7 Countries Where You Can Visit Game of Thrones Film Locations

If traveling to the make-believe lands of Westeros and Essos sounds like a magical vacation, then these seven countries with Game of Thrones film locations are as close as you can get.

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    Morocco


    On her quest to free the enslaved peoples of Essos and build her army, Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen stages a revolt in the Yellow City, taking control of Yunkai and Pentos. These cities were filmed in Morocco’s walled city of Aït-Ben-Haddou (pictured); the pre-Saharan ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along the coast of Morocco, the Game of Thrones film location in the town of Essaouira stood in for Astapor, another of Daenerys’ conquests.

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    Iceland


    If the cave where Jon Snow and Ygritte had their steamy encounter isn’t on your Game of Thrones film locations must-see list, I question your fandom. Like many others set north of the Wall, the scene was shot in Iceland—in particular, in a grotto near the lake Mývatn in the north of Iceland. In the early days of filming, the cast braved the snow and wind of the Icelandic winter to film icy scenes at the Vatnajökull glacier (pictured) in limited sunlight. (In the dead of winter, Iceland gets only between four and five hours of sunlight a day). Thingvellir National Park also serves as a Game of Thrones film location during summer months, although Wildlings and Crows alike still wear their winter garb.

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    Malta


    This tiny Mediterranean country has starred as quite a few Game of Thrones locales. Most notable is the Azure Window (pictured), which was the backdrop to Daenerys Targaryen’s marriage to Khal Drogo in the pilot. Since then, the Malta locations—including St. Dominic’s Convent, Fort Ricasoli, Fort St. Angelo, the fortified city of Mdina and Fort Manoel—have served as the sets of various scenes at King’s Landing, including the beheading of Ned Stark, the most devastating scene in the early seasons.

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    Spain


    Seville got more than its 15 minutes of fame as part of Game of Thrones. In town, visit the Real Alcázar (pictured) and step into the Water Gardens of Dorne, where Myrcella was sent to live with her betrothed. Not only are the gardens a must-see on your Game of Thrones quest, they are utterly breathtaking, too. Just outside of Seville, Osuna and Córdoba feature two Game of Thrones film locations that are easily accessible by bus. Walk along the Roman Bridge of Córdoba; with the help of CGI technology for some added drama, it was transformed into the Long Bridge of Volantis. In Osuna, you’ll be transported to the village of Meereen, where the Mother of Dragons reopened Daznak’s fighting pit. (It was filmed in Osuna’s bullring).

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    Croatia


    Dubrovnik and Split share the stage; both were heavily featured Game of Thrones film locations for King’s Landing. From the iconic tower of the Diocletian’s Palace (pictured) and the Fortress of Klis, both a quick bus ride from Split, to the great Walls of Ston, a European landmark in its own right as well as a recognizable structure in Westeros, filming locations in Croatia will transport you to the land of the Seven Kingdoms.

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    Northern Ireland


    The lush countryside of Northern Ireland has stood in for many locations in Westeros. Visit County Londonderry and County Antrim for a peek at a few, including Dragonstone, filmed at the Downhill Strand; the Stormlands, filmed in Larrybane; the Iron Islands, filmed in Ballintoy Harbour; Storm’s End, filmed in Murlough Bay; and The King’s Road, filmed in the Dark Hedges in Country Antrim (pictured). Or head to the southeastern part of the country to County Down to find the landscapes that portrayed River Run and the Haunted Forest, and Castle Ward, where many of the scenes at Winterfell were filmed.

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    Scotland


    Northern Ireland gets a lot of attention—the self-proclaimed Watchers on the Wall fan group has reported Game of Thrones cast sightings from Marble Arches Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh to the North Coast. But the United Kingdom has another place for Game of Thrones fanatics to connect with the beloved Westeros: Scotland. The 13th-century Doune Castle (pictured) stood in as Winterfell in the pilot; later, the Game of Thrones film location moved to Northern Ireland’s Castle Ward.

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