Did you know that a big part of Game of Thrones was filmed in Spain?
If you are a fan of the series Game of Thrones, you should know that a large part of the episodes were filmed in Spain. Are you ready to follow in the footsteps of the Starks, the Lannisters and so on?
Spain seduced the directors of the series with its castles, its Arab vestiges and in general the enormous wealth of unparalleled scenery that our country has to offer.
First we start with the community of Andalusia in the Alcazar of Seville, the Roman bridge of Cordoba, the tower of Mesa Roldan and the town of Carboneras. The vast and arid lands of Almería, in southeastern Spain, have inspired some scenes in the series with the Alcazaba de Almería, the desert of Tabernas and the region of El Chorrillo. The desert area was used in the sixth season of Game of Thrones to represent parts of the Dothraki Sea.
Vaes Dothrak, the Dothraki capital, was filmed in Pechina, while part of Meereen was filmed at Mesa Roldan Tower in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park.
They were not going to forget the north of Spain! That’s where Daenerys’ dragons flew over the monastery on the island of San de Gaztelugatxe, next to Itzurun beach and Muriola beach in Barrika. It is the fictional birthplace of Daenerys and where she slips to take the iron throne. It is in the Basque Country, more precisely in Navarre, that they used the Bardenas Reales as the sea from which Daenerys is imprisoned as a gift from Khal Moro. The spectacular island of Gaztelugatxe, was the location of Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestral home, Rocadragon. Unfortunately, the real Gaztelugatxe has no castle, it was added later with special effects.
Although the capital of Westeros was filmed mainly in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, but the cathedral of Girona also serves as the Seven Greats of Baelor, the king’s most landed building, centre and part of some key scenes that culminate in the destruction of the Seven when Cersei Lannister burns it down in a forest fire. During this episode, the building collapses, killing everyone inside. But all well and good, Girona Cathedral was not destroyed.
Many of the sixth season episodes were filmed next to this cathedral, when Arya Stark was begging and wandering blindly through the streets of Braavos. One of the scenes was filmed in front of the gardens behind the Cathedral, precisely on Bishop José Cartañá Street. The Braavos market was actually the street of King Ferdinand the Catholic, and the Arab baths of Girona were also used. The castle of Santa Florentina is a medieval castle from the 11th century located in Canet, near Barcelona. It is named after the castle of the House of Tarly in the sixth season. Although the castle is privately owned, it can be visited by appointment. But even if you are not at home, the beautiful exterior is worth seeing.
The 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 seven. 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.
Not far from there, around 45 kilometres away, the film crew and several actors travelled 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 seventh episode, the last of the season, as the fortress of Casterly Rock where Jaime Lannister and Bronn of the Blackwater watch the coming of the enemies.