Love Game of Thrones? Here’s how to be a GOT- Inspired Tourist

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Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. GOT is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. The series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism. As well as floundering of violence, words of nudity, naughty acts, general violence, fiery dragons, GAME OF THRONES has introduced us to unimaginative wonders. Here’s the list of some epic Filming Locations of GOT (Game of Thrones)  fans can explore:

Filming Locations of GOT (Game of Thrones) 

1. Northern Ireland

Ballintoy Harbour

Known as a ‘raised beach’, it is located alongside the B15 coast road, 17 miles north-east of Coleraine and five miles west of Ballycastle. The dramatic rocky coast of the iron islands sits in this small and picturesque fishing harbour. For those looking to capture a true sense of Irish rural life, it is an ideal stop over whilst touring the coastal route. It’s where Theon Greyjoy returns after his ordeal with Ramsay Bolton to reconnect with sister Yara. 

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking rock columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. Start with a visit to the caves of Cushenden where Red priestess Melisandre gave birth to her shadow assassin baby, then head over to Ballycastle, where Varys was born as a slave in the free cities.

Dark Hedges Road

It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland. This mystical archway of intertwined trees is the Kingsroad, the giant highway that runs from King’s Landing to the wall, including a stop at Winterfell.

2. Morocco

Essaouira

Essaouira, formerly known as Mogador, is a city in the western Moroccan economic region of Marrakesh-Safi, on the Atlantic coast. The modern name means “the little rampart”, a reference to the fortress walls that still enclose part of the city. Games of Thrones fans will recognize the scenery as the decaying Astapor, home to the Eunuch slave soldiers known as the Unsullied, where Daenerys is almost assassinated.

Ait Benhaddou

Aït Benhaddou is an ighrem along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens attracted by the tourist trade live in more modern dwellings in a village on the other side of the river, although there are four families still living in the ancient village. Inside the walls of the ksar are half a dozen (Kasbahs) or merchants houses and other individual dwellings, and is a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture. This designated UNESCO World Heritage Site represented Yunkai, or the Yellow City traveled by The Mother of Dragons.

3. Croatia

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. In 1979, the city of Dubrovnik joined the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is the site of betrayals, a beheading, the fateful purple wedding, and Cercie’s very public humiliation by the High Sparrow. The Mincenta Tower served as the house of undying that Daenerys faces to get her dragons back.

Sibenik

Šibenik is a historic city in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Šibenik is a political, educational, transport, industrial and tourist center of Šibenik–Knin County and also the 3rd largest city in the historic region of Dalmatia. It is the oldest native Croatian town on the shores of the sea. This city provided the perfect setting for Bravvos, where Arya Stark was trained by the Faceless Man at the House of Black and White, before setting off to avenge her family.

4. Spain

Almeria

Almera is a city in Andalusia, Spain, situated in the southeast of Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. It is the capital of the province of the same name. It was Abd-ar-Rahman III who founded the Alcazaba (the Citadel), which gave this city its name: Al-Mari’yah (the Watchtower). It was the key location for GOT’s fifth and six series.

Seville

Seville is the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. It’s famous for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighborhood. Major landmarks in Seville include the ornate Alcázar castle complex, built during the Moorish Almohad dynasty, and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and a minaret turned bell tower, the Giralda. Seville is the home to the Moor’s serene Royal Alcazar, one of the country’s most beautiful royal palaces which doubles as Dorne’s palace.

5. Iceland

Reykjavik

Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills.  It’s an essential part of any GOT pilgrimage, you can also join for plenty of local GOT tours.

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