3 Mediterranean Places that Every Game of Thrones Fan Should Visit

The Game of Thrones series, based upon the Song of Fire and Ice saga by the author George R.R. Martin has attracted millions of fans worldwide. The magical world created by George Martin’s pen blossomed in full color via the shooting in exotic locations. Technology certainly helped with the recreations of the wondrous events, yet old cities and buildings in Europe, North Africa and Iceland lend its charm to series. The locations are many, each more beautiful than the next, so we chose to present just a few of them. Take notes and plan your own Game of Thrones journey:

Game of Thrones, Essaouira, Marrakech, Morocco:

The journey of Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi of the Dothraki people and Mother of Dragons to the Slaver’s Bay are shoot in the Moroccan city of Essaouira. The city is located in a sheltered location, thus making it the perfect harbor. The area where the city was built shows signs of life dating to Prehistory.

Sunset of Essaouira_game of thronesvia flickr by Mark Fischer licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

Through the ages, the Phoenicians and Barber people used the city as a production center for purple cloth worn only by emperors and Roman senators. It was a rich city in the Middle Ages as well, when the Portuguese and many other European people fought for it. Yet, it remained and independent city known for its trade with sugar and molasses, as well as safe haven for pirates. The city walls, towers and white-washed buildings, combined with its unique historical background, made Eassouria the perfect candidate for the shooting of the Slaver’s Bay;

Game of Thrones, Mdina, Malta

Today, Mdina is the capital of Malta, a small island near Sicily. Mainly built in the middle Ages by locals and Moorish settlers, this town sprouts magnificent fortifications and medieval palaces. Its serene gracefulness and appeal made it perfect for shooting the King’s Landing, the home of the Westeros’ ruling dynasties.

2. Mdina, Malta-1_game of thronesvia flickr by Vasil Dakov licensed CC BY-NC 2.0

Game of Thrones, Split and Dubrovnik

Dalmatian shore of Croatia: Dubrovnik, the ancient city of Ragusa was also used for shooting scenes of King’s Landing, especially the Red Keep-the dwelling of the Hand, the second-in-command of the Westerosi kings. The gray-walled palaces and forts, juxtaposed of the aquamarine blue sea captured the heart of King’s Landing.

3. Dubrovnik_game of thronesvia businessinsider

Split, a Dalmatian sister of Dubrovnik, is also featured in the upcoming 4th seasons of the series. The cellars of Emperor’s Diocletian were used in the shooting, as well as nearby abandoned quarry and the Fortress of Klis. These scenes will be probably used for the travels of Daenerys in the Free Cities. It is rumored that many of the local Dalmatians will be featured in the series as a thank you for their warm hospitality.

Many of the local tourist agencies offer wonderful, if pricey, tours to these locations. We believe that our readers are as brave as the Westerosi knights and they will show their resourcefulness by creating their own sightseeing plan. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a believer of your non-GoT fan friends, by showing them these marvelous locations. Enjoy your holiday!