If you have not been living under a rock, then the Game of Thrones‘ (GOT from here on) buzz has definitely reached your ears, and if you hadn’t before now, you may have just caught the ”fever”. This is more intense than you thought!
Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels. The series premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and will conclude with its eighth season, which premiered on April 14, 2019.
Now let’s talk filming location. The show is filmed in different parts of the world, which are now tourist attraction sites, due to the large and widely acclaimed nature and followership of the series.
Some of these now-so-popular locations include:
King’s Landing-Dubrovnik, Croatia
King’s Landing is the seat of the king of the seven kingdoms and home to the famous Iron Throne. This location was set in the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, and is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Palace of Dorne-Real Alcázar Palace, Seville, Spain
Dorne is one of the seven kingdoms under the rule of King’s Landing, and the Palace of Dorne is the home of the Dorrnish prince and several interesting characters such as the Sand Snakes, prince Oberyn and so on. This location is set in Reales Alcázares de Sevilla (or “Royal Alcazars of Seville”) which is a royal palace in Seville, Spain. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Winterfell, being one of the most popular settings of the movie is home to one of the most popular families; the Starks. A huge chunk of the narrative is centered on various members of this family, and they play a huge role in the telling of the tale. Winterfell is set in Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune, in the Stirling district of central Scotland.
Iron Islands- Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland
The Iron Islands, home of the GreyJoys, one of the seven kingdoms and home seat of the salt throne. This is another location that was key in the telling of the GOT tale and is set in Murlough Bay in Nortern Ireland. Murlough Bay is known for its outstanding beauty and remote location.
Dothraki Sea- Glens Of Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Dothraki sea is a large (as in, extra extra extensive) expanse of tall blades of grass that mark the beginning of the Dothraki territory, a tribe of savage horse riders who are known for their great skills in battle.
Their addition to the plot of the tale makes for a very spicy side dish, and adds colour to the story. The “sea” is set in the Glens of Antrim. Known locally as simply The Glens, it is a region of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It comprises nine glens (valleys), that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. The Glens are an area of outstanding natural beauty and are a major tourist attraction in north Antrim.
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You will do well to see the movie series first though, just so you have enough background knowledge to truly understand and appreciate what you see and hear there.