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Ten potential Spanish filming locations for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel

The final season of Game of Thrones may be underway but that doesn't necessarily signal the end for Spain as an ideal filming location for the hit series. In case you didn’t know, there’s a prequel planned (woohoo!) so here are ten new suitable Spanish filming locations that are worth their weight in Valyrian steel.

Ten potential Spanish filming locations for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel
Photos: GoT screenshot, Shutterstock

Tens of thousands of Game of Thrones fans in Spain stayed up until the early hours of Monday morning to watch the premiere of season 8, the final six episodes of a series that has marked a generation with its dragons, white walkers and, above all, enthralling storytelling.

Spanish GoT fans have every reason to feel a special connection with the fantasy drama series. Ten locations across Spain have been used in the past few seasons as settings for epic scenes depicting Dorne, Dragonstone, King’s Landing and other mythical places in breath-taking fashion. 

(If you want to check out the full list, scroll to the very bottom of the article). 

Thousands of Spaniards can also proudly tell their grandchildren one day that they were once extras on Game of Thrones, despite having to endure frenzied queuing and rigorous tattoo testing

So it’s logical that with the end so near, ‘Juego de Tronos’ fans (of course they had to translate the title) are a bit upset by the prospect of a world without dragons to tune into.

However, as mentioned in the teaser, there is almost definitely going to be a prequel to Game of Thrones. 

A number of US entertainment publications have reported that HBO has already placed an order and assigned a new director for a Game of Thrones pilot prequel, with a completely new storyline and characters, set 1,000 years before the Seven Kingdoms world fans know so well. 

Not only is that a huge relief for ‘Thronees’ who were worried about how they’d get their next fix, it also means Spain can continue being the setting of Game of Thrones for years to come. 

If there’s anything that the previous film locations have exemplified is just how varied Spain is, the architecture and landscapes from north, south, east and west all offering their own picturesque idiosyncrasies that bring to life George R.R. Martin’s creation. 

And there are plenty more places in Spain that can offer uniqueness and beauty. 

Here are ten new locations in Spain HBO producers should consider for The Game of Thrones Prequel:

1. Cádiz

In a Game of Thrones context, the southern Spanish city of Cádiz looks just like the kind of place Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors would wage dragon war on.

Photo: El Chico Gris/Flickr


2. Majorca's Drach Caves

With their unique stalactites and turquoise waters, Majorca's Dragon Caves offer a mystical underground setting for many future Game of Thrones episodes. 

Photo: Shutterstock

3. Covadonga lakes, Asturias

Picture White Walkers rushing across the icy waters of these glacier lakes in northern Spain. This location in Picos de Europa (Asturias) would be ideal for any scene set at The Wall.

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4. Cangas de Onis, Asturias

Game of Thrones producers have chosen Northern Ireland in the past to portray the mistier, greener parts of the 7 Kingdoms, from Winterfell to Dragonstone. But how about old medieval villages in rainy northern Spain such as Cangas de Onis?

Photo: Javier S&M/Flickr

5. Castro de Baroña, Galicia

Dating back from the 1st century BC, the Celtic settlement of Castro de Baroña in Spain's northern region of Galicia offers the right look for scenes set in the Iron Islands involving House Greyjoy.

 

6. La Alhambra, Granada

Although HBO have finally decided to use Seville to portray the unknown kingdom of Dorne, the Alhambra Palace in neighbouring Granada has plenty to offer as well. A Unesco world heritage site, this gobsmackingly beautiful 9th century palace is the most well known symbol of Spain's Islamic past.


7. Charco de los Clicos, Lanzarote 

Although this unusual location resembles none of those previously seen on GoT, it certainly looks like a suitable home for Targaryen dragons. Charco de los Clicos on the Canary Island of Lanzarote offers something special with its eerie green lake and volcanic surrounding.

Photo: Shutterstock

8. Cartagena, Murcia

Although HBO producers opted for the Roman ruins of Itálica in Santiponce near Seville in season 7, the Roman amphitheatre in the southern Spanish city of Cartagena would also make a superb setting for Mediterranean-style GoT kingdoms such as King's Landing or Braavos.

Photo: Shutterstock


9. Ronda, Andalusia 

Ronda's 120-metre-tall Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) in Andalusia could easily be transformed into the imposing gates to the city of unknown kingdoms in upcoming GoT seasons.

Photo: Shutterstock


10. Las Médulas, Leon 

This historic gold mining site and now UNESCO World Heritage site is in a league of its own for its unique and fantastical landscapes. Perhaps it’s the perfect place for a completely new Game of Thrones kingdom?

