9 Real-Life “Game of Thrones” Settings
Vacation is coming
Fans rejoice: Game of Thrones season 5 is upon us. Maybe you’ve reread all the books or binge-watched every last episode in preparation of the season opener, but there's another way to really experience your favorite show.
For the HBO series, George R.R. Martin's fictional seven kingdoms were actually filmed in these nine real destinations around the world. Maybe it's time to book a GOT getaway.
King’s Landing looks a whole lot more peaceful without Joffrey in the picture.
The land beyond the wall, duh.
Azure Window, Gozo, Malta
Obviously, we all remember where Khaleesi got married. And then what happened next...
Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Keep an eye out for the Night’s Watch wandering through these interlacing beech trees of Kingsroad.
On the show, it's where Daario Naharis defeats the champion of the enslaved city of Meereen. In real life, it's a popular tourist destination as the second largest city in Croatia and home to some of Europe's most beautiful beaches.
Red Citadel of Aďt Benhaddou, Morocco
Because small dragons are not enough protection, Khaleesi travels to this fiery setting (a real-life UNESCO World Heritage Site) in search of an army. Nonetheless, the Red Citadel is a chic getaway for anyone, with or without dragons.
Remember when Ygritte steals Jon Snow’s “sword”? Yeah…that was in this cave.
Doune Castle, Scotland
This medieval castle located in Stirling, Scotland makes an appearance in the series?s very first episode as the setting of Winterfell. Go visit, and pour one out for Ned Stark.
Alcázar of Seville, Spain
Season 5 spoiler alert!