How to Visit All the Game of Thrones Locations
Admit it: On more than one occasion, you’ve fantasized about transporting yourself into the realm of Game of Thrones (minus all that Red Wedding stuff, ‘natch). Instead of all the bloodshed, power trips, and constant chaos, wouldn’t it be amazing to experience the stylish saga via its stunning seven kingdom locations IRL (wearing this jewelry line, of course)?
The travel search engine liligo.com calculated the estimated travel time and the costs associated with visiting all of the Game of Thrones filming locations (across seven countries). They figured out that — if mapped out efficiently — it would cost about $2,185 for transportation (from New York) and would take about a month to do it properly (with actual travel time clocking in at about four days). See the places you’d go, and get your passport handy.
Dorne: Seville, Spain: The charming city of Seville serves as Dorne in the series, with the gorgeous Real Alcázar — a royal palace dating back to 913 — stealing the scene. While in Spain, you might as well swing by Samwell Tarly’s Horn Hill, a real-life castle called Castell de Santa Florentina in the town of Canet de Mar in the Spanish region of Catalonia. You should also visit Cáceres (where that super grim parade scene was shot), as well as Cordoba to see the Roman Bridge that became the Long Bridge of Volantis. (Photo via HBO)
Alcazar of Seville, Spain. (Photo via Matteo Colombo/Getty)
Dothraki Sea: Bardenas-Reales, Spain: While in Spain, if you want to add in another day trip, you can also pay tribute to Khal Drogo (RIP) by visiting the badlands of Bardenas Reales in the Navarre region, which stood in for the Dothraki Sea. (Photo via HBO)
Bardenas Reales, Spain (Photo via Getty)
Slaver's Bay: Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco: You don’t have to be a GoT super fan to appreciate the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Ben Haddou in Morocco. The stunning clay architecture of the ksar — a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls — was the set for Slaver’s Bay City, Yunkai. (Photo via HBO)
Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco (Photo via Getty)
King's Landing: Malta: A good excuse to visit Malta is to see a lot of the original season one locations. Scenes in the Free City of Pentos were filmed here. The city of Mdina was also the setting for parts of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. There you’ll be able to see the courtyard outside of Littlefinger’s brothel, as well as an entrance gate to King's Landing. (Photo via HBO)
Main Entrance Gate of Mdina, Malta (Photo via Getty)
King's Landing: Dubrovnik, Croatia: You’ve probably seen those drool-worthy shots of Croatia on Instagram lately; the country is totally a choice destination and is especially so for GoT fans. Starting in season two, the show had a ton of filming locations in Croatia, including King’s Landing. You can explore the Palace Gardens or visit the Church of Saint Ignatius (and reenact Cersei’s walk of shame if you’d like). PLUS you can take a ride on the very same ship that Daenerys Targaryen sailed in the series (gorgeous gown not included). (Photo via HBO)
Dubrovnik, Croatia (Photo via Getty)
Winterfell: Doune Castle, Scotland: Most of Winterfell was shot in Ireland, but some of the filming took place at the stunning Doune Castle in Scotland. This isn’t the first time the castle has been famously used in entertainment: It was also featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. (Photo via HBO)
Doune Castle, Scotland (Photo via Patrick Dieudonne/Robert Harding/Getty)
Dragonstone: Downhill Beach, Ireland: The majority of GoT is filmed in Northern Ireland, which makes sense since the main production headquarters is in Belfast. When in Ireland, GoT fanatics can wander around Westeros, Dragonstone (in season seven, Dragonstone was also filmed in Itzurun Beach in Zumaia, Spain), Winterfell, Stormlands, or tour Castle Ward. (Photo via HBO)
Downhill Beach, Northern Ireland (Photo via Getty)
Iron Islands: Ballintoy Harbour, Ireland: The home of the sea-faring Greyjoys is filmed in Ireland. There are several tour companies cashing in on the GoT phenomenon with offerings like the Belfast Iron Islands and Giant’s Causeway Adventure and the Belfast Winterfell Location Trek.
Ballintoy Harbour, Ireland (Photo via Getty)
The Wall: Iceland: Iceland is on the top of countless “I want to go to there” lists for many a traveler. This chilly locale is famous for its frozen landscapes, which proved to be a perfect setting for Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch. Visitors can see the Ice Wall, where the North of the Wall scenes were filmed. If you want to plus up that trip to Iceland, you can sign up for one of the Game of Thrones tours available. (Photo via HBO)
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland (Photo via Getty)