From Iceland to Croatia, Go On the Ultimate "Game of Thrones" Tour- page 2 | Travel | Smithsonian
Current Issue
November 2014 magazine cover
Subscribe

Save 81% off the newsstand price!

Look familiar? Morocco's Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the filming location for Astapor, "Game of Thrones'" infamous slave-trading city. (Corbis)

From Iceland to Croatia, Go On the Ultimate "Game of Thrones" Tour

Want more "Game of Thrones" than a show every Sunday and books every few years? Consider visiting the filming locations

smithsonian.com

Malta

Before it found its seaside home in Dubrovnik, King's Landing was originally shot in the small, island country of Malta. It's well-preserved capital, Mdina, was used as the filming location for King's Landing throughout the series' first season. Unlike King's Landing, Mdina is an inland city, which posed a slight problem for film crews, who were forced to stick to the city's winding interior streets to capture the spirit of the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. And when it came time to film the Red Keep, King's Landing's royal residence, HBO used real buildings within Malta's capital, including San Anton Palace, the residence of Malta's president.

Malta's stunning Azure Window, located on the island of Gozo, was also featured in the series' first season, as the setting for the wedding between Danaerys Targaryan and Khal Drogo. 

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus