Game of Thrones viewers will be on the edge of their seats this weekend as the final series begins. Yet those fans with a travel bug need not be too down in the dumps as the likes of Jon Snow bid their final farewell to the small screen. GOT addicts with a sense of wanderlust can take heart from an impressive list of nine iconic destinations, both used in the filming of the series and helped inspire it. Compiled by HomeToGo, they include King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and found in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The King’s Landing is home to the Baratheon/Lannister royal family and endless scenes of political intrigue are famously filmed in Dubrovnik.
Already fans have flocked to the Croatian city to retrace the steps of their favourite characters, and stock up on merchandise from the Game of Thrones fan shop.
Accommodation can be found for an impressive low price of £18 per night.
Meanwhile, the location for Beyond The Wall in Iceland can also be visited and relished.
Die hard fans are advised to start their trip in Reykjavik and see the iconic Iceland mountains blanketed in snow for the full Game of Thrones experience.
The cheapest option for GOT tourists can be found in Astapor, or in real life terms, Essaouira.
Home to the Unsullied army, Astapor was originally ruled by slaveholders, then captured by Daenerys, only to fall to multiple palace coups and expose the weaknesses in her rule.
It was filmed in Essaouira, an ancient walled city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.
Take a stroll along the waterfront and you might recognise the city walls where Daenerys’ dragons flew over the city in the season three finale.
Accommodation starts from a hugely purse-friendly price of £9 per night.
The six other recommendations include Dorne, filmed in Seville, the Iron islands, filmed in Bray, Braavos, filmed in Split, Dragonstone in Zumaia and Stormlands in Galway.
It is rounded off by Winterfell, the place where the GOT adventures began and where the Stark family were first introduced, back in season one.
This is situated in Argyll, in Scotland, where accommodation costs £21 a night.
Talking of the travel potential for loyal fans, a spokesperson for HomeToGo said: “Some of these are the real-life destinations where your favourite scenes were filmed, while others are in different places, but capture the atmosphere and beautiful landscapes of Westeros.
“You can follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters, take in magical scenery and stay in a gorgeous holiday home that even Cersei Lannister would approve of.
“Actors like Maisie Williams, Kit Harington and Lena Headey have become A-list celebrities – but the stunning locations where the show was filmed have played just as much of a starring role.
“Iconic filming locations like Dubrovnik and Iceland have experienced a Game of Thrones tourism boom since the show made them famous, and having seen them on screen, it’s easy to see why.”
The GOT series finale begins on Sunday, on Sky and NOW TV.