Winter is coming (sorry, we had to). Or rather, winter is pretty much upon us. But don’t let the cold weather prevent you from making a pilgrimage to some of Game of Thrones’ coolest filming locations.

This iconic HBO series has been filmed in some incredible places around the world, including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Croatia, Morocco, Malta, and Spain. While some of these locations are remote and somewhat difficult to access, there are many spots that are located in or near large cities and are easy to visit. Dubrovnik, Croatia is the setting for King’s Landing; Klis Fortress in Split, Croatia doubles as Meereen; and Aït Benhaddou in Morocco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was used to represent Yunkai, the city sacked by Daenerys Targaryen.

For this article we’re going to focus on Spain, where much of Seasons 5 and 6 were filmed. Not only are many of the filming locations in Spain accessible, but they’re gorgeous too, so GoT fans can definitely kill two birds (or crows) with one stone!

Girona

Girona is well worth a visit whether you’re a GoT fan or not. The city, located in northeastern Catalonia, is filled with Gothic churches, medieval architecture, and sweeping views—perfect for the HBO show.

The city doubles as Braavos, King’s Landing, and Oldtown. Numerous scenes were filmed in Girona, including Arya’s blind training, Sam and Gilly’s visit to the Maesters’ citadel, the theater scenes with Arya, the chase scene with Arya and The Waif, Margaery’s atonement, and the dramatic scene at the end of Season 6 at the Great Sept of Baelor (in case you haven’t seen it!).

Arya and the theater scenes

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The Plaza del Jurats is where Arya watches actors portray her family and the Lannisters

Margaery’s atonement

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Catedral de Girona is the setting for Margaery’s atonement

Arya’s blind training with The Waif

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Near the Girona Cathedral you’ll find the steps where Arya was begging and fought with The Waif

Sevilla

The region of Andalusia featured heavily in Season 5. Sevilla served as the setting for much of Dorne this season, as well as several scenes representing Meereen. The famous Alcázar of Seville doubled as the location for Jaime and Bronn’s attempted rescue of Myrcella in the Dornish Water Gardens. The Plaza de Toros de Osuna (Osuna’s Bullring) in the hillside village of Osuna, outside of Sevilla, was used as Meereen’s main fighting pit and the site of Daenerys’ first flight on her dragon.

Jaime and Bronn’s attempted rescue of Myrcella

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Jardin de las Damas at Alcázar of Seville, or the Dornish Water Gardens in GoT

The fighting pit massacre in Meereen

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The bullring of Osuna, where Meereen’s fighting pit and Daenerys’ dragon flight scenes were filmed

Other regions

Much of Season 6 was also filmed in Spain, with a variety of locations being used. Catalonia makes an appearance again: the 11th century Castell de Santa Florentina in the town of Canet de Mar is used as the setting of Horn Hill, Samwell Tarly’s ancestral home. In episode 3 we are introduced to the Tower of Joy, which is the scene of Bran Stark’s vision of his father Ned. In real life, this is the Castillo de Zafra, located in Guadalajara. And scenes of the Dothraki Sea are filmed in the badlands of Bardenas Reales in the region of Navarra.

Bran Stark’s vision of Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy

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This is Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain. It was used for the flashback scenes where a secret was revealed from Ned Stark’s past.

Sam and Gilly return to Horn Hill

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The Castell de Santa Florentina in Canet de Mar, Catalonia is the setting for Horn Hill, Samwell Tarly’s ancestral home

Daenerys is brought to Khal Moro

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The badlands of Bardenas Reales, Navarra, the site of the Dothraki Sea

Start packing your bags, Game of Thrones fans! A visit to Spain and some GoT filming locations will help fill the dark aching void that you feel between seasons. You may even get lucky and see some filming in progress: GoT is shooting part of Season 7 in Spain! Word on the street is that HBO is filming in the cities of Zumaia and Bermeo, which are in the Basque country, as well as the provinces of Sevilla and Córdoba.

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