While we wait with baited breath for the new season of Game of Thrones to drop on April 24 (so soon!) we’ve tracked down some of the filming locations where the medieval despots will be hanging out this winter. And by George, they’re pretty.
Girona Cathedral, Spain
Jamie Lannister (aka. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was seen filming scenes at Girona Cathedral on Spain’s north east coast recently. Built in the 11th century, this cathedral church features both romanesque and gothic stylings, pointed-arch stained glass windows and two bell towers. It also lays claim to having one of the widest Gothic naves in the world. The nave, which is the main body of the church, is seemingly an ideal location for filming those long tracking shots the show is so fond of. Girona will also be used as a backdrop for the cities of Braavos, Oldtown and maybe even King’s Landing.
Hverfjall Volcano, Iceland
The whitewalkers are back at their old stomping ground, the picturesque Hverfjall volcano in Iceland. Hverfjall is a tephra cone volcano, with a crater that measures about one kilometre in diameter and is located east of the city of Mývatn. Very cool.
Alcazaba of Almeria, Spain
The Alcazaba of Almeria is a medieval fortress dating back to the tenth century, and is said to have been used to film scenes from the peninsula of Dorne. But the Alcazaba isn’t a filming newbie – it’s also been featured in such films as Conan the Barbarian, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and 007’s Never Say Never Again. Impressive resume.
Carnlough Harbour, Northern Ireland
Arya Stark’s looking to soothe her many ailments with a nice cold bath, apparently. Actor Maisie Williams and crew have been spotted taking a dip in the chilly waters of the Irish Sea at Carnlough Harbour in Northern Ireland.
Bardenas Reales, Navarre, Spain
As you may remember, the last time we saw the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, was when she was captured by a Dothraki khalasar. The new season (and promotional images) show Dany hanging out with Dothraki warriors in the barren and rugged badlands of Bardenas Reales in southeast Spain. It’s not the worst place in the world to be taken captive, right? It actually looks quite peaceful.
This picturesque location on Spain’s Mediterranean coast features a fortified seaport built on a rocky headland 67 metres above the sea. The castle and lighthouse atop the rocks was actually built in 1294, and is said to have been used as a filming location for Meereen, the city-state in which Daenerys Targaryen incited a slave revolt. As you do.
Check out the trailer for season six below:
(h/t Daily Mail)