Am I the only one who gets a lot of travel inspiration from watching movies and television? Nothing is quite as inspiring right now as all the gorgeous Game of Thrones filming locations in Europe and Morocco.
I’m currently rewatching the whole show in anticipation of the final season, and I can feel ALL the theory-making, fan-girling obsessions creepin’ back up.
**Obviously, there are SPOILERS ahead **
All the Game of Thrones Filming Locations (Up to Season 8)
If you’re headed to any of these countries soon, you can, of course, rent a car and DIY your own tour or take one of themany popular GoT-themed tours out there.
In the meantime, you can re-binge Seasons 1-7 while waiting for Season 8. Once you’ve read this list, see if you can spot them in the show! For people who don’t have HBO or friends with HBO, Amazon has all the episodes and, obviously, sells the complete seasons:
Anyhow… Here’s all the Game of Thrones filming locations I could find. I’ll have to update this as more Season 8 settings come out!
GoT Filming Locations in Croatia
“Game of Thrones” seems to have transformed Croatia’s travel industry completely, especially Dubrovnik. The coastal city faces the Adriatic sea, and even the most cursory of fans will recognize its orange rooftops as King’s Landing.
Specifically, you’ll recognize a few significant places fromKings Landingand a few fromQarth.
- TheChurch of St. Ignatius of LoyolaandStradun, the main street of Dubrovnik, is where Cersei did her Walk of Penance.
- Gradac Parkfeatures in the Purple Wedding while theBelvedere Atrium will bring some not so pleasant memories for Oberyn fans.
- Olenna Tyrell fans can see her gardens come alive at theTrsteno Arboretum.
- Relive (or maybe not since it didn’tquitelive up to book descriptions) the House of the Undying atMinčeta Tower.
- The garden party in Qarth was filmed atLokrum Island. It’s also where, if you really wanna go full fangirl/fanboy, you can sit on the Iron Throne.
Other Notable Places in Dubrovnik include theCity Walls, St. Dominic Street, Pile Gate, For Lovrijenac, Fort Bokar, Rectors Palace,andSponza Palace.
Split sits on the eastern shore and is the second largest city in Croatia. It serves as a number of places across the Narrow Sea, specifically for Meereen and some for Braavos.
- Diocletian’s Palacecellars were used as underground passages in Meereen, Daenerys’ throne room, and the dragons’ prison.
- Papalićeva Streetis used during the Slave Rebellion.
- Fortress of Klisis generally used for the City of Meereen.
Arya fans might recognizeKaštel Gomilicaas it serves for some Braavos exterior scenes. It’s not quite in Split, but it’s less than 10 miles from the city.
OTHER GoT FILMING LOCATIONS IN CROATIA
A few different areas not necessarily inDubrovnikorSplit have featured in “Game of Thrones.” They include thePerun Quarry, Mosor Mountain,Šibenik’s Cathedral of St. James,Trogir’s St. Dominic’s Monastery, and Baška Voda.
GoT Filming Locations in Iceland
If you’re a Jon Snow and Castle Black fan, then Iceland surely must be at the top of your list. I read somewhere jokingly note that anywhere you can spit in Iceland was probably featured some way in GoT.
Places Used for Castle Black & North of the Wall:
- Lake Mývatn’slandscapes double as North of the Wall.
- NearbyGrjótagjá Cave,known for its thermal springs, is where Jon and Ygritte had their little tryst.
- Dimmuborgir inHúsavikis a lava field and serves as Mance Rayder’s wilding camp.
- Höfðabrekkadoubles as the Frostfangs Mountains, where Jon Snow spends much of Season 2.
- Kirkjufell,a unqiue mountain in theSnaefellsnes Peninsula, is used as Arrowhead Mountain when everyone goes north of the wall to capture a wight.
- Stakkholtsgjá, a narrow riverbend, 330ft deep and 1.2 miles long, is used when they actually capture the wight.
- Reynisfjara Beach, with its black sand, andDyrhólaey, a peninsula, areused for Eastwatch scenes.
- Other notable areas includeSnæfellsjökullis a 700,000-year-old volcano in western Iceland, Vatnajökullis Europe’s biggest glacier, andSvínafellsjökull,an extension ofVatnajökull.All have been used for scenes North of the Wall.
- In real life, Thingvellir National Parkplayed an important role in Icelandic culture and history. It served as the site of its National parliament for 800 years from 930 to 1798. In “Game of Thrones,” it’s used for Arya and the Hound’s traveling scenes in central Westeros and as the entrance to the Eyrie.
- Nesjavellir is also used in scenes for the Vale and central Westeros.
GoT Filming Locations in Malta
Before “Game of Thrones” moved to Croatia for filming, it used a number of places around Malta to represent King’s Landing and Pentos in Season 1.Malta is a small archipelago country in the middle of the Mediterranean.
