Unless you have been living under a rock of late, you will have heard that the latest series of Games of Thrones has just wrapped up and people are losing their mind.
I mean, who could believe that the dragon would….NO!!!! Okay, we get the message; we won’t be massive spoilers and reveal the finale of season 7 for those of you are yet to watch it. It is worth the wait, we’ll tell you that much. Now, the wait begins again for the long-anticipated eighth, and final, series.
If you’re feeling that void in your life that can only be filled with your favourite fantasy TV drama, why not visit the real locations of Game of Thrones. While a hop across to Northern Ireland to see the studio may be the go-to option, how about combining fandom with a holiday and head for the sunnier destinations.
Here are our picks for a Game of Thrones inspired holiday.
With medieval architecture, whitewashed walls and distinctive terracotta roofs, Dubrovnik was an obvious choice for the setting of a fantasy drama. That’s the way creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss saw it and the Croatian coastal city has featured heavily throughout the Game of Thrones series.
Dubrovnik and its unmissable city walls which enclose the Old City is the scene for King’s Landing while Fort Lovrijenac provided the backdrop for the Battle of the Blackwater in season 2. The city itself is one of the most unique in Europe with the winding streets and eclectic buildings simply stunning.
Benioff described Dubrovnik as the way “we pictured King’s Landing looking” making it the number one stop on a Games of Thrones tour.
Here’s a much less devastating spoiler, the creators of Games of Thrones LOVE Croatia. The country’s second city of Split has been used extensively in the show with the Diocletian’s Palace being the main point of focus.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the private mansion of the Roman emperor Diocletian and was used during season 4’s Oathkeeper episode. Its cellars were used as underground passages depicting Meereen. And that establishing shot of a mountain? Well, that’s the beautiful Mosor Mountain south of the city.
Visitors to the city of Almeria on Spain’s Costa del Sol may notice something familiar towering above it. The striking Alcazaba of Almeria was used to resemble part of the Water Gardens and home to the rulers of Dorne.
The monument has been the focal point of the city since the 10th century under the rule of Cordoban Caliph Abd al-Rahman III. It would later be the home of Catholic King Alfonso VII and you can still visit it today. Elsewhere, both the nearby Mesa Roldan and Sorbas were used as locations to depict Meereen.
Before Croatia became one of the main warm weather filming locations, Malta was the preferred choice for the producers. Many scenes were shot around the town of Mdina but there were iconic scenes set across the archipelago.
In the background of Dothraki wedding feast between Daenerys and Drogo is the famous Azure Window on the isle of Gozo. Alas, this impressive rock structure succumbed to the elements and fell into the sea in early 2017. Until Dubrovnik was designated the set for King’s Landing, Mdina took up that mantle.
See where Catelyn and Rodrik entered King’s Landing at the Gate of Mdina while head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fort Ricasoli in Kalkara which was used as the Gate of the Gods of King’s Landing.
King’s Landing liked to move about. The eagle-eyed (and those with an acute knowledge of Spanish landmarks) viewers among you will have spotted the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona being used as the Sept of Baelor in season 6.
Maybe you will have spotted Sant Pere de Galligants abbey for the Arya and The Waif showdown on Braavosi Bridge? You can visit all of these landmarks in the quaint Catalan city of Girona. A short drive from Barcelona, it is an excellent destination for a Game of Thrones-inspired break.
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