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If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, you know that the show's breathtaking locations are almost as captivating as its intricate plot and unforgettable characters. From ancient castles to dramatic coastlines, the series was filmed in some of the most stunning places around the world. And lucky for travelers and fans, some of these locations are tourist destinations.

With the recent release of House of the Dragon reigniting our passion for the world of Westeros, it's the perfect time to explore the film locations that brought Game of Thrones to life. Here are five iconic Game of Thrones destinations that you should visit in this lifetime.

  • Dubrovnik, Croatia (King’s Landing)

Seen on: Multiple seasons


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Dubrovnik, with its medieval walls and stunning seaside views, doubled as King's Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Walk through the narrow, winding streets of the old town, where Cersei Lannister’s infamous walk of shame took place. The well-preserved walls offer panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the red-tiled roofs below, making you feel like you’ve stepped straight into the heart of Westeros.

Why visit?

Dubrovnik’s blend of historical architecture and scenic beauty makes it a dreamy destination for fans. Besides reliving your favorite GoT moments, you can enjoy excellent cuisine, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant nightlife.

  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain (Dragonstone)

Seen on: Seasons 7 & 8

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet in Spain’s Basque Country, stood in for Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen. The dramatic footbridge leading to the islet, with its winding steps and breathtaking views of the rugged coastline, is an iconic location both in the series and in real life.

Why visit?

The hike to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is an adventure in itself, offering stunning ocean views and a sense of accomplishment when you reach the top. The islet’s chapel and the surrounding natural beauty make it a rewarding visit for both GoT fans and nature enthusiasts.

  • Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland (The Kingsroad)

Seen on: Season 2

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The hauntingly beautiful avenue of beech trees known as the Dark Hedges appeared as the Kingsroad, the longest highway in the Seven Kingdoms. This is where Arya Stark disguised herself as a boy to escape King’s Landing, and where Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon had their final talk before the *actual* Game of thrones began. The intertwining branches form a natural tunnel that’s both eerie and enchanting, perfect for a dramatic stroll.

Why visit?

The Dark Hedges are a photographer’s dream, offering a unique and atmospheric backdrop. Plus, Northern Ireland is packed with other GoT locations and natural wonders, making it a fantastic addition to your travel itinerary.

  • Alcázar of Seville, Spain (Dorne's Water Gardens)

Seen on: Season 5

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The Alcázar of Seville, a stunning palace in Spain, served as the Water Gardens of Dorne. With its intricate Moorish design, lush gardens, and sparkling fountains, it’s easy to see why this location was chosen to represent the luxurious and exotic seat of House Martell.

Why visit?

Beyond its Game of Thrones fame, the Alcázar is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest palaces still in use in Europe. Its rich history, beautiful architecture, and serene gardens make it a must-see for any traveler.

  • Thingvellir National Park, Iceland (The Vale and Lands Beyond the Wall)

Seen on: Multiple seasons

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Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park provided the dramatic backdrop for several key locations, including the Vale and Lands Beyond the Wall. The stark, otherworldly landscapes—featuring rift valleys and crystal-clear waters—bring the wild beauty of the North to life.

Why visit?

Thingvellir is another UNESCO World Heritage site destination and also a haven for nature lovers. Visitors can explore its unique geological features, hike through stunning scenery, and even snorkel or dive in the Silfra fissure, where you can swim between two continents: North America and Europe.


These destinations not only offer a chance to walk in the footsteps of your favorite Game of Thrones characters but also provide rich cultural and natural experiences. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just love exploring new places, these iconic locations are sure to captivate and inspire.

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