5 Top Game Of Thrones Holiday Destinations
Everyone’s talking about Game Of Thrones since last weekend’s Emmy win. Can’t wait until 2016 for season 6? Neither can we, so here are 5 filming locations that just so happen to be holiday destinations, too…
Unless you’ve been on complete social media blackout for the past few days, you probably already know that Game Of Thrones won big at last weekend’s Emmy Awards. The epic HBO series has now scooped a record-breaking 12 awards in the space of a year. And the stars of the show – including Peter Dinklage, AKA Tyrion Lannister – walked the red carpet at a suitably glitzy bash in LA on Sunday night.
The good news is, you don’t have to wait until next year to get another dose of Starks vs. Lannisters. Book a break to any of these holiday destinations and you’ll be following directly in the footsteps of Jon Snow and co. (Yep, we’re firmly in the ‘he’s alive’ camp, and we’re not budging…)
The island of Malta played a starring role in season 1, with the ancient city of Mdina providing the perfect setting for the King’s Landings. Malta’s little sister – the tiny island of Gozo – had a moment in the limelight, too. The unmistakable limestone arch of The Azure Window provided the backdrop for Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding.
In season 2, filming for the King’s Landings scenes moved to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. The city has since become a staple GOT feature and it’s easy to see the appeal – Dubrovnik teams a prime spot on Croatia’s south coast with a long list of ancient sights in its UNESCO-listed old town.
The show’s location scouts settled on the North African country of Morocco for many of Daenerys’ scenes in season 3. Eagle-eyed viewers might recognise Astapor, which is actually the coastal city of Essaouira. You can take a daytrip here from Agadir – the drive takes about 2.5 hours and you’re rewarded with one of the best markets around.
The stark, snow-covered landscapes of Iceland provided the perfect backdrop for scenes ‘north of the wall’ in series 4 (and occasionally series 5). The capital city of Reykjavik is a great starting point if you want to get a feel for the place – it puts you within daytripping distance of the Golden Circle, a 300km loop that ticks off waterfalls, tectonic ridges and the Strokkur geyser. You’re also in a prime location to spot the elusive Northern Lights. Or at least try to.
Spain made a big impression in Game Of Thrones season 5, with Seville doubling up as the fictional city of Dorne. And it’s set to play an even bigger role in series 6, since stars of the show were spotted filming in Girona earlier this month. Book a break to Spain’s Costa Brava and you can see it for yourself – Girona is only a 30-minute drive from the beach resort of Lloret de Mar.