1 The alcazar of Seville, the palace of Dorne
Winter is coming … Not really, since in Andalusia winter is almost unknown! It is for this reason that the directors of Game of Thrones have shot scenes taking place in the principality of Dorne, south of the kingdom of Seven Crowns. For the Dorne Palace, it was an exceptional place, so it was the emblematic alcazar of Seville that was chosen. Its palaces, courtyards and oriental gardens are the setting of choice for Dran Martell’s residence.
2 Essaouira, the Red City
In the south-west of Morocco, Essaouira is a pleasant seaside resort known for its ancient fishing port and its labyrinthine medina classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chosen by the directors of Game of Thrones to play Astapor, in the country of Ghis, Essaouira has in particular hosted in his walls the character of Daenerys Targaryen when he acquires his army of slaves during the third season.
3 The arboretum of Trsteno, the garden of Tyrell
20 km from Dubrovnik in Croatia, Trsteno has a multi-secular arboretum which, long before the directors of Game of Thrones, already inspired the poet Lord Byron in the eighteenth century. This oasis of green is home to countless exotic species including Sicilian imports in the fifteenth century. Plane trees, olive trees, pines of Aleppo or bamboo succeed each other at the entrance and form the backdrop of the Garden of Tyrell of Port-Réal in Game of Thrones.
4 The castle of Verdala or the residence of Illyrio Mopatis
In the vicinity of Busket, Malta, Verdala Castle is the presidential summer residence. Built at the top of Buskett Gardens, it stands out as a kind of luxurious defensive fort. In Game of Thrones, Illyrio Mopatis lives here and Daenerys and Khal Drogo meet on the doorstep of this palace. Unfortunately, you can only admire the outside of Verdala Castle which is not open to the public.
5 Almodóvar del Río Castle, Tyrell House
About twenty kilometers from Cordoba, in Andalusia, Almodóvar del Río Castle rises from the top of its hill. This fortress built in 760 has a unique silhouette that made it the ideal place to turn the scenes of the castle of Hautjardin, the headquarters of the house Tyrell. Today, during the visit of the castle we discover a special route Game of Thrones where are exposed, among others, photos of the shooting.
6 Dubrovnik, the inevitable Port-Réal
How not to mention Dubrovnik among the filming sites of Game of Thrones? It is here that many scenes taking place in Port-Réal, the capital of Seven Crowns, were shot. Dubrovnik has also sometimes served as a backdrop for Qarth. In total, the tourist office lists more than 15 sites of shooting of Game of Thrones in the city! Dubrovnik is a UNESCO-protected city in the south of Croatia, surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage walls. To discover absolutely!
Gaztelugatxe, Dragonstone in the Basque Country
Gaztelugatxe is a small island located on the coast of Biscay, in the Spanish Basque Country. Famous for its Hermitage of San Juan, this rocky islet is a superb geological curiosity that is reached after crossing a stone bridge from the mainland and climbing 250 steps. It is here that Peyredragon is, Game of Thrones offering the island, still unknown a while ago, a new notoriety.
8 Svínafellsjökull, beyond the Wall
Iceland has been largely exploited by the Game of Thrones series: its snow-bleached natural landscapes form an ideal setting for scenes shot “beyond the Wall”. Several episodes of the saga are happening near Svínafellsjökull. This glacier tongue located in the Vatnajökull National Park has also served as a backdrop for many other big productions such as Batman Begins.
9 The ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Yunkaï
Located on a hillside in the Ouarzazate region of southwestern Morocco, the ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fortified village nestled in the middle of the desert served as a backdrop for many large productions like Gladiator in 2000. For Game of Thrones, Ait-Ben-Haddou has become Yunkaï, a city ghiscarie. To visit the ksar Aït-Ben-Haddou, prefer the off-peak hours: the crowd can sometimes be dense during the high season.
10 The grotto of Grjótagjá, a romantic setting
In the north-east of Iceland, Grjótagjá cave is home to a fascinating blue hot spring. Game of Thrones fans will immediately recognize where the love scene between Jon Snow and Ygritte was shot in season 3. The flair of production is hailed as the setting is indeed idyllic, but be aware that you can not bathe there since the waters sometimes reach 70 ° C!