Game of Thrones is one of the most popular television programs of the past decade. This HBO program transported viewers to the magical worlds of Westeros and Essos, telling stories of medieval realism through the actions of memorable characters.
While the worlds in which this story took place might seem computer-generated, most of them were shot in real places. Spain has a huge concentration of filming sites for the series, so let’s take a look at some of the most memorable that you can visit.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet off of the northern coast of the Basque Country, is a dramatic hilltop chapel that was transformed into Dragonstone, the birthplace of Daenerys Targaryen. This magical place is only a short drive away from the region’s largest city, Bilbao.
Real Alcazar de Sevilla
The Water Gardens of Dorne looked like something straight out of the Arabian Peninsula when it appeared in Season 5 of the series, but this scene was actually shot in the Real Alcazar in the southern Spanish city of Seville. This Moorish palace dates back to the 10th century and can still be visited in all of its splendor.
Las Bardenas Reales
Northeastern Spain’s desert-like region of Las Bardenas Reales, located in the province of Navarre, in a remote area, feature dramatic natural sandstone arches and formations. For the series, this dreamlike landscape stood in for the Dothraki Sea, and you can take a hike and feel like you’re in Essos if you visit this desert region.