Game of Thrones is one of the hottest series on TV and the cinematography has a lot to do with it. It is beautiful to watch. The sweeping landscapes and historic cities spark the wanderlust in us all. We’ve had the chance to visit many of Game of Thrones Filming locations around the world and can understand why it is such a visually beautiful movie. Producers have chosen wisely when picking sets around the world. Game of Thrones films on two continents and no less than eight different countries.
1. Klis, Croatia – City of Meereen
You can take a tour of Meereen (complete with local gossip about goings-on at the HBO show’s set) while in Croatia, or simply pretend like you’re breaking the chains of Meereenese slaves — it’s your prerogative.
2. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland – The Kingsroad
Christ, those trees are beautiful, right? The avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century in the hopes of impressing visitors as they approached the entrance to their mansion, Gracehill House. We reckon they succeeded.
3. Dimmuborgir, Iceland – Castle Black
Take a tour of Castle Black when visiting Iceland, and they’ll also show you around the cave where Jon and Ygritte broke his Night’s Watch vows (the seventh location on this list)
4. Alcázar de Sevilla, Seville, Spain – Winter Palaces of Dorne
Used to stand in for the private residence of Prince Doran Martell (before the Sand Snakes got involved), the venue was previously occupied by Catholic monarchs, having been developed by Moorish Muslim kings. Known as one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain, the upper levels are still used by the royal family as their official Seville residence.
5. Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland – Beyond the Wall
This national park is almost too beautiful to imagine White Walkers smattering the landscape . . . almost.
6. Grjótagjá, Iceland – Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love grotto
Used for Jon and Ygritte’s trist, Grjótagjá is a small lava cave near Lake Mývatn in north-east Iceland. Although outside the cave is all snow and ice, the water in the spring can get up to 50°C. So we don’t blame the couple for stripping off.
7. Trsteno Arboretum, Croatia – King’s Landing gardens
There are beautiful fountains, vine-filled pergolas, bougainvillea bushes and pavilions as far as the eye can see. It was erected in the late 15th century by the Gozze family, who requested that ship captains bring back seeds and plants from their travels. It has been the property of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1948.