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Follow in the Footsteps of ‘Game of Thrones’

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Since Game of Thrones was first released as a drama television series on HBO in 2011, it’s become a massive smash hit all around the world. The fifth season just hit TV screens, so if your not watching it well.. You should be. Full of plot twists, dramatic character losses that leave an ache in your heart, some pretty heated scenes and incredible landscapes that you must visit. That is, if your are true Game of Thrones fan. Have you ever wondered where the show is actually filmed? From Wintefell and Stormlands, to Kings landing, Meeren and Beyond the wall, to Yunkai, Astapor and Dorne, lets follow in the footsteps of the worlds favourite television series. The Game of Thrones experience awaits you.

Winterfell and Stormlands

Cushendun Caves
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Photo credit: Christa Thompson: Exploring the Game of Thrones Trail in Northern Ireland, The Fairytale Traveler   

The Caves at Cushendun can be found right along the coast and next to the Bay Hotel and Cave House. They were formed over millions of years like many other caves around Ireland and the rest of the world. The caves are the remains of a vast mountain range, weathered and eroded by wind and water resulting in Old Red Sandstone rock. This is where Davos Seaworth (following orders from Stannis Baratheon) lands the red priestess Melisandre ashore, to later on see her giving birth to the shadow creature that in the end kills Renly.

Sandy Brae Path, Ireland
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Ireland’s Sandy Brae Path became the site that marked the entrance to the Dothraki holy ground. The Dothraki ride through the trees on the approach to Vaes Dothrak.

Kings Landing

 

Mdina Bridge, Malta
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The 4000 year-old capital of Malta, Mdina is a medieval walled town on a hill in the centre of the island. It is commonly called the Silent City. In Game of Thrones, Catelyn and Ser Rodrik Cassel ride into King’s landing through the gorgeous Mdina Gate to investigate the attack on Bran.

Pjazza Mesquita, Malta 
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Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in Malta. If you’ve been to Malta you won’t be surprised. At many places on this island you get the feeling like you’re walking through another world or another time. When you’re walking through its narrow streets you’re just waiting for the Kingsguard to come round the next corner, or you’re looking for a pile of horse dung, just in case you’ll be meeting Joffrey. Pjazza Mesquita is used by Lord Baelish, when he shows Ned Stark to his brothel to see Catelyn who had snuck into the city.

San Anton Palace, Malta 
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This 16th century palace located in Attard is the official residence of the President of Malta and is surrounded by private and public gardens. San Anton Palace becomes parts of the Red Keep in Game of Thrones. In the first series the Starks arrive there and use their stables, and later on a number of their attendants are murdered by Lannister soldiers while unloading some cargo. It is also the Red Keep’s Hallway, where Ned walks and Varys and Littlefinger inform him that the Goldcloaks are under his control.

Meeren

 

Lokrum, Croatia
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Flights to Croatia 

Only a few hundred meters off the coast of Dubrovnik lies the green and lush island Lokrum, 10 minutes by boat from the old port. The fortress is on the highest point of the island with an amazing view over the protected national park. Lokrum boasts a naturist beach, but, like most of Croatia’s Dalmatia coastline, not much sand. In Game of Thrones, Lokrum is turned into Quarth, the ‘Queen of Cities’, which is located on the continent Essos. As well as Daenerys’ magical experiences, the above-mentioned House of the Undying is located in Quarth.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Flights to Croatia 

This historical fortress sits perched on a rock formation just outside the western wall of the picturesque city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. In season two of the series, this amazing Croatian city became the real-world home to King’s Landing.

Beyond the Wall

Lake Myvatn, Iceland
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Flights to Iceland 

This beautiful lake created by a large basaltic lava eruption about 2300 years ago is surrounded by extraordinary fauna, about 52 bird species as well as many volcanic landforms. Also the sounding river Laxá is known to be rich in brown trout and Atlantic salmon. You may recognise this place in Game of Thrones as the frozen landscapes Beyond the Wall.

Myrdalsjokull and Vatnajokull Glaciers
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Flights to Iceland 

The vast mountainous area of south-east Iceland forms Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, located in the largest national park of Europe at 13.600km². In Westeros, Vatnajökull is the mysterious land Beyond the Wall, home to mythical creatures.

Yunkai and Astapor

 

Essaouira, Morocco
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Flights to Morocco 

While the Game of Thrones city of Astapor lies south of Yunkai, Essaouira is to the west of Aït-Ben-Haddou, and around 100km west of Marrakech, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. One of the city’s landmarks is its fortified wall which makes the fictional Astapor so memorable on screen. Unlike Astapor, Essaouira is known for a more relaxed atmosphere. In the 1960s it was a hippie hangout graced by rock stars such as Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix. It’s also a fishing port, where you can feast on awesome fresh seafood.

Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
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Flights to Morocco 

This red walled city & medina was said to be built in the 11th century and is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally used as a major stop for camel caravans transporting salt through the Sahara. It is now one of the hottest places to film — some films shot here include Gladiator, The Mummy and Prince of Persia — and now the series Game of Thrones. You may recognise it as the city of Yunkai, a slaving city that was newly acquired by Khaleesi’s Unsullied army in the show.

Dorne

Alcázar de Sevilla, Spain
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Flights to Spain

This is the perfect spot to represent the Water Gardens of the Kingdom of Dorne. The Alcázar de Sevilla is transformed in to the palatial private residence of Martell in the capital, Lanza del Sol, an appropriate place name considering the amount of heat this Andalusian city gets. Expect to see Doran Martell roam the lush gardens and private rooms that, five centuries ago were occupied by Catholic Monarchs and, before them, the caliphs who built it. Watch out for the beautiful Baños de Doña María de Padilla and the Grotto of the Sultans.

Osuna Bull Ring, Spain
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Flights to Spain

Osuna’s bullring shines on the small screen this season. Seville becomes the sands of Meereen for one of the show’s biggest scenes, and the most expensive in the history of television. Tyrion and Daenerys meet here, but you’ll have to watch to find out the details. Due to the secrecy that has surrounded filming, it is not known if some of Seville’s famous sites, like the Coto de las Canteras, have been included. But if you visit Osuna then make sure you check out Casa Curro, the first restaurant in town to offer a GOT themed menu for fans who want to feast like a Stark or Targaryen.

 

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