Game of Thrones has the world spellbound and with eight seasons out, it’s a series that no one wants to see end. When GOT says it’s goodbyes, what will fans do next? One thing that some fans enjoy is to travel to places that remind them of their favorite shows. That could be a great way to not only share the love that you have for the show, but also see all the beautiful locations that were part of the show. There were many stunning scenes throughout the series and there are plenty of locations all over the world that can make you feel like you are living in the lands of Game of Thrones.
You may not be a part of that wonderful fictional world, but there are many real-life locations that can be seen on your next vacation. The sky is the limit for the amazing places available for you to see. It will have you booking a vacation in no time. You could travel from Ireland to Spain and that’s just the beginning. Check out these 20 places every Games of Thrones fan needs to travel to.
20 San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain
It probably looks a lot like Dragonstone from GOT and the fact is that you can visit this gorgeous place yourself. This path exists just like it did in the series and you will feel like you are following along the same footsteps that Jon and Dany did. You can slowly make your way up the winding path and admire all the breathtaking views that surround you. You won’t find a castle at the top, but you will see a little church. We won’t see an end to GOT until 2019, but even Sophie Turner thinks the whole thing is “bittersweet.”
19 Itzurun Beach, Zumaia, Spain
Just in case you need any more reason to go to Spain and basically stay there forever, here is what one of the beaches looks like. Seriously, it’s hard to believe that these locations actually exist, they are so beautiful. There is plenty of sand and sea there and it is bordered by amazing rock formations. These beaches, of course, would be part of Dragonstone from Game of Thrones. There are real caves in these rock formations and they are the same ones that Jon Snow goes into in search of dragonglass. You don’t get much cooler than that.
18 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia is considered to be “unique and bewitching” which makes us want to book a trip immediately. It’s, of course, another location that was shot in the series. With the forts and secret alleys, there is plenty to discover in Dubrovnik. "At the end of the very last script, they read aloud, "End of Game of Thrones." As soon as they read that out, pretty much everyone burst into tears," Turner teased. "There was a standing ovation for [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss]. We were all clapping and cheering. It was amazing."
17 Los Barruecos in Cáceres, Spain
All these Spain locations may just have us packing our bags to live there forever. This very natural area was also the location for the “The Spoils of War” loot train attack. You will feel like you are back in the medieval days in a place like this. Sure, they may have been warring on these lands in the series, but just be thankful that you missed it. With a natural landscaping like this one, you will have a phone full of photos.
16 The Alcázar, Seville, Spain
You might recognize this as the Water Gardens of Dorne from Game of Thrones. The upper levels of the Alcázar are home to a royal family. It’s certainly a stunning place to see. There are plenty of visitors to the Alcázar every year and they come in the thousands. These lush gardens are so much more beautiful in person and you can spend a lot of time there. Every day, there are about 8,000 visitors and it’s considered to be one of the most-visited Seville attractions.
15 Aït Benhaddou, Morocco
Don’t these old cities just take your breath away? This small fortress is at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and it’s not just Game of Thrones that have made use of the location. It’s been in many blockbusters including Gladiator. Sophie Turned said she found the last script to be “a shock to the system. We actually realized, reading that 'end of Game of Thrones line' [at the end of the table read], that that was it. When you're in it, you don't really see an end point.
It's just an ongoing thing you're living with.
It was a real shock. It was really sad, but there was an immense amount of pride, too."
14 Plaza de Toros, Osuna, Spain
This is one attraction that many people want to check out for themselves. Not only was it part of Game of Thrones, but it was also transformed into the arena for the movie Gladiator. It was picked for GOT because it resembled places found in Croatia. Medieval places like these are always popular for movies. "All of us have always had discussions about theories about what we think is going to happen — who's going to die, who's going to end up ruling. Now, we know," she says.
"It almost feels like another one of our theories. It doesn't even feel like it's what's actually happening.
It's very satisfying,” Turner stated.
13 The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Ireland should already be on your bucket list, but now, this place gives you another reason to visit. If you ever wanted to see what it would feel like to be in a mysterious and eerie place, then Ireland should be your next country. This is actually one of the most photographed places in all of Northern Ireland and we can totally see why. The serpentine beech trees are breathtaking and of course, it’s recognized as the grand highway that runs from Castle Black to the capital in Game of Thrones.
12 Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Córdoba, Spain
Castles are always great places to visit when you are on vacation. This castle, of course, used to be a Roman Fort, but after it was conquered and then rebuilt in 760, it is now the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río. It’s an amazing place to explore, especially the martial towers which give you pretty amazing views of the Guadalquivir River. No one wants to see the season end, but according to Turner, there's a lot in store for us. "More relationships formed this season than any other. And more people meeting and more conspiracies and plotting and forming of alliances," Turner hinted.