Malta Locations Used for Pentos:
- TheVerdala Palace,built in 1586, is the president’s official summer residence. In the show, it serves as Illyrio Mopatis’ mansion where we first meet Daenerys and Viserys.
- Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s Dothraki wedding takes place at theAzure Window inGozo, which sadly collapsed.
- The Mtahleb Valleyis where Drogo’s funeral takes place in the finale.
Malta Locations Used for King’s Landing & the Red Keep:
- Fort Ricasoli,the largest fort in Malta, is used to represent the Red Keep. You might also recognize it from some other historical movies, namely a certain Brad Pitt piece.
- Fort St. AngeloinBirgu is used for the dungeon scenes.
- TheCloister of St. Dominic MonasteryinRabat are used as the gardens where Ned confronts Cersei.
- San Anton Palace,the official presidential residence, is used for Red Keep exterior shots.
- Fort Manoel inGizais the Great Sept of Baelor and might give you some Season 1 finale shivers. #RIPNED.
Other places inMaltaincludeMdina Gate,Pjazza Mesquita,andFort St. Elmo.
GoT Filming Locations in Morocco
Morocco, one of the few non-European filming locations, is only featured in Season 3 to represent Astapor and Yunkai in Slaver’s Bay.
Morocco Locations Used for Slaver’s Bay:
- Aït-Ben-Haddou, a17th-century city located between Marrakech and the Sahara Desert, was used for scenes in Yunkai and some scenes featuring Daenerys’s army camp. If you’re a fan of TheMummy, Aït-Ben-Haddou will feel quite familiar!
- Essaouira, once a hippie favorite along the Atlantic coast, isAstapor in“Game of Thrones,” home to the Unsullied.
Morocco Filming Location for Pentos:
- The Altas Corporation Studiosoutside ofOuarzazateis a huge film studio in the Moroccan desert. Many Pentos scenes are filmed here.
Filming Locations in Northern Ireland
The main headquarters for “Game of Thrones” is in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Major interior scenes are shot here, so I imagine someday we’ll get a GoT tour likeHarry Potter World. Since there are so many scenes shot in Northern Ireland and many places are used in multiple scenes, I’m splitting them up by county instead of where they are in the show.
County Antrimholds most ofBelfast and sits along the northern coast. There’s a ton filmed here, from Castle Black scenes all the way to the Dothraki Sea:
- While it’s not open to the public, “Game of Thrones” has used Magheramorne Quarryfor a number of places fromCastle Black to Hardhome.
- Cairnecastle(or Carncastle)is a small village made of moors and hills. It’s used in a few scenes but mostly as Moat Cailin.
- The ruins ofShane’s Castledate back to 1345 and are used in the Tourney of the Hand, Winterfell’s crypt scenes, and in the fight between Jaime and Brienne.
- Ballintoy Harbourdoubles as the Iron Islands.
- Carrick-a-Rede is usedas the Stormlands where Renly’s army camp is.
- Melissandre gives birth in the Cushendun Caves, andToome is used for the south side of the Wall.
- Perhaps the most incredible place to visit in County Antrim is theDark Hedges, a long row of haunting looking trees. It’s used as a northern part of Kingsroad.
- BothBallymoneyand theGlens of Antrimare used as the Dothraki Sea.
County DownbordersCounty Antrim and is used mostly for northern Westeros scenes.
- Castle Wardis the main filming location for Winterfell, though it’s also used for Stark and Lannister army camp scenes.
- Saintfield Estatesis also used for Robb Stark’s army.
- The Starks find the dire wolves as puppies inTollymore Forest Park.
- TheRowallane Gardensdouble as the Godswood. T
- They declare Robb as King of the North at Inch Abbey, and
- CorbettVillage is used for House Tulley and Riverrun.
Other notable places inCounty DownincludeBanbridge, Myra Castle, Sandy Brae, the Mourne Mountains, River Quoile,andtheClandeboy Estate Forest.
Other Filming Locations in Northern Ireland
Gosford Castle in County Armagh is also used for exterior shots of Riverrun, andDownhill StrandinCounty DerryisDragonstone.
GoT Filming Locations in Scotland
There’s only one major place in Scotland used in the film, and that’sDoune Castle, a medieval castle originally built in the 13th century. It’s mainly used for Winterfell scenes.
GoT Filming Locations in Spain
Almeríais a coastal city inAndalusia.There are a number of places around the city that double as parts of Essos and Dorne.
Almería Filming Locations for Dorne:
- TheAlcazaba de Almeríafor scenes around Dorne
Almería Filming Locations for Essos:
- El Chorrillo de Sierra Alhamilla doublesVaes Dothrak.
- TheTabernas Desert doubles asparts of the Dothraki Sea.
- BothMesa RoldánandSorbasare used for scenes outside of Meereen.
This the only place I’ve been in this whole list! Cordoba is one of my favorite places in Spain, and I visited on a day trip as a student. It’s use for a few different scenes in GoT:
TheRoman Bridge is usedto represent the Long Bridge of Volantis, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in the city. I’ll never forget crossing this bridge and then getting stuck on one side when it started to downpour out of nowhere.
