The HBO award-winning fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, returns for its sixth season this April, just in time to help inspire your summer travels. Dedicated Game of Thrones tours now run in all the key filming locations, so you can voyage to the wild landscapes North of the Wall or follow in the footsteps of royalty at the real-life King’s Landing.
Best of all, with dedicated location scouts touring the globe to seek out screen-worthy landscapes, the beauty of many of the locations means you don’t even have to be a fan of the show to enjoy some of the spectacular settings. Ready for an adventure? Here’s our pick of the most mesmerizing Game of Thrones film sites around the world.
The immense glaciers and thundering waterfalls of Iceland’s landscape have often been described as otherworldly, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise Game of Thrones chose the country to represent the icy wilderness of North of the Wall. Venture into the territory of Wildlings and White Walkers at sites like the the Svinafellsjokull glacier, Lake Mývatn and the Vik Mountains; peek into the cave where Jon Snow and Ygritte cuddled up together during season three; and explore other film locations such as Þingvellir National Park and the Gullfoss waterfall.
Northern Ireland has seen a noticeable peak in tourism since the Game of Thrones cast first set foot on British soil. Belfast’s Paint Hall studios has been the series’ production base since the first season, and dozens of unique locations from around the country have made it onto the screen. Take a Game of Thrones tour from Belfast and you can see iconic settings like the Dark Hedges (the road from King’s Landing) and Gray Cliffs of Ballintoy Harbour (the Iron Islands), as well as Winterfell filming locations.
Despite only being used as a filming location during the first season, the dramatic vistas of Malta still packed a punch onscreen, providing the backdrop to iconic scenes like the marriage of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo, and the execution of Ned Stark. Best of all, the small islands are easy to get around on a day trip, and a Game of Thrones tour of Malta may include key sights like the Azure Window, found on the island of Gozo; King’s Landing Skull Chamber in Birgu; walled city of Mdina; and 17th-century Kalkara fortress, seen onscreen as the Red Keep.
Taking over from Malta in season two as the setting for King’s Landing, Croatia has been one of the principal filming locations for Game of Thrones. Fans can explore a number of film sites in Dubrovnik, like the 11th-century Lovrijenac Fortress and medieval city walls, which double up as the Red Keep in King’s Landing; Trsteno Arboretum, used for scenes of the breathtaking palace gardens; and island of Lokrum, which was transformed into the fictional Qarth. Don’t miss other recent filming spots such as the grand Diocletian’s Palace in Split, nearby Perun Quarry and Klis Fortress, and rugged peak of Mosor Mountain.
A number of real-life locations in Morocco have appeared onscreen in Game of Thrones, like Daenerys’ season three scenes in Slaver’s Bay, filmed in Essaouira, and the mud brick fortress of Aït Benhaddou, which was transformed into the fictional city of Yunkai.
Season five of Game of Thrones was filmed throughout the province of Seville in Spain. Seville’s Alcázar was used for scenes of the Water Gardens of Dorne, the home of fan favorite, Prince Oberyn Martell. On Game of Thrones tours from Seville, you can also visit the town of Osuna and see sites such as the historical bullring, where Daznak’s Pit scenes were shot. Upcoming season six will see medieval Girona used as a backdrop.