Watching Game of Thrones is like taking a virtual trip to foreign lands, both in your imagination and in the real world. The lovely settings are heavily augmented with computer-generate imagery, but they are filmed in real historic places. And the production travels to gorgeous far-flung spots to get the right look. For example, King’s Landing is a real place -in Croatia.
Following season one, King’s Landing was relocated to the grey and rocky coastline of Dubrovnik, a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea. This was the ideal location because the city is walled, has a diverse architecture and many more classic tile roofs than there are stone lions. The crew also did some filming on the island of Lokrum. Dubrovnik remains as the current location for King’s Landing today. The Trsteno Arboretum, also located in Dubrovnik, is the filming location of the royal gardens and a location of much intrigue. Within this verdant setting, Margaery Tyrell and Olenna Tyrell plotted against the Baratheon and Lannister families among a gorgeous setting of flowers and sunshine.
See how Game of Thrones’ fantasy places resemble real locations in Spain, Malta, Morocco, and Northern Ireland as well, at Housely.