Spain, or Westeros? Finding Game of Thrones Locations in Spain

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If you know me at all, you know that I'm a huge fan of series like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. If it's got adventure and a little bit of magic, I'm all for it.

So, naturally I'm all about Game of Thrones, too.

What amazes me about Game of Thrones is that it's become a worldwide phenomenon. And, because of this, even though it's “just a TV show,” each season has the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster — allowing the producers to film all over the world. So far places like Croatia and Iceland and Northern Ireland and Malta have stood in for parts of Westeros and beyond.

And, in Season 5, the show added Spain to its list of filming locations.

Alcazar in Seville

I don't know of many other TV series that are able to do this, but it means that with each new season of Game of Thrones, new locations have the chance to be thrust into the spotlight.

On my recent trip to Spain (before all of GoT Season 5 had even been released), I was lucky enough to hop on a brand new tour highlighting some Game of Thrones filming spots around Andalusia. (Check out the tour here.)

And, because I know there are plenty of other Game of Thrones fans out there, I figured I would write about it!

Royal Alcazar, Seville / Dorne

The tour began at the Royal Alcazar in Seville. The Alcazar is one of Europe's oldest castles and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status along with the nearby Cathedral and Archivo de Indias in 1987. In Season 5 of Game of Thrones, however, the Alcazar and its gardens stand in as the home of House Martell in Dorne.

We see the Alcazar for the first time in Episode 2 (its gardens are used as the famous Water Gardens of Dorne), and it crops up quite a few more times throughout the season.

(Check out this video for some great interior shots in the Alcazar in GoT.)

Royal Alcazar gardens in Seville

The Alcazar on its own is incredible, especially to a history nerd like me. The main portion of the castle you can visit today was built in the mid-1300s by King Peter I on the site of a previous Moorish palace. King Peter wanted a palace like the Moorish Alhambra in Granada, and so hired many of the same architects to build the Alcazar in Seville. The style the palace was built in is known as “ Mudéjar” — a mixture of Christian and Moorish architecture that includes lots of tiles and intricate archways.

Inside the Royal Alcazar in Seville

Tiles at the Alcazar in Seville

Rumor has it that the Game of Thrones producers originally wanted to film at the Alhambra, which is even more famous for its tiles and archways. But then they discovered that the Alcazar was built in the same style and would be much easier to shut down for filming.

Royal Alcazar in Seville, Spain

As we wound our way through patios and plazas and gardens (many that I would recognize later in Game of Thrones episodes), I decided that the show's producers made a good call in scouting out this location. The palace is gorgeous — and is perfect for Dorne.

Inside the Alcazar in Seville

Alcazar gardens in Seville

And, as our guide shared the history of the Alcazar — a history punctuated by wars and affairs and political betrayals — he pointed out the similarities between the real-world history and the HBO series that was filmed there.

“Game of Thrones basically happened here for real,” he said. “Just without the incest.”

Whether you're a fan of Game of Thrones or not, a visit to the Alcazar is a must while in Seville. Even some of the cast (including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister) took some time to see the entire castle in their free time from filming.

Royal Alcazar in Seville

The Baths of Lady María de Padilla at the Alcazar in Seville

Osuna / Meereen

A Game of Thrones-themed tour of the Alcazar would have been enough for me, but this specific tour has an optional add-on that takes you to yet another memorable Game of Thrones filming location. From the Alcazar, I hopped into a car and was driven to the small town of Osuna, about an hour away from Seville.

Osuna is adorable. It's filled with white-washed houses, small squares, and sleepy streets — it's essentially worlds away from Seville.

Osuna, Spain

The town has been struggling economically for years, but I have a feeling it will soon be able to add film tourism to its income streams. Because, for a couple of weeks in 2014, Osuna was transformed from a hilly Spanish town into the town of Meereen, a former slave town that Daenerys Targaryen is ruling by Season 5 of Game of Thrones. During filming, hundreds of locals were cast as extras, with the Osuna bullring standing in as the main fighting pit in Meereen (which Daenerys re-opens in Season 5).

The tour started out with some non-GoT sites, like the University at the top of the hill, and La Colegiata de Santa Maria de la Asuncion, a 16th-century church that today houses a collection of fine art.

University in Osuna, Spain

Osuna, Spain

We had a lunch break at Casa Curro, a popular tapas restaurant near the center of town that has latched on to the Game of Thrones connection in Osuna. Here, visitors can order from a special GoT-themed menu, choosing from things like the Khaleesi salad (delicious) or a wild boar dish simply named “Baratheon.”

Game of Thrones menu in Osuna

And then, finally, we visited the bullring. The ring was used as Daznak’s Pit, the main fighting pit in Meereen seen towards the end of Season 5. It's here that Jorah Mormont fights 5 other men with the hope of winning back Daenerys' favor — and then saves her life during an attack by the Sons of the Harpy before she escapes by…. (Well, I won't spill the beans on how she escapes Meereen in case someone hasn't seen that episode yet!)

Bullring in Osuna

They used CGI to make the ring look bigger than it really is, but other than adding a couple extra layers of seats, they did very little to change the look of it. I don't really condone bull fighting (or fighting pits, for that matter), but in this case I thought being inside a bullring was pretty cool.

