Grab your Valyrian Steel and find a proper squire, because today we ride for Westeros. “Game of Thrones” has taken us to some pretty amazing places, so today we’re going there for real. Discover 11 jaw-dropping, real-life locations where the show was filmed.
From Dorne to Essos, this is your best chance to see these places thanks to the photos of our very own PicsArtists. You won’t find any dragons, but you will find some enchanting destinations that will open your eyes to some of the world’s most heart-stopping sights. Still, we weren’t kidding about that Valyrian steel. You can never be too safe.
1. Forests of Winterfell
Tollymore Forest, Northern Ireland
Photo by @loriem
Remember the forest where the Stark children found the Dire Wolf pups in the first season? Well if you want to go hunting like a Stark, ride for Tollymore in Northern Ireland.
2. The Old Palace of Dorne
Alcázar de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Photo by @harppo
Yes, the seat of your favorite Dornish princes and princesses is in Seville, Spain. Built by the Moorish kings, Alcázar de Sevilla is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and the current residence of the Spanish Royal family. It’s also where Prince Doran was seen overlooking the water gardens as Oberyn’s widow Ellia tried to goad him into starting a revenge war.
3. The Kingsroad
The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
The Kingsroad is the longest highway in the Seven Kingdoms, running from King’s Landing to the Wall, where we saw Arya and Gendry ride for Castle Black. In reality, however, the Kingsroad is the Dark Hedges of Ballymoney, a long road lined with Beach trees leading up to a mansion.
4. King’s Landing
Photo by @raugas
The capital of Westeros is almost entirely filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, a medieval old city along the Adriatic Sea that looks stuck in time. Even without the CGI, except for the occasional satellite dish, Dubrovnik doesn’t seem to have changed much for the past 100 years.
5. The Red Keep
Fort Lovrjenac, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo by @raugas
The Red Keep, the famous palace from which the kings and queens of Westeros rule the Seven Kingdoms, is actually just Dubrovnik’s Fort Lovrjenac with a serious CGI makeover.
6. Yunkai and Pentos
Photo by @yougatagahakim
The ancient city of Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco has long had filmmakers drooling over its intact red walls. In Game of Thrones, Ait-Ben-Haddou was called on not once but twice to serve as Pentos and Yunkai. The former is where Daenerys first took refuge with her brother Viserys in the first season, and the latter is the second slave city to fall to Daenerys’s army.
Photo by @mohsinnet
Before marching on Yunkai, Daenerys first needed an army. The city of Essaouira, also in Morocco, served as the port city Astapor where Daenerys bought and freed her slave army known as the Unsullied before burning the whole place down with her dragons.
8. Beyond the Wall
Photo by @sigiha
The Lake Myvatin region of northern Iceland, Svínafellsjökull Glacier, and Þingvellir National Park are just some of the Icelandic landscapes that played the backdrops to John Snow’s expeditions into white walker country. Welcome to the icy tundras beyond the wall that Ygritte called home.
9. Iron Islands
Ballintoy Harbour, Northern Ireland
Photo by @judiberks
Ballintoy Harbour in Northern Ireland plays the rocky coastline of the Iron Islands, where Reek — we mean Theon — returned home to the Greyjoy Family at Robb Stark’s behest.
10. The Eyrie
Photo by @dafni
You won’t find a moondoor here, but Meteora, Greece, does have some massive sandstone pillars with various monasteries perched on their crests. This is where the mountains of the Eyrie were filmed, the sky high region that has seen many of Game of Throne’s biggest characters fear for their lives.
11. Dothraki Wedding
Azure Window, Malta
Photo by @mohola
This limestone arch on the Gozo Island of Malta may not jump out to you as a familiar Game of Thrones location right off the bat, but maybe it’s for the best. The Azure Window was the backdrop to Daenerys’ very unromantic wedding to Khal Drogo. Still, it is a breathtaking place with not so many Dothraki hordes but quite a few scuba divers.