The series finale is finally revealed and either you agree or not with the end of the 8-seasons long saga of the Iron Throne, you cannot deny that these last episodes gave us the chills.
For those who are going to terribly miss our favourite characters and long for some more ice and fire adventures, we have put together a list of holiday destinations that are definitely going to help keeping the magic alive.
Do not miss the opportunity to feel like you are actually in Westeros, visiting some of the series most recognisable filming locations.
Dubrovnik – Croatia
Dubrovnik is one of the most iconic locations of Game of Thrones, setting of the Westeros capital King’s Landing. With its castle, the terracotta-roofed houses and beautiful coastline it will take your breath away. The Old Town became UNESCO Heritage Site in 1979 and it is famous for the walk around the well-preserved city walls, from where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view over the town and the Adriatic Sea.
The Dark Hedges, County Antrim – Northern Ireland
Well-known among the fans since season 1 as Kingsroad, a large highway connecting Castle Black and the Capital, it is on this road that Arya made her escape from King’s Landing disguised as a boy. In the reality, this is probably the most photographed spot in Northern Ireland for the beautiful beech trees branches forming an enchanted setting.
Alcazar, Seville – Spain
The Royal Palace of Alcazar is a Moorish fortress built in the 10th century and the oldest palace in Europe still in use. Its lush garden and tiled courtyard were the perfect set for the private residence of House Martell and Water Gardens of Dorne in series five.
Grjótagjá – Iceland
This beautiful lava cave has become very popular after it appeared in series three, when our beloved Jon Snow took a very romantic dip with the wildling woman Ygritte. It is located in Northern Iceland and it is part of the famous Diamond Circle. The most adventurous visitors can climb the icy passageway and dip their feet in to the relaxing water of the lake below (unfortunately, swimming is not allowed anymore).
Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country – Spain
It is located on the Biscayan coast, and is about 45 minutes’ drive from Bilbao. Its name means “Castle rock” and you can easily understand why it was chosen as the setting for Dragonstone, Daenerys Targaryen’s entry point to Westeros. The island is connected to the mainland by a stone bridge and it features a tiny church on the highest point, which is dedicated to Jean the Baptist. According to the legend, you have to climb the 241 steps of the bridge and ring the church’s bell 13 times to scare away the evil spirits and wish for good luck.
Iceland has been widely used by the Game of Thrones crew for its unique scenery that perfectly fit with the expansive frozen wasteland that lies north of the wall. In season seven, the beautiful black sand beaches of Vík becomes Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, where the Wildlings people come ashore to trade with the men of the Night’s Watch.
Verdala Palace, Malta
The Verdala Palace has been the official summer residence of the President of Malta since 1987. Set in the heart of the idyllic Buskett Gardens with breathtaking views of the island, it appears early in series one as the home of Illyrio Mopatis in Pentos, where the Targaryens live in exile. It is also here that Daenerys meets Khal Drogo for the first time.
A little gem on the Atlantic coast, Essaouira attracts many visitors for its walled Medina (Old Town). It is an outstanding and well-preserved example of European military architecture in North Africa and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001. In series three, Essaouira appears as port city of Astapor where the Mother of Dragons buys her army of Unsullied and prepares to conquer the seven kingdoms.
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