A Land of Ice and Fire

16/03/2016 13:25

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

Celebrate Season 7 of Game of Thrones hitting our screens by taking a look at some of the locations that have starred in the show.

Spain

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe  

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Spain by pelop, Shutterstock© pelop, Shutterstock

This spectacularly perched hermitage, on the site of a former castle, is the real-life location of Dragonstone, where Daenerys returned in the first episode of Season 7. 

Croatia

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Croatia by © Croatian Tourist Board© Croatian Tourist Board

A key location in filming, Dubrovnik stars as King's Landing, capital of Westeros and home to it's hotly (and bloodily) contested Iron Throne. The Bokar and Lovrijenac forts are used as the setting of multiple scenes, particularly as the characters survey the destruction of the Battle of Blackwater, and the city's Minčeta Tower is used as the House of the Undying in Qarth.

Lokrum

Lokrum Croatia by © Nadezhda1906, Shutterstock© Nadezhda1906, Shutterstock

Dubrovnik's offshore nature reserve, the island of Lokrum is just a 15-minute boat-ride from the old town quay, and was used as the location of the garden party in Qarth attended by Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.

Split

Diocletian's Palace Split Croatia by WitR, Shutterstock© WitR, Shutterstock

The biggest draw in Croatia's second city, Split's Diocletian's Palace remains, thanks to over 1,700 years of builders' alterations, a stunning and impressive landmark. The Palace was used as a location for the city of Meereen, including the underground chambers where Daenerys keeps her dragons. 

Iceland

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park Iceland by Smallredgirl Dreamstime© Smallredgirl, Dreamstime 

Iceland's most visited natural attraction outside Reykjavík, Thingviller is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Icelandic parliament was first established in 930. In Game of Thrones it stars as the landscape Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane travel through at the beginning of Season 4. 

Vatnajökull

Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland Ollie Taylor, Shutterstock© Ollie Taylor, Shutterstock

Averaging 500m in thickness and with a surface area of 8,300km2, Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe and the third largest in the world (after the ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland). This made it the perfect location for filming scenes beyond the Wall, a land of wildlings, white walkers and giants. 

 

Malta & Gozo

Mdina

Mdina Cathedral Malta by © www.viewingmalta.com© Visit Malta

Before Dubrovnik, this ancient Maltese city was the producers' choice for King's Landing. 

Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo Valletta Malta by Cecilia Lim Dreamstime© Cecilia Lim, Dreamstime

A dominating presence at the tip of the Vittoriosa Peninsula, Fort St Angelo is the oldest extant fort in Malta. Soon to be opened to the public, after a €15m project largely funded by the EU, the Fort was used as the location for the Red Keep's dungeons in Season 1.    


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