Game of Thrones: Scenes filmed in Spain

Did you know that many scenes in Game of Thrones were filmed in Spain?  

If you are a fan of the series Game of Thrones, you might have noticed that many of the episodes were filmed in Spain. Are you ready to follow in the footsteps of the Starks and the Lannisters? Spain enchanted the show’s directors with its castles, Arab vestiges and the enormous wealth of unparalleled scenery that Spain has to offer, so let’s check out the top GOT destinations!

Andalucía: Dorne and the Dothraki

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Let’s start with the community of Andalucía, which features heavily in Game of Thrones. The Alcázar of Sevilla was used in Seasons 5 and 6 to create the Water Garden in Sunspear, Dorne, where the Martell family lived. Then we have the Roman Bridge of Córdoba, which appears in Season 5, reimagined as the Long Bridge of Volantis. The tower of Mesa Roldan, in the town of Carboneras, was used as a filming location for Season 6 and reimagined as a fort in Meereen (Khaleesi’s city). Make sure to watch Episode 9!

The vast and arid lands of Almería, in southeastern Spain, have inspired some scenes in the GOT series. In Season 6, the Alcazaba de Almería was the set for the capital of Dorne in the kingdom of the House Martell. You may notice that this is the same as the Alcázar of Sevilla, as the two locations were merged after filming. Also in Season 6, the Tabernas desert and the area of El Chorrillo were used as the set for the city Vaes Dothrak, the Dothraki capital.

País Vasco: Daenerys’ Birthplace

 The directors were not going to skip the north of Spain with its stunning landscapes and rolling lush scenery! That’s where Daenerys’ dragons flew over the monastery on the island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, next to Itzurun Beach and Muriola Beach in Barrika. The spectacular island of Gaztelugatxe was the location of Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestral home, Dragonstone. Did you know that the real Gaztelugatxe has no castle? Instead, there’s a small church called the Ermita! The castle was later added using special effects. In Navarre, they used the Bardenas Reales as the location where Daenerys was imprisoned before being presented as a gift for Khal Moro.

Catalonia: Capital of Westeros

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Although the capital of Westeros was mainly filmed in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, Girona’s Cathedral also serves as the Great Sept of Baelor. This acted as the center of religious worship for the Faith of the Seven and the seat of the High Septon of the Faith; it was also used by the royal family for ceremonies such as weddings. The Cathedral is also part of some key scenes that culminate in the destruction of the Great Sept when Cersei Lannister burns it down with underground barrels of wildfire. During this episode, the building collapses, killing everyone inside. Luckily, Girona’s Cathedral wasn’t actually destroyed!

Many of the Season 6 episodes were filmed next to this cathedral when Arya Stark was begging and wandering blindly through the streets of Braavos. For example, one of the scenes was filmed in front of the gardens behind the Cathedral on Bishop José Cartañà Street. Also, the Braavos market was filmed on the street of King Ferdinand the Catholic, and the Arab baths of Girona were also used in filming. The Castle of Santa Florentina is a medieval castle from the 11th century located in Canet, near Barcelona, and it was used as the setting of Horn Hill of the House of Tarly in Season 6. The castle can be visited from Tuesday to Saturday with tickets.

Extremadura: “The Spoils of War” and Casterly Rock

Extremadura Game of ThronesThe Game of Thrones team first moved the cameras to the city of Cáceres, where the Plaza de los Golfines, the Plaza de Santa l’Arco de la Estrella, and the Palace became the streets where Euron Greyjoy found himself on his return to King’s Landing. The streets of Cáceres appear in the third episode of Season 7. In the magnificent landscape of Los Barruecos, the crew spent several days filming the battle in the episode “The Spoils of War,” a battle between the Lannister army and Daenerys Targaryen’s army.  Los Barruecos is stunning and has been a natural monument in Spain since 1996. It was the perfect place for the hit series!

Around 45 kilometers away, the film crew and several actors traveled to Trujillo Castle to recreate Daenerys’ headquarters at the King’s Disambiguation in the last episode of this seventh season. The castle appears in the season’s final episode as the fortress of Casterly Rock, where Jaime Lannister and Bronn of the Blackwater watch the coming of the enemies.

Want to see it for yourself? Check out our awesome Smart Insiders Trips to Andalucía, Extremadura and País Vasco to see Spain’s incredible Game of Thrones filming locations!

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