Bullring in Osuna, Spain

On our way out of the tiny town, I tried to imagine what Osuna must have been like during filming, with hundreds of barefooted, costume-clad extras roaming the streets. It probably felt like you really were in Meereen.

Osuna, Spain

So, would I recommend a tour like this? Well, you could certainly visit the Alcazar and drive to Osuna on your own. However, if you want your experience to be Game of Thrones-themed (and if you want to get inside the bullring in Osuna), then this is a great option for any fan.


Tour: ‘Game of Thrones' Walking Tour in Seville with Optional Trip to Osuna, exclusive to Viator

How much: Starting from $55.72 per person for the half-day tour and $219.25 per person for the full-day tour that includes Osuna

Notes: A minimum of 2 people are required for the tour to run. This is more of a “private” tour than a group tour, meaning it would be great for a couple or family.

Some other Game of Thrones filming locations tour options in Spain include:

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Would you book a tour like this on your travels?



*Note: I did receive a free tour from Viator in order to preview this tour for both them and their local operator, however I wasn't obligated to write about it on my blog — I just thought you guys would like it! As always, all opinions are 100% my own.


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  1. I went to Girona, Spain and felt like I was in Westeros! This is a must visit city just outside of Barcelona for GOT fans!

    thanks, the game of thrones is love & visiting these places is like a dream.
    thanks for sharing, it’s a new addition in the travel bucket list.

    How, fantastic photos. I am a huge GoT fan so I really need to try this when we are in Europe next year.

      Go for it! Perfect for any GoT fan!

    I absolutely loooooove Game of Thrones. Not only is it a brilliant story full of sex, love, history and awesome battles, but also because most of the actors are British, just like myself LOL! Not only that, but it’s wonderful to see fantastic locations gaining the recognition that they deserve. And why not?
    Would I book such a tour? Sure!

      It’s a great show. And it’s awesome to see it being shot in real locations and not just in a studio somewhere in London!

    A Game of Thrones tour sounds AMAZING! Would love to visit Alcazar (as well as Diocletian’s Palace in Split.)

      The Alcazar is awesome – definitely worth a visit (even if you aren’t a GoT fan!).

    Wow – Sounds like a GREAT tour! Great pics and post. I’m usually not into “these kind” of shows, but I find myself obsessed with GoT so it’s fun to read about the filming locations.

      GoT is just one of those shows… it’s no wonder that tours like this have become popular!

    Wow, what a neat adventure for you! I loved all your pictures. They were beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us.

      Thanks very much! Since I’m a huge GoT fan, this was so fun!

    I am not a GoT fan but regardless – I am in lovewith these pictures and I definitely don’t mind taking a tour like this! I imagine it would be great fun to learn a bit more on the show as well. Through your pictures, I can see the castle enveloped in an air of mystical charm – ah, what a beauty!

      The Alcazar was definitely special – one of my favorite parts of Seville, for sure!

    “Entertainment Weekly” did a full spread special on the 5th season so it was neat reading and seeing where the filming locations were!

    I went to Dubrovnik in summer ’10, and it’s my 2nd favorite city after Paris. At the time, “GoT” the show (and the related tour) was off in the future…
    I had a blast exploring Dubrovnik and was thrilled to revisit last year. Yeah, “GoT” is filmed there, but that’s not the draw for me. 🙂

      I definitely didn’t go to Seville just because of Game of Thrones, but it WAS cool going on the tour and seeing that side of things. (I’m a huge nerd when it comes to movie tourism, though!)

      And yeah, GoT location or not, Dubrovnik is amazing!

    Osuna is probably struggling because they’re charging pittance on their menus haha! In mainstream Europe those meals would be an extra 10euro.

      Remember that this is a tapas bar, though! Very small plates, so those prices are fairly typical (especially outside of a large city). That’s the great thing about Spain, though – the food is cheap!

    This is literally so cool!!! I live so close to these places and I’ve passed by so many times and never would I have ever thought that this was actually a filming location for Game of Thrones!!!! Thank you for this insightful post I will definitely be visiting again soon!!

    Wooo GoT!! I’m basically obsessed with reading about the filming locations and figuring out how I can visit them, so this is awesome. I was in love with Dorne when they showed it on the series and figured it had to be filmed somewhere absolutely beautiful.

    What I love about the locations you shared is that the pictures actually look like the scenes from the show, versus some obscure patch of land where someone made camp or something. So cool!

      Well, the great part about them using actual buildings is that yes, they look the same when you see them in real life! They basically did nothing to the Alcazar before they filmed in it, so it’s absolutely just how you’d see it if you went there yourself!

    Awesome! I love it and GoT, so thank you for writing this up. I definitely think it’s cool to check these places out, considering how beautiful they are in addition to their connection to the show. We are considering a GoT tour in Ireland in a couple weeks when we are there.

      Themed tours like this are always a unique way to get to see a place! I might be in Iceland later this year, and will consider a GoT tour there, too!

    When I went to Spain, I was amazed at the architecture. I went to Barcelona and saw the Catholic church “La Sacrada Familia” that was over 200 years in progress of being built. In America if a building isn’t finished in 6 months to 1 year we think that it is too much to fuss over. I wish America would get involved more in the art of architecture of buildings like Spain has.

      The architecture is definitely very different in Europe! But that’s part of why I love it so much.

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