You might think that Game of Thrones - with its medieval setting and fantastical stories of sorcery and dragons - would not have many real life locations to visit, but you'd be wrong. Although the scenery on the HBO show is often as epic as the story lines, a lot of the exteriors and outdoor scenes are shot in very real locations in places like Iceland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Malta, Spain, and Croatia. What are the coolest Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit?
Do you want to propose to your own Khalessi by the Azure Window where Drogo and Daenerys got married? It's a real place. You can also see the fortress where Ned Stark was beheaded, the beech tree-lined road where Arya Stark went on the run, and more of the picturesque locations that we've come to know as King's Landing, Winterfell, the North, the Iron Islands and so on.Which Game of Thrones location is number one on your must-visit list? Vote for your favorite real life locations of Westeros and Essos and start planning an adventure of your own.
Get Lost in the Beauty of the Landscapes of the West
The lush countryside shown in many Game of Thrones episodes is not some green-screen fabrication. It's actually Krka National Park in Croatia, and it's filled with tranquil turquoise streams and waterfalls.
The Mountains Sansa Stark Journeyed Past in Season Five
Most of season five of Game of Thrones was shot in Spain, but you'll notice the topography looks a lot different for the scenes involving Sansa Stark. The Cliff Edge of Binevenagh Mountain is located in Northern Ireland between County Londonderry and County Antrim.
The Seven Kingdoms Are Ruled from Here
King's Landing is the capital of the Seven Kingdoms and the center of a lot of action and intrigue that takes place on Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik, Croatia, the real-life King's Landing, is fortified by stone walls and located on a peninsula surrounded by cliffs.
Daenerys Ruled Over the Walled City of Astapor
In Game of Thrones, Daenerys brought her antislavery philosophy to the walled city of Astapor. Astapor is actually Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The fishing port is known for its fortified wall and for being a '60s hippie haven.