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9 beautiful Game of Thrones landscapes you need to visit

Winter is back, baby! Game of Thrones, your favourite award-winning fantasy TV show of all time, is back on HBO for Season 7. And one thing we can’t get enough of is its gorgeous scenery. Follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters as Skyscanner introduces you to 9 picture perfect locations in Spain and Croatia (plus over 10 bonus locations from Seasons 5 & 6), specially chosen to represent George RR Martin’s world of Westeros. We’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum!


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1. Beach of Itzurun, Zumaia, Basque Country

The breathtaking Itzurun Beach and dramatic Basque coastline is set to be a major game-changing site of Season 7. Not just for Daenerys Targaryen though, this happens to also be a popular surfing spot worth checking out!

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Go surfing here or simply marvel at the dazzling picture perfect seascapes!

2. San Juan de Gaztelugatze, Bermeo, Basque Country

We’re not too sure the exact GoT location for this spot (or maybe we prefer not to include spoilers!) but the striking bridge of San Juan de Gaztelugatze and its double arches make for a rather impressive entrance from the mainland to its connecting islet.

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Which GoT location might the San Juan de Gaztelugatze be?

3. Reales Atarazanas de Sevilla, Seville, Andalusia

While the Alcázar de Sevilla in Seville was previously featured as the Water Palaces of Dorne in Season 5 (see bonus locations below), this season will see focus on Reales Atarazanas de Sevilla, a medieval shipyard with a mesmerising catacomb-like interior.

4. Castle of Almodóvar del Río, Cordoba, Andalusia

A towering icon of Cordoba, Castillo de Almodovar is one of the best preserved castles in the region. Its Middle Age architecture lends a grand atmosphere for Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell!

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The Castle of Almodovar is befitting of the grand House of Tyrell

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5. Cáceres, Extremadura

Thanks to its fusion of Roman, Gothic, Moorish and Renaissance architecture, Cáceres isn’t just a stunning World Heritage City worth visiting, but also the perfect destination for King’s Landing. Season 7 will also see The Castle of Trujillo, possibly as Casterly Rock.

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Cáceres: a majestic and scenic sight to behold.

6. Los Barruecos Natural Park, Cáceres, Extremadura

Appearing for the third time in Game of Thrones, the Los Barruecos Natural Park in Cáceres was reserved for Season 7 scenes with an extremely large cast of hundreds of extras and horses. A huge battle scene will take place here perhaps?

7. Ruins of Italica, Seville, Andalusia

Once a Roman gladiator amphitheatre, it’s no surprise then that there will be Game of Thrones battles aplenty right here amidst these ruins.

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The perfect setting for a Game of Thrones battle!

Bonus places in Spain as seen in Game of Thrones Season 5 & 6!

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A. Bardenas Reales, Navarre – Dothraki Sea

This gorgeously sere sea of aridity, roughly halfway between Zaragoza and Pamplona, made its debut in Season 6, serving as a dramatic background for Daenerys Targaryen as she encounters a hostile khalassar and sics her dragons upon them. This picturesque badlands is filled with odd and dramatic geological formations such as towering spires and flat-topped mesas, and fills visitors with awe and wonder. It’s well worth a visit if you’re passing through the region with your bloodriders!

Odd and dramatic formations of Bardenas Reales, Navarre

The rugged landscapes of Bardenas Reales showcase Daenerys’ martial skills in Season 6.

B. Alcázar de Sevilla – Water Palaces of Dorne

The Kingdom of Dorne in GoT’s Season 5 was filmed in the Alcázar de Sevilla. This 700-year-old former royal palace, which serves as the Water Gardens of Dorne, is where the brother of Prince Oberyn Martell spends most of his time (possibly plotting his brother’s revenge).

In Spain, the site has survived many wars and eras, with one of the palace’s most famous and beautiful features being the ancient baths under the Patio del Crucero. These well-conserved baths (that are rainwater tanks) are known as Los Banos de Dona Maria de Padilla, translated as the Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla.

Stunning rainwater tanks of the Alcázar de Sevilla

This is a pretty beautiful place for plotting, if you ask us!

C. Girona – Oldtown, Braavos and King’s Landing

Several key locations in Game of Thrones were filmed in the old quarters of this medieval city in the northern reaches of Catalonia, a little over 100 km north of Barcelona. Throughout Season 6, Girona has been featured onscreen as Braavos, Oldtown, and even King’s Landing. This quaint little ciudad has many amazing remnants of its distant past, such as a cathedral, a Jewish quarter and intact Arab baths, and makes a wonderful day-trip from Barcelona.

Traditional setting of the Catalonian city of Girona

The Catalonian city of Girona is a very versatile actor accessible from Barcelona. Photo credit: Davidlohr Bueso / Flickr

D. Peñiscola – Meereen

Peñiscola, halfway down the coast of Spain between Valencia and Barcelona on the shores of the idyllic Balearic Sea, is home to a stunning castle that serves as Meereen in Season 6 of the show. The city itself is a fantastic getaway; while you’re there, you’ll enjoy whiling away the hours strolling on the promenade, enjoying the food and drink, splashing in the waves, or just enjoying a siesta.

