Game of Thrones Filming Locations – Part Two

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Morocco

Morocco, one of the few non-European filming locations, is only featured in Season 3 to represent Astapor and Yunkai in Slaver’s Bay. 

Aït-Ben-Haddou – Image by Walkerssk from Pixabay 
  • Aït-Ben-Haddou, a 17th-century city located between Marrakesh and the Sahara Desert, was used for scenes in Yunkai and some scenes featuring Daenerys’s army camp.
  • Essaouira, once a hippie favorite along the Atlantic coast, is Astapor in GoT is home to the Unsullied.
  • The Altas Corporation Studios outside of Ouarzazate is a huge film studio in the Moroccan desert. Many Pentos scenes are filmed here.

Things to do

  1. Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Guided Day Tour from Marrakech
  2. Full-Day Tour to Essaouira – The Ancient Mogador City
  3. The Atlas Mountains and 4 Valleys Guided Day Tour
  4. Camel and Quad Biking Tour
  5. Sunset Camel Ride in the Palm Grove of Marrakech

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Malta

Before “Game of Thrones” moved to Croatia for filming, it used a number of places around Malta to represent King’s Landing, the Red Keep, and Pentos in Season 1. Malta is a small archipelago country in the middle of the Mediterranean.

Mdina Gate – Image by photosforyou from Pixabay 

Locations Used for Pentos:

  • The Verdala Palace, built in 1586, is the president’s official summer residence. In the show, it serves as Illyrio Mopatis’ mansion where we first meet Daenerys and Viserys.
  • Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s Dothraki wedding takes place at the Azure Window in Gozo, which sadly collapsed.
  • The Mtahleb Valley is where Drogo’s funeral takes place in the finale.
  • Fort Ricasoli, the largest fort in Malta, is used to represent the Red Keep.
  • Fort St. Angelo in Birgu is used for the dungeon scenes.
  • San Anton Palace, the official presidential residence, is used for Red Keep exterior shots.
  • Fort Manoel in Giza is the Great Sept of Baelor and might give you some Season 1 finale shivers.
  • Mdina Gate where Catelyn and Ned Stark bid each other farewell
  • The Cloister of St. Dominic Monastery in Rabat is used as the gardens where Ned confronts Cersei.

Things to do

  1. ‘Game of Thrones’ Filming Locations Tour
  2. Gozo Full-Day Quad Tour with Private Boat (avoid the queues)
  3. Mdina Small-Group Walking Tour
  4. Malta Sightseeing Tour: Mdina, Mosta Dome, and Ta Qali Crafts Village
  5. Rabat Mdina and San Anton Gardens Group Tour with St. Paul’s Catacombs

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Spain

Almería

Almería is a coastal city in Andalusia. There are a number of places around the city that double as parts of Essos and Dorne. 

Alcazaba de Almería  – Image by Benreis [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
  • The Alcazaba de Almería for scenes around Dorne
  • El Chorrillo de Sierra Alhamilla doubles Vaes Dothrak.
  • The Tabernas Desert doubles as parts of the Dothraki Sea.
  • Both Mesa Roldán and Sorbas are used for scenes outside of Meereen

Things to do

  1. Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens Day Trip
  2. Full-Day Western Theme Park Tour of Mini Hollywood
  3. Cabo de Gata – Guided tour in kayak and snorkeling at Níjar Natural Park

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Cordoba

Cordoba was used for a few different scenes in GoT

The Roman Bridge – Image by Waldo Miguez from Pixabay 

The Roman Bridge is used to represent the Long Bridge of Volantis, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in the city. I’ll never forget crossing this bridge and then getting stuck on one side when it started to downpour out of nowhere.

The Castillo de Almódovar del Río, a Moorish castle built in 760, is used for Highgarden scenes. Its dungeons and fortress are used to represent Casterly Rock.

Things to do

  1. Cordoba Day Trip from Seville
  2. Walking Tour with Arabian Baths Experience
  3. Flamenco Show at Tablao El Cardenal
  4. Foodie Day Trip: Hidden places

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Girona

Girona is a city in the northern province of Catalonia. It’s used mainly for Braavos and a few King’s Landing: 

Catedral de Santa María – Image by Carlos Delgado [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons
  • Catedral de Santa María is the Sept Baelor was used as King’s Landing
  • You’ll recognize Sant Pere de Galligants from Arya and the Waif’s fight scene.
  • The Placa dels Jurats serves as a Braavosi Theater.
  • The streets of Ferran el Católic, Sant Martí, and L’Escola Pia are also used in Braavosi street market scenes.

Things to do

  1. ‘Game Of Thrones’ Walking Tour of Girona
  2. Costa Brava Adventure
  3. Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Volcanoes of Catalonia (incl. breakfast)

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Seville

The House Martell plot might not be everyone’s favorite. However, as far as Game of Thrones filming locations, no one would argue that Seville is one of the most stunning areas.

Most of the filming for Dorne was done at the Alcázar de Sevilla.

Alcázar de Sevilla – Image by Adam Hill from Pixabay 

Plaza de Toros in nearby Osuna served as the Daznak Pit where Daenerys faces off with the Mereen slave masters.

Other filming locations in Spain

When news of Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara broke as a filming location because most book fans immediately guessed what it would be. The castle, built in the 12th century, is the Tower of Joywhich is supposed to be in Dorne’s Red Mountains.

Pensícola, a Mediterranean town in the Castellón region serves as parts of Meereen while the Bardenas Reales in Navarre doubles as parts of the Dothraki Sea. Castello de Santa Florentina in Barcelona is the House of Tarley’s Horn Hill.

Itzurun Beach in Zumaia is used for when Dany arrives to Dragonstone.

Things to do

  1. Flamenco Show at Tablao Flamenco El Arenal
  2. Seville Electric Bike Tour
  3. Olive Oil Farm Tour
  4. Evening Tapas Tour with Wine
  5. Scooter tours

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4 thoughts on “Game of Thrones Filming Locations – Part Two”

  1. An incredible journey I have been on today within this post and what amazing places all steeped in so much history and beauty.

    I love the game of thrones and seeing all this in here takes me into some of the scenes and wow- Incredible and the time and money spent on creating this series in mind-blowing.

    you are amazing sharing all this wonderful information and I have learned so much reading about these glorious places thank you

  2. Hi Tarun! I really enjoyed your first post. And couldn’t stay away from the second. There are locations in Spain and Morocco that I really want to visit. I have felt attracted to Cordoba (thanks for sharing your experience at the roman bridge) and Seville (love the Alcázar de Sevilla).

    And this 17th-century city called Aït-Ben-Haddou in Morocco has impressed me. Thanks for this second post!

  3. Hi Tarun, an absolute great read. I love game of thrones although I am a little upset that it is now finished 🙁
    I’m planning a road trip from the UK to France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco this coming winter. Without a doubt I will be heading to many of these locations.

    I have book marked this page and it will be my reference on the impending road trip so thank you very much for writing.

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