Booking.com Spotlights Magnificent Real-World Game of Thrones Filming Location Getaways
Bangkok, April 29, 2016 – With the highly anticipated season six premiere of the hit TV series Game of Thrones this week, fans are now at their thrones enjoying the action, drama, and stunning backdrops this season delivers. Booking.com has scoured the filming locations from the show and identified a selection of stunning and unique accommodations from castles to country estates, sure to delight fans wishing to vacation like a Lannister.
For those die-hard fans looking to fully embrace the Game of Thrones experience, the realms of Westeros and Essos are not as unreachable as you might think. In fact, Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, offers fans exceptional stays and experiences authentic to their favourite show in breathtaking destinations worthy of the Seven Kingdoms.
Travel to the spectacular coastlines of Northern Ireland or the picturesque mountainside towns of eastern Spain, both of which served as new primary production locations for the upcoming season and are reported to feature prominently as Game of Thrones settings such as King’s Landing, Riverrun, Braavos and beyond!
Villa Dubrovnik, Croatia (King's Landing) & Lokrum (Qarth)
With a private beach, balconies with sea views, two restaurants and a spa, this 5-star cliff-hanger is the ideal spot for you to unwind and catch up on some reading with those infamous Games of Thrones novels. Villa Dubrovnik is a 15 minute walk from Dubrovnik’s Old Town where you can find the Stradun Promenade and seaside walls that appear on the TV series set as King’s Landing. Lokrum Island is also just a quick ferry ride away: the filming location of Qarth.
Hotel Park Split, Croatia (King's Landing)
Just metres away from the famous Bačvice beach, the Hotel Park Split is a traditional first-class hotel in the centre of Split. The hotel has a fully equipped wellness centre, an outdoor pool, a bar and large outdoor terrace the offers an authentically Mediterranean atmosphere. Hotel Park Split is also only a 10 minute walk for the UNESCO-listed Palace of Diocletian, used for several sets in the fifth season of Game of Thrones.
Heritage Hotel Life Palace, Šibenik, Croatia (Braavos)
Right in the heart of Šibenik, the Heritage Hotel Life Palace features ornate rooms with beautiful murals on the wall and some with views of the sea. This hotel is located right in the centre of town meaning as soon as you step out of the hotel, you are on the set of Braavos in Game of Thrones.
Hotel Palacio de Villapanés, Seville, Spain (Royal Palace Of Dorne)
This converted 18th-century palace is situated just outside Seville's historic Santa Cruz district. Featuring elegant lounges, a sublime restaurant serving traditional Andalusian cuisine and a terrace serving tapas, Hotel Palacio de Villapanés superbly combines original features with wooden floors and stylish modern furniture. Only a 10 minute walk away is the Real Alcázar Palace, the filming location for the Royal Palace of Dorne.
Hospes Palacio del Bailio, Cordoba, Spain (Long Bridge Of Volantis)
The Hospes Palacio del Bailio occupies a 16th-Century palace in the heart of the ancient city of Córdoba with beautifully arranged gardens and tastefully decorated interiors. Featuring a spa, a restaurant serving Spanish and Asian cuisine, and an outdoor pool, this stunning hotel is certainly not to be missed. The hotel is also just a 20 minute walk from The Roman Bridge of Cordoba, the filming location for the Long Bridge of Volantis in Game of Thrones.
Seljavellir Guesthouse, Vatnajökull (North of the Wall)
Seljavellir Guesthouse is the perfect location for visiting the Vatnajökull glacier which is often used as a filming location for the North of the Wall scenes in Game of Thrones. With a restaurant, garden, terrace and bar, this perfect little guesthouse is perfect for acting as a staging post for hikes and has easy access to many transport options including the Route 1 Ring Road and Hornafjördur Airport just 0.6 miles away. Höfn town centre is an 8-minute drive away and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is 45 miles from the guest house.
Thingvellir Lake Cottage, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland (North of the Wall)
Thingvellir Lake Cottage sits in a stunning lakeside location on the eastern bank of the Thingvellir Lake, often used as a filming location for North of the Wall in Game of Thrones. The cottage features a hot tub and is only 40 miles from Reykjavík. A 30 minute drive away is Thingvellir National Park which provides further filming locations used for scenes in Game of Thrones and is great for hiking.
Narrow Water Castle, self-catering apartment, Newry, Northern Ireland (Winterfell)
This 16th century tower house located in County Down offers guests a self-catering two-bedroom apartment in the original hub of the castle, which is situated on a beautiful sprawling estate that includes an equestrian center.
The nearby town of Corbet is reported to have served as the filming location for Riverrun in the upcoming season.
Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Northern Ireland (Winterfell)
Renowned as the only remaining 17th century building used as a residence in Northern Ireland, this storied hotel overlooks Ballygally Bay. The property grounds feature a large garden and terrace, as well as a dungeon which is long-rumored to be haunted.
This beautiful stretch of County Antrim coast—from Larne to the south to Glenarm to the north—served as filming locations for the upcoming season.
Beachview Cottage, self-catering cottage, Cushendun, Northern Ireland (where Melisandre had her shadow baby
This charming property is situated in the tiny coastal village of Cushendun on County Antrim’s north shore at the foot of the Glendun and Glencorp valleys. It features unrivaled scenic views of Cushendun Bay and the regions lush rolling hills.
A stretch along an old stone railway bridge and quarry at Knocklayde Mountain and Cushenden Caves served as a filming location for when Melisandre’s shadow baby came to be, and for the upcoming season.
Hotel Castell d’Emporda, La Bisbal d’Emporda, Spain (Oldtown)
Featuring all the magic of a thousand-year old castle with modern day design and amenities, this hotel is classically decorated with furniture and textiles chosen by its owners during their worldwide travels. As well as featuring heavily throughout Season 6 Game of Thrones, film buffs might also be interested to know scenes of the movie Perfume (2006) were recorded here.
AS Palau dels Alemanys, aparthotel, Girona, Spain (Braavos, King’s Landing and Oldtown)
Once a 13th century Domus and former bishop’s palace, this aparthotel has been stylishly renovated to highlight its original features and offer its guests all the modern comforts one deserves while on vacation. Nestled between the eastern foot of Spain’s Pyrenees mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea, cities throughout the province of Girona hosted weeks of filming for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, taking full advantage of the region’s remarkable landscape and architecture. It’s reported that scenes depicting Braavos, King’s Landing and Oldtown were focused on in Girona.
Castell de Llaés self-catering home, Llaés, Spain (Season 6)
This authentically restored 10th century castle’s self-catering guest rooms feature wood beam ceilings, stone walls and terracotta floors. Astonishing scenic views can be enjoyed from many of the guest rooms, or while relaxing on the balcony, patio or terrace.
Mas Valenti 1511, country house, Vall-Llobrega, Spain (Season 6)
With a rich history dating back more than 500 years, this striking country house has been refurbished to accommodate up to 12 guests in a fully equipped, modern space situated on 10 acres of land and nearby 20 breathtaking beaches.
Can Mateu de La Creu, country house, Cruilles, Spain (Season 6)
Located on seven acres of beautifully landscaped property between the Emporda plains and Gavarres hills, this early 18th century country home maintains the classic aesthetic in place throughout the village of Cruilles—stone walls and terracotta tile roofs.