Never before has a show had the budget to crisscross so many regions and follow so many characters. The storylines intertwine and untangle themselves, over and over again, as heroes and villains alike move about Westeros like chess pieces.
Not surprisingly, an enormous number of shooting locations are needed to capture the diverse lands of The Seven Kingdoms.
Call it the “Game of Thrones” effect – attractions that play a supporting role in the hit TV programme are bracing for a huge uptick in visitors as a new season begins.
Here are the 8 locations used in the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 which you can visit right now.
1) Dubrovnik, Croatia
One of the Mediterranean’s most bustling tourist attractions has been used as the location for King’s Landing since Game of Thrones’ first season.
2) Northern Ireland
Another location that’s been used by Game of Thrones since the beginning, Northern Ireland has been featured in a wide range of scenes. The region stands in for Winterfell and will be popping up once again in season six.
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4) Girona, Spain
Game of Thrones traveled all over Spain for season six, filming in five major locations across the country, including the Girona Cathedral, which was built between 11th and 18th centuries.
5) Almeria, Spain
The second largest medieval fortress Alcazaba of Almeria in Andalusia is thought be used as a location for the kingdom of Dorne.
6) Bardenas Reales, Navarre, Spain
For the location of the new Dothraki outpost, the show filmed in Bardenas Reales, one of Europe’s only desert climates.
7) Peniscola, Spain
Speaking of Mereen, the coastal city Peniscola, also known as the “Gibraltar of Valencia,” will be the backdrop for Daenerys’ entrenched city-state, where Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) were left in charge.
8) Castle of Zafra, Guadalajara, Spain
One of the most anticipated scenes of the new season involves a flashback to the Tower of Joy, featuring a young Ned Stark in the most pivotal moments in the show’s timeline.