Red7 , May 7, 2014
If you are not up-to-speed on series four of Game of Thrones, you might want to look away now.
But episode six is set to be a biggie, featuring the first appearance of Mark Gatiss’ character.
While you wait for the dramatic developments, distract yourself with the thought of a holiday in sunny King’s Landing, a trek the length of the Wall and the chance to follow in the footsteps of Daenerys Targeryen to see where she saved an army of slaves in exotic Astapor.
Let Redseven take you on an epic journey to Westeros – or at least the stunning locations where the hit HBO series was filmed.
The sublime Adriatic Coast of Croatia with it’s perfectly preserved medieval walls fortresses, walled cities, exotic greenery and Mediterranean climate is where much of the Game of Thrones scenes set in King’s Landing were filmed.
The sandstone defences, duned beaches and lively medinas seem a far cry from the apparent tranquillity of King’s Landing. Essaouira was the location of Astapor, where the young dragon queen won the loyalty of the slave army, but in real life the sweeping beaches swept by the Atlantic Ocean is a brilliant spot for surfing.
Much of the Game of Thrones battles were also filmed at the Morroccan Atlas Studios in Ouarazazate , nicknamed the ‘door to the desert.’
It was only fitting that the wild, untamed North where the Night’s Watch stand guard to protect the rest of Westeros from what lies beyond the wall found it’s home in the dramatic scenery of Iceland. The active glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and mountains of Vatnajokull, a short trip from Reykjavik, are a veritable mecca for Game of Thrones fans. Of course, it’s also perfectly acceptable to skip the epic hiking trip a la Jon Snow in favour of a day in Iceland’s incredible Blue Lagoon spa and admire the power of Iceland’s nature from the comfort of the hot, healing water.
It’s unsurprising that the rugged countryside, fairy tale castles and dramatic coastlines of Ireland were used as filming locations for Game of Thrones. The 18th Century Castle Ward was used as Winterfell, the seat of the North where the Stark family resided in Season One. Other locations include the rolling hills and jagged shoreline along the Causeway Coast Way like the Giant’s Causeway.
Meanwhile here’s a sneek peak of the Sherlock star’s dramatic entrance: