With just days before the final series of Game of Thrones airs, you’d be forgiven if your mind is currently in the wilderness of Winterfell or the exotic gardens of Dorne - but you can do more than just dream about these fictional lands. All the settings were based on, and filmed in, very real locations.
Inevitably, as the show's air date draws closer, interest in travelling to the real Westeros has increased; flight comparison site Jetcost found that searches for flights to Game of Thrones filming locations increased by up to 240% in March. Similarly, Google Trends data revealed that searches for ‘Where is Game of Thrones filmed?’ increased by 180% in the past 30 days, while in the last week alone, searches for 'Game of Thrones filming locations’ was up 250%.
If set-jetting is your idea of an idyllic holiday, you’ll be impressed by the otherworldly backdrops that are undeniably as beautiful without the CGI. On these inspiring getaways, the likes of Yunkai, the Kingsroad and Eastwatch-by-the-Sea can be found without venturing too far, while you experience the finer things in life: think country spa hotels, Michelin-starred dining and villas with sparkling sea views.
From Northern Ireland to Croatia, these are the Game of Thrones locations to visit on a unique set-location holiday…
Bardenas Reales, Spain
Easily mistaken for another planet, this fascinating desert was where Daenerys crossed the Dothraki Sea on her path to the throne. Bardenas Reales is a combination of clay, chalk and sandstone that formed an unusual landscape over centuries.
Make the alluring beach town of San Sebastian your base, with its golden sands, top-notch culinary scene (both Michelin-starred dining and pintxos bar hopping are musts) and upscale boutiques. The only hotel you’ll want to check into for its sparkling chandeliers, huge portraits and lavish bedrooms is the belle epoque Maria Cristina. Book directly with marriot.com or visit ba.com for flights and a stay.