11 Places All "Game Of Thrones" Fans Need To Visit
Game of Thrones may not be real, but many of the beautiful locations where the series is filmed are. Travel by dragon still not an option, though.
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik is a walled city right on the Adriatic Sea in the southern part of Croatia. It is one of the best tourist destinations of the Mediterranean for its unique architecture, seaside charm, and heritage. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The city's aura also makes it the perfect place to film for King's Landing. At least when you go you don't have to worry about Joffrey.
2. Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Vatnajökull is Europe's largest glacier and this national park encompasses large parts of it. The Vatnajökull Region is well known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. This large glacier was the perfect place for filming scenes north of the wall. Beware of White Walkers.
3. Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Ireland
Tollymore Forest Park is located in Bryansford near the town of Newcastle in Northern Ireland. The park offers mountainous views and seascapes, not to mention several trails. It's also a great place to pull an Arya and pretend you're traveling home to Winterfell.
4. Doune Castle, Stirling, Scotland
Doune Castle was built near the end of the 1300s for the Duke of Albany. It still stands, well preserved, today. Doune Castle was perfect for depicting Winterfell. Just beware, because winter is coming.
5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges is a very well-known tree tunnel near Armoy in Northern Ireland. The stretch of beech trees has been around for over 200 years and still stands today. It's known for being a tad creepy with several legends about hauntings. So naturally, it was a natural choice for shots in this dark series.
6. Mourne Mountains, Ireland
The Mourne Mountains, located in County Down in Northern Ireland, is a range of granite mountains and astounding natural beauty. Some of Ireland's tallest mountains are part of the Mournes. It's also a wonderful area to pretend you're on your way to Vaes Dothrak.
7. Mdina, Malta
Mdina is an ancient city filled with rich history and culture. It's known for being the home to the Apostle St. Paul after he shipwrecked on the islands over 4,000 years ago. Since then, it has served as the home for some of Malta's most noble families. But more importantly, it has served as the Great Sept of Baelor.
8. Split, Croatia
Split rests on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The city is centered on the structure of an ancient Roman palace. The city is over 1,700 years old. With a delightful mix of culture and similar oceanside views to the one that the Mother of Dragons herself looked upon, Split is a must-see.
9. Essaouira, Morocco
Essaouira lies on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. A beach town with a relaxing atmosphere, this town is a hidden gem. There are markets and beaches galore. And with beaches come magnificent seafood. And, of course, it's also a great Astapor.
10. Island of Gozo, Malta
The Island of Gozo is known for its beauty and mystical charm. Gozo is also considered to be the actual Calypso Isle from Homer's Odyssey. It's the perfect place for diving, exploring, and adventure of all kind. Or to build a camp after being exiled from your former Dothraki tribe. Whatever you're into.
11. Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland
Grjótagjá Cave, Iceland...where you too can make whoopee like a wildling! Grjótagjá is a small cave in the Lake Mývatn area. For years, its thermal water was a tourist attraction for many. Since then, the water has since become too hot for visitors. However, this cave is still one of the world's greatest natural beauties.