Beautiful shot of Peñiscola surrounded by beach and waters

Peñiscola is a dream getaway with amazing beaches and a spectacular castle.

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E. Pechina, Alhamila Mountains – Dothraki Sea and Vaes Dothrak

The Andalusian town of Pechina, nestled in the towering Alhamila Mountains, has been inhabited since the days of the Romans, but we’re taking it even further back with Game of Thrones, where it acts as the main city in the Dothraki Sea. East of Malaga, it sits very near the shores of the Mediterranean, and if you’re passing through on your way to Malaga, you’ll have a chance to soak up some history, natural splendour, and local quaintness.

Desert and mountain landscape of Pechina

The ancient town of Pechina plays the role of Vaes Dothrak in Season 6.

F. The Alcazaba of Almeria – Dorne

This ancient fortress in Almeria on the Mediterranean coast of Spain east of Malaga, and the rich golden tones of the landscape surrounding it, was constructed over a thousand years ago; as a reward for its longevity, it played a role in series 6 of the show, standing in for the capital of Dorne.

This is not its first appearance on screen; it has served in Conan the Barbarian, Indiana Jones and James Bond films as well. After you’ve finished exploring, hit the beach, and soak up the warm Mediterranean rays!

Close-up of the ancient fortress in Almeria

The Alcazaba of Almeria is an impenetrable fortress in southern Spain.

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G. Santa Florentina Castle – Horn Hill

This ancient structure, dating back to the 11th century, provides the setting for Samwell Tarly’s return to his ancestral home. The actual castle is privately owned, and houses a museum that can be visited, without laying siege to. Northeast from Barcelona, along the coast, Santa Florentina has been home to human activity since as early as the Roman times.

H. Plaza de toros de Osuna – Arena of Meereen

Serving a major scene in George RR Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, the Plaza de toros de Osuna (or Osuna Bullring) represented the Arena of Meereen in Game of Thrones. This bullfighting ring located in Seville is over 100 years old!

If you’re visiting Osuna (and a die-hard fan), drop by Casa Curro, the first restaurant in town to offer a themed menu devoted to the GoT series. Whipping up special tapas inspired by key characters of the show (including even the late King Joffrey), this is a stop not to be missed.

The bullring in Osuna

_Get your fight on at this iconic bullring in Osuna. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons_

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I. Puente Romano de Córdoba – Long Bridge of Volantis

Joining the two halves of Volantis across the mouth of the Rhoyne, the Long Bridge of Volantis was represented by Puente Romano de Córdoba (the Roman bridge of Cordoba). This Roman bridge is believed to be built by the Romans in the early 1st century BC, spans 247 metres, and has been repaired extensively over the years with its latest restoration in 2006.

Camera trickery helps make Cordoba's bridge appear even longer on TV.

Camera trickery helps make Cordoba’s bridge appear even longer on TV.


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8. Krka National Park – Westeros

A wide variety of flora and fauna alongside the 73 kilometre long Krka River define the idyllic landscape of the Krka National Park, which has been used several times to depict the landscapes of Westeros. Within the park is one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls too: seven stunning waterfalls, Skradinski Buk!

Seven stunning waterfalls of Krka National Park

The beauty of Westeros is captured in the stunning waterfalls and more of this national park.

9. Šibenik – Braavos

In Season 5 of the series, Šibenik, a historic town of Croatia, is set as Braavos, one of the Free Cities across the narrow sea. Braavos is also home to the famous Iron Bank that’s often mentioned in past seasons. With a population of under 50,000, Sibenik is definitely one to fall in love with (in the show and in reality).

Historic waterfront city of Sibenik

Visit Braavos as you explore and fall in love with Šibenik.

Bonus places in Croatia as seen in Game of Thrones Season 5 & 6!

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A. Split – King’s Landing

Featured as King’s Landing and visited by Cersei Lannister in previous seasons, the Diocletian’s Palace in the city of Split is also a UNESCO World Heritage Monument in reality. The palace was initially built by the late Roman emperor Diocletian in preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD.

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Split is one of the most versatile locations of "Game of Thrones" in Croatia.

B. Walls of Ston – King’s Landing

The famous 3.5 mile-long Walls of Ston in Croatia have been featured as the defence surrounding the iconic King’s Landing. This charming Dalmatian town also features some of the rarest oysters in the region, so all seafood aficionados are set to thoroughly enjoy this visit!

Charming town surrounded by greenery and the sea

The Walls of Ston have been repeatedly walls of King’s Landing

C. Klis Fortress – Meereen

Located near the city of Split, the Fortress of Klis is a medieval fortress that’s over 2,000 years old. Located on a mountain pass between Mosor and Kozjak mountains, the Klis Fortress has been used as a strategic defence spot in the late Ottoman advance. In Game of Thrones, this is also one of the places where Daenerys plans her return to power. Although not featured frequently in the series, Klis Fortress is well-worth a visit, especially for the panoramic views it provides.

Ancient historic fortress overlooking beautiful views

The ancient historic Klis Fortress overlooks pretty impressive, silverscreen-worthy views.

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Originally published on 1 April 2015 and updated in June 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

Adapted from an article originally written by Patricia Cuni for Skyscanner.

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