TheCastillo de Almódovar del Río, a Moorish castlebuilt in 760, is used for Highgarden scenes. Its dungeons and fortress are used to represent Casterly Rock.
Girona is a city in the northern province ofCatalonia.It’s used mainly for Braavos and a few King’s Landing:
- Catedral de Santa Maríais the Sept Baelor.
- You’ll recognizeSant Pere de Galligantsfrom Arya and the Waif’s fight scene.
- ThePlaca dels Juratsserves as a Braavosi Theater.
- The streets ofFerran el Católic, Sant Martí,and L’Escola Piaare also used in Braavosi street market scenes.
The House Martell plot might not be everyone’s favorite. However, as far as Game of Thrones filming locations, no one would argue that Seville is one of the most stunning areas.
Most of the filming for Dorne was done at theAlcázar de Sevilla.
Plaza de Torosin nearbyOsuna served as the Daznak Pit where Daenerys faces off with the Mereen slave masters.
OTHER FILMING LOCATIONS IN SPAIN
I actually remember when news of Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajarabroke as afilming location because most book fans immediately guessed what it would be. The castle, built in the 12th century, is theTower of Joy,which is supposed to be in Dorne’s Red Mountains. It’s also the birthplace of a certain character *cough.*
Pensícola,a Mediterranean town in theCastellónregion serves as parts of Meereen while theBardenas Reales inNavarredoubles as parts of the Dothraki Sea.Castello de Santa FlorentinainBarcelonais the House of Tarley’s Horn Hill.
Itzurun BeachinZumaia is used for when Dany arrives to Dragonstone.
And there you have it! These are all the Game of Throne filming locations. Can’t wait to see where Season 8 brings us.
Some Sources I Used for the Game of Thrones Filming Locations
- Game of Thrones Wiki
- A full map to reference on Bored Panda
- Skyscanner also has an extensive, albeit not complete, list
- All these images come from Pixabay or Wikimedia Commons. Since I’ve only been to one of these places, the photos are obviously not mine :)
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Wow, what an extensive rundown of "Game of Thrones" filming locations! To delve into this topic, I'm quite familiar with the various real-world sites used in the series' production. From the imposing landscapes of Iceland, Croatia's stunning Dubrovnik, and the historical allure of Northern Ireland to the Mediterranean charm of Malta and the exotic appeal of Morocco, these locations provided the fantastical backdrop for Westeros and Essos.
Croatia: Dubrovnik's cityscape painted the picture of King's Landing and Qarth. The Church of St. Ignatius, Gradac Park, Belvedere Atrium, and Trsteno Arboretum all showcased pivotal moments. Split, with Diocletian’s Palace, Klis Fortress, and Papalićeva Street, brought to life Meereen and Braavos.
Iceland: Landscapes around Lake Mývatn, Grjótagjá Cave, Dimmuborgir, Kirkjufell, Stakkholtsgjá, Reynisfjara Beach, Dyrhólaey, Snæfellsjökull, Vatnajökull, and Svínafellsjökull portrayed the hauntingly beautiful North of the Wall.
Malta: Verdala Palace, Azure Window, Mtahleb Valley, Fort Ricasoli, Fort St. Angelo, St. Dominic Monastery, San Anton Palace, Fort Manoel, Mdina Gate, Pjazza Mesquita, and Fort St. Elmo were the backdrops for King's Landing, Pentos, and their iconic settings.
Morocco: Aït-Ben-Haddou and Essaouira brought alive Astapor, Yunkai, and Pentos, giving us a glimpse of Slaver’s Bay's splendor.
Northern Ireland: From Magheramorne Quarry, Cairnecastle, Shane’s Castle, Ballintoy Harbour, Carrick-a-Rede, Cushendun Caves, Dark Hedges to Tollymore Forest Park, Inch Abbey, and Downhill Strand, Northern Ireland's diverse landscapes portrayed multiple Westeros locations.
Scotland: Doune Castle in Scotland, aside from its historical significance, stood as Winterfell in the series.
Spain: Almería's Alcazaba de Almería, Tabernas Desert, Mesa Roldán, Sorbas, Cordoba's Roman Bridge, Castillo de Almódovar del Río, Girona's Catedral de Santa María, Sant Pere de Galligants, Placa dels Jurats, Ferran el Catòlic, Sant Martí, L’Escola Pia, Seville's Alcázar de Sevilla, Plaza de Toros, plus other spots like Castillo de Zafra, Pensícola, Bardenas Reales, Castello de Santa Florentina, and Itzurun Beach collectively brought to life Dorne, Essos, Volantis, Braavos, Dragonstone, and more.
Each location added depth and realism to the epic storytelling of "Game of Thrones," making these places not just sets but destinations imbued with fantasy and history, inviting fans to explore and relive the show's magic.