatia (Mereen and Braavos)

Split is Croatia's second largest city and lies on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, which was filmed as the city of Mereen in Season 4. Split's Dioclesian Palace, a World Heritage Site built in the 3rd century became the site of Daenerys' throne room and the scene where Tyrion releases the chained dragons from the catacombs. A small, neighboring town just a few miles from Split is Kastel Gomilica, which served as the free city of Braavos. This is also where Arya Stark was seen selling Oysters from a hand cart in season 5.

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Split's Diocletian Palace

Grjotagja, Iceland

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.

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Grjotagja Caves


Lake Myvatn

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.

 

Thingvellir

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 century, and was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. It's also one of the finest examples of mudejar architecture with its dominant geometrical character, elaborate tile work, and an interesting mix of Muslim and Christian elements.

Castle of Zafra, Guadalajara, Spain (Tower of Joy)

This 12th century castle in the municipality of Campillo de Dueñas, in Guadalajara, Spain became the iconic Tower of Joy. The iconic castle was first showcased in Season 6, where it showed a young Ned Stark battle it out with Ser Arthur Dayne to save her pregnant sister, Lyanna Stark, from the tower.

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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.

 


Arab Baths


Peniscola, Spain (Mereen)

This often-called “Gibraltar of Valencia” is a town from the province of Castellon, Spain, has reportedly become the new Mereen since Season 6.

 

Castell de Santa Florentina, Canet de Mar, Catalonia, Spain (House Tarly's Home Castle)

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 castle, just 40 minutes away from Barcelona, was built on the foundations of an old Roman house called Domus, on a region that's also one of the first centers for ancient settlements.

 

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.

 

Dark Hedges

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.

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Balinoy Harbour and Murlough Bay

Ouarzazate, Morocoo (Astapor and Pentos)

Ourazazate is a city and World Heritage Site in the south-central region of Morocco that's in the middle of a bare plateau just south of the High Atlas Mountains. Some of the Pentos scenes were shot here, but it was mostly used as Astapor––with one iconic scene where Daenerys tricks Kraznys and orders her newly acquired Unsullied army to kill their masters, freeing them from slavery.

 

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.


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