It’s that time of year again, where fantasy lovers and travel enthusiasts can join forces in appreciation for another thrilling, nail-biting, much anticipated season of Game of Thrones. If there’s ever a television series that’s been filmed in some of the world’s most unique and magical places, it’s this international smash hit show. Not only do viewers fall in love with its characters and plot-line, but Game of Thrones undoubtedly excels in providing us with realistic, carefully chosen locations that allow the series to come to life even more.

We are addicted to both the dramatics and the settings, completely immersed in its fictional worlds. Winter is finally here so where will we see our favorite characters battle it out for the Iron Throne? Here are some of the historical, whimsical, and inspiring locations that we’ll see in the fast-approaching Season 7:

Game of Thrones Season 7 Locations

Spain:

There’s nothing like dramatic landscapes, historic castles, and old stone buildings to amplify the fantasy and medieval nature of the series. This season, producers have traveled to a few different locations in Spain to further capture the other-worldly ambiance of the Game of Thrones kingdoms.

Cáceres

Cáceres, Spain, a city in western Spain’s Extremadura region, is confirmed to be the hub of many epic scenes in Season 7. Known as the “City of One Thousand and One Shields” because of the large number of coats of arms hanging outside its innumerable palaces, this sun-scorched city will fit the theme of the series perfectly.

Caceres in Spain

Caceres, Spain. Photo: Ventura Carmona via Flickr

Los Barruecos

Although specifics haven’t been released, many sources believe that filming will take place specifically in Los Barruecos, a treasure-filled nature reserve that has been deemed a Natural Monument. Full of granite boulders and calm lakes, it’s speculated that this area will be used for large water scenes.

Los Barruecos in Spain

Los Barruecos. Photo: Amfeli via Wikimedia Commons

Almodóvar del Río

Another Spanish location that has been deemed a filming destination is Almodóvar del Río, a city in southern Spain famous for its castle built by the Moors in 740 B.C. for Castillo de Almodovar. This stunningly preserved castle will absolutely be a welcome addition to the series.

El Castillo de Almodovar in Spain

El Castillo de Almodovar. Photo: Javier Lastras via Flickr

Other historic sites in Spain

Among other speculations and historic sites in Spain, Spanish mayors have also released that Game of Thrones filming will take place in northern Spain in the coastal cities of Zumaia and Bermeo in Basque country. Specifically, filming in Zumaia will take place on Itzurun Beach, and on the shores of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo. Both will undoubtedly create stunningly dramatic aquatic scenes.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spain

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Photo: Carlos Olmedillas via Flickr

Iceland

Game of Thrones wouldn’t be the same without the snowy and treacherous landscape north of the wall, which is where Iceland lends a helping hand. In February, reports came out exposing how difficult it had been to film in the extreme wintry conditions, which included 100-mile-per- hour winds. But, considering the nature of the scenes that typically take place in this atmosphere, it likely made the episodes even more exciting.

Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland

Photo: Vatnajökull Glacier by apasciuto via Flickr

Vatnajökull Glacier

Much of the filming in this country will take place around the Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, one that takes up 8% of the island’s surface. Gorges, mountains, and steep terrain surrounding the area were practically designed to host the army of White Walkers and Wildlings.

Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland

Vatnajökull Glacier. Photo: photovicky via Pixabay

Ireland

The northern region of Ireland is a prime shooting location for the series due to the dense, thick forests that convey mystery and reverie, as well as the stony beaches used in many of the landing scenes.

Ballintoy Harbor in Ireland

Ballintoy Harbor. Photo: Ghazi Kraishan via Flickr

Among many small towns and specific sites, the small, rocky fishing harbor in picturesque Ballintoy will once again be used as the setting for the Iron Islands. The Dark Hedges, which is a stunning avenue lined with beech trees in Ballymoney, will also be used again as characters embark on the King’s road.

The Dark Hedges in Ireland

The Dark Hedges. Photo: Mick Bostens via Pixabay

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