Almost everybody who loves American TV shows knows what Game of Thrones is. Besides its thrilling storyline, gripping direction and fantastic soundtracks, the fantasy drama series is loved for the beautiful locations it was shot at. From Spain to Northern Ireland and Croatia to Iceland, the series – based in Medieval times – has showcased the untamed beauty of European continent. If you want to know more about the beautiful Game of Thrones destinations, read on…
Highgarden in Game of Thrones is home to the Tyrell family who has lived here for generations. The location looks extremely picturesque in the show and in real life, it is just as enchanting. The castle, Castillo de Almodóvar del Río of Muslim origin, is open to the public. And, it is about 24 km from Cordova and showcases the rich history of Spain.
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Every Game of Thrones fan knows the importance of King’s Landing. It is the capital of the seven kingdoms in the show but in reality, it is a small but beautiful city in southern Croatia. It houses buildings from the 16th century and is surrounded by part of the Mediterranean Sea. The city gained a lot of attention after the show used it as one of its major locations.
Located on the island of Blackwater Bay (in the show), Dragonstone is the throne of House Baratheon. Season 7 of Game of Thrones focuses a lot on this island and its picturesque panoramas. Notably, it was filmed in County Derry, Ireland, and Itzurun Beach in Zumaia, Spain. Though Daenerys took quite a while to reach Dragonstone in the television series, you can visit it quite easily.
The large snow-covered area, North of Westeros is generally referred to as ‘Beyond the Wall’ in the show. The real North of the Wall is actually the second largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. Its natural beauty is awe inspiring!
Winterfell is where the House Stark family rules in the show. The castle of Winterfell is actually Castle Ward which is a National trust property, built back in 1760s. It is located near the village of Strangford in Northern Ireland. The castle welcomes the public to its 820 acres of sprawling gardens, theatre, shop, restaurant, sawmill, Victorian laundry and working corn mill.
In Game of Thrones, Braavos is where Arya Stark discovered her true self. Though, the House of Black and White was created for the purpose of the series, rest everything outside was shot in Šibenik, Croatia. The busy market streets, the narrow alleys and the harbor are all just as surreal as depicted in the show. Notably, Šibenik is also the oldest town in all of Croatia.
Yunkai is one of the three city-states of Slaver’s Bay in the show. In reality, it is a village in Morocco called Aït Benhaddou. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. There are still four families that reside in the village. It stands as a solid display of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. But, it is unlikely that it will be brought back to the series.