11 The Castle of Trujillo in Cáceres, Spain
It’s not the first castle we've seen and it probably won’t be the last. Spain is filled with all sorts of amazing castles which is what GOT is all about.
"The greater the fantastical elements become, and the more epic it becomes with the fighting and everything, the greater the character-driven storylines become as well, and the more epic they become.”
It doesn’t look like anyone could get through this 13th century castle. These places always make for great adventures if that’s the kind of vacation that you are looking for.
10 Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland
As if you needed another reason to visit Northern Ireland — the Mourne Mountains are also called the Silent Valley and it’s definitely a serene environment. It was also the scenery for Dany to come into the Dothraki holy land. The Silent Valley works well for a holy land. You won’t find the iconic gate or even the horse fighting statues, but what you will find is some of the most gorgeous scenery in the whole world. The mountains are breathtaking and there is green as far as the eye can see.
9 Doune Castle, Scotland
Scotland is filled with amazing things to see and if you are taking a trip there, then you don’t want to miss out on seeing the Doune Castle. The Lord’s Tower is something you are going to want to see because it was from Game of Thrones. The castle features a nature walk on the grounds for any tourists in the area. You might recognize it as House of Bolton, which also happens to be near Stirling district where some of the scenes of Winterfell were filmed.
8 The Royal Dockyards in Seville, Spain
Spain will certainly keep you busy if you head for your vacation there. It may just look like a cool place to visit, but it’s so much more than that. Robert McLachlan, who is the director of photography for Game of Thrones, stated that it’s actually a "huge series of art galleries, which are actually open to the sky." They had to black out the area so that it would look like it was enclosed. If you love art, then it’s definitely a gallery that you should put on your bucket list.
7 Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland
If Iceland isn’t on your list of travel destinations, then that has to change immediately. It’s one of the most beautiful places you could ever go to. These locations always have that mysterious vibe to them like they are from another time. One of the coolest aspects of Vik is the black sandy beaches which we saw in Game of Thrones. The frozen wasteland is definitely something you are going to want to see firsthand so that you can have some pictures to show off as well. Imagine a closeup of you laying on a black sandy beach. It’s epic!
6 Castle of Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain
You might want to start taking notes if you are planning to go to Spain because you will have a lot to do. It’s the only castle or building like it in the area and is said to have been built in the 12th or 13th century. You can get to it by a dirt road and most people take a car to visit the site. There is a village called Hombrados, which is nearby, and that’s where you would access the dirt road. It’s about two and a half hours away from the city of Madrid.
5 Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland
If you like exploring glaciers, then this might be the coolest place ever to visit. This is only part of Iceland’s enormous Vatnajökull glacier. We saw this in Game of Thrones as well. Iain Glen said this of the final script: “I am one of the few people who has read the script and I know the ending and what happens,” Glen told The India Express.
“When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant. I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes, but we will just have to see.
You know with something this big like Game of Thrones, you cannot please everyone.”
4 Essaouira, Morocco
If you love small towns that are steeped in history, then you must check out this small area in Morocco. Just look at the gorgeous colors involved in the architecture. It was once a haven for pirates and then a refuge for musicians. How mysterious and romantic does that sound? In the '60s, Cat Stevens and Jimi Hendrix would go there to hide out. Now it’s become part of Game of Thrones.
“All I can say is that we will be doing what we have done before and the writers have written great episodes.
They have had a great strike rate up to now and I am sure that will continue,” stated Glen.
3 Bardenas Reales, Spain
We saw this gorgeous area of desert in season six of Game of Thrones. It would be a fun place to spend some time discovering the area. You can actually explore the area by horseback if you'd like. Do we expect a happy ending with the show? Hannah Murray said, “I knew to expect the unexpected,” Murray told Watchers on the Wall.
“Anything that felt too obvious to me, I knew was not going to be what [happened].
So there were certain things where I was like, ‘Well it can’t be that but I don’t know what it is going to be’.”
2 Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
If you love to fish, then this quaint little fishing village is going to be paradise for you. Not only is it a cool place to visit with has a Game of Thrones plaque in the village, but it has gorgeous views that you won’t be able to get enough of. It’s really going to be interesting to see how they end the series. Murray added,
“It’s not like a fairytale happy ending by any means at all and I think it’s a really wonderful final season.
I’m really excited for people to get to see it.”
1 Trsteno Arboretum, Trsteno, Croatia
This is one of the most beautiful gardens in Croatia and it’s not to be missed. In the 15th century it was built by a noble family and it is home to thousands of exotic and rare plants from all over the world. It’s a gorgeous place that you won’t want to skip on your trip. There is also a gorgeous pavilion on the edge that looks out at the Adriatic. There aren’t too many places as gorgeous as this one is. At least the shows ending will be epic. “Here’s what I’ll tell you,” Bloys told EW. “They take the time they need to do the show at its highest level of quality. As the show has gone on, it’s gotten bigger — big battle scenes, big special effects.”