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Sometimes the epic scenery in “Game of Thrones” is almost as astounding as the show’s plot lines. If you’ve ever dreamed of jumping into your TV screen and experiencing these destinations for yourself, you can! Below, you’ll find some of the most memorable filming locations mapped out, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and beyond. Make sure you get the best deals on your “Game of Thrones” excursion at Orbitz.com/deals.

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Wondering where “Game of Thrones” was filmed? Plan a trip to visit the filming locations that brought the book to life.

It may be July, but winter is (finally) here. HBO’s epic series Game of Thrones returns this weekend for its penultimate season. In honor of the hit drama, here are a few Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit. From Croatia to Morocco, these are the places that helped make the books come to life.

Warning: spoilers for the first six seasons ahead.

Dubrovnik, Croatia – King’s Landing

It’s easy to see why the “Pearl of the Adriatic” was chosen as the setting for King’s Landing. The old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with buildings dating back to the 13th century. The churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, along with a postcard-worthy seaside location, lend themselves perfectly to the fictional southern metropolis that’s fit for a king. In the final episode of season 6, Cersei Lannister looks out over the iconic orange-tiled roofs while she waits to burn all her enemies to the ground.

 

Game of Thrones Filming Locations: Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

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Essaouira, Morocco – Astapor

The Marrakech medina can be a sensory overload. For a more laid-back experience, head to this hip beach town instead, where you’ll find a similar shopping experience within the whitewashed medina walls — and without the pressure to buy. Grab lunch at the fish stalls for a fresh (and cheap) catch of the day, or ride a camel on the beach. Don’t miss the Portuguese Fort: this is the spot in the fourth episode of season three that Daenerys orders her new Unsullied army to kill all the slave masters, and commands her dragon Drogon to burn Kraznys mo Nakloz.

 

Game of Thrones Filming Locations: Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

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Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland – Dorne

Owned and managed by the National Trust, this 2-mile golden strand on County Derry’s northern coast is one of the country’s best beaches. You might recognize the 6,000-year-old sand dunes from a scene in episode six of season five, when Jamie Lannister and Bronn arrive in Dorne. The scenes where they are discovered by Dornish guards, and the fight where the duo kills them, were also filmed in this area.

 

Game of Thrones Filming Locations: Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

Ballintoy, Northern Ireland

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Ballintoy, Northern Ireland – Iron Islands

“What is dead may never die” in the quaint seaside village of Ballintoy. Located in County Antrim, the town has served as the backdrop for several Iron Islands scenes throughout the series. The Ballintoy Harbour was featured in season two, when Theon Greyjoy sails back from Winterfell and meets his sister Yara. Scenes were filmed in the surrounding areas for exterior shots of Pyke and the Kingsmoot.

 

Game of Thrones Filming Locations: Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

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Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland – Kingsroad

Straight out of a fairy tale, one of the most photographed spots in Northern Ireland served as the Kingsroad. It’s shown in episode two of season one, when Ned Stark agrees to become the Hand of the King and rides south with Robert Baratheon. (If only we could tell him to turn back!) The beech trees were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors as they arrived to Gracehill House.

 

Game of Thrones Filming Locations: Alcázar of Seville, Spain

Alcázar of Seville, Spain

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Alcázar of Seville, Spain – Dorne

Seville’s royal palace was the perfect setting for House Martell in Dorne. Built in 712 as a fortress, the UNESCO World Heritage Site became a royal residence in the 13th century. The Moorish-built castle and its surrounding formal gardens with pools and fountains served at Dorne’s Water Gardens, where gout-ridden Doran Martell, confined to a wheelchair, spends most of his days. Several scenes for season five were filmed here, including Myrcella Baratheon walking with Trystane Martell, Ellaria Sand confronting Doran Martell to avenge Oberyn’s death, and the fight between the Sand Snakes and Jamie Lannister and Bronn.

 

This article was written by Rebecca Kinnear from Islands and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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