Photo: Deposit Photos

 

SEE ALSO: Ten incredible Spanish locations where Game of Thrones has been filmed 


 

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MAPPED: 17 real-life Game of Thrones locations you can visit in Spain

Feeling a sense of loss after the final episode of Game of Thrones?

MAPPED: 17 real-life Game of Thrones locations you can visit in Spain
You can visit the Basque island where Games of Thrones' Dragonstone is located. Photo: HBO

Then now is the time to explore some of the real-life locations of the Seven Kingdoms, right here in Spain. 

From the wind-swept Atlantic beaches of the north to impressive castles and Roman ruins of the west and south, there's a whole host of locations where the hit series was filmed.

Here's a list of the locations across Spain that appear in Game of Thrones. 

The Basque Country

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo


Photo; Carlos Olmedillas / Flickr

The Little islet topped with a hermitage and linked to the mainland by an ancient arched footbridge doubles up as Dragonstone and first appears in Season 7 when Jon Snow first meets Daenerys 

Itzurun beach in Zumaia


Photo; Eleder Jimenez Hermoso / Flickr

The spectacular beach at Itzurun with its craggy cliffs and vast sandy stretch crashing with Atlantic waves appears on screen as the landing point for Daenerys Targaryen when she finally returned to the shores of Westeros, Dragonstone to be exact, with her army of the Unsullied.

Extremadura

Filming took place in three locations in Extremadura, Spain’s landlocked western region bordering Portugal.

Caceres


Photo; César Alonso Ferreras / Flickr

The medieval walled city of Caceres, a Unesco World Heritage site , doubled as King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.

Malpartida


 Photo; Jesús Pérez Pacheco / Flickr

The unusual rock formations in wetlands the Natural Park of Los Barruecos outside the town of Malpartida served as the site for the Battle of the Dragon, in episode 4 of Season 7. 

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Trujillo


Photo; Extremadura Turismo 

The picturesque walled town of Trujillo became the Casterly Rock, the ancestral home of the Lannisters and apprared for the first time in Season 7, when  scenes were filmed in the courtyard of its imposing castle, a fortification boasting 17 defence towers.

Catalonia

Girona’s Cathedral of Saint Mary 


Photo: Davidlohr Bueso/Flickr

The cathedral in Catalonia's second city of Girona served as the exterior of the Sept of Baelor

Whereas the cobbled  streets of Girona's Old Town and Jewish quarter variously starred as locations in Braavos, Oldtown, and Kings Landing. 

Castell de Santa Florentina


Photo: Castell de Santa Florentina

This castle in the Catalan seaside town of Canet de Mar, an hour north of Barcelona on the Costa Brava, became Horn Hill, the palatial family home of Samwell Tarly.

Navarra

Bardenas Reales Natural Park


Photo: Bruno Barral/Wikimedia
 

The semi-desert natural park in Navarra, renowned for its unusual rock formations, appeared in Game of Thrones as the Dothraki Sea, home to wandering hordes of khalasars.

Castila La Mancha

Castle of Zafra


Photo: Castila La Mancha Tourism

The Castle of Zafra appeared in Season 6 as the Tower of Joy, outside which a young Ned Stark and his Kingsguard clashed swords with Ser Arthur Dayne and other Targaryen henchmen in one of Bran Stark’s visions.

This remote fortification located in the Sierra de Caldereros, is accessed by a dirt road leading from the village of Hombrados, one-and-a-half hour drive from Madrid. 

Andalusia

Spain’s southern region of Andalusia provided numerous locations for Game of Thrones during season 5 and 6 boosting tourism to the region. This continued in Season 7  and 8, with revisits to old favourites and adding new locations.

Seville's Alcázar


Photo; Archigeek / Flickr 

The Alcázar of Seville first appeared on screens in season 6 as Sunspear, the capital of Dorne, and its Water Gardens.

Osuna's bullring


Photo: AFP
 

The bullring of Osuna, a town not far from Seville, became the fighting pits of Meereen

Seville's Reales Atarazanas


Photo; Sandra Vallaure  / Flickr

Seville’s Royal Dockyards share the limelight after serving as a new location in season 7.

Cordoba


Photo: AFP
 

The Roman bridge that crosses the Guadalquivir river in Cordoba was built in the early first century BC and became the Long Bridge of Volantis in the HBO series. 

Almodovar del Rio


Photo; Javier Lastras  / Flickr

The small city located in Córdoba province on the banks of the river Guadalquivir is crowned by a 1300-year-old Moorish castle which became Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell, seized by Jamie Lannister during Season 7.

Italica, Santiponce


Photo; Telèmac / Flickr 

The Roman ruins of Itálica in Santiponce near Seville appeared screen as the backdrop to several epic scenes after authorities granted special permission to film at the archaeological site. It was the site of the tense Season 7 finale when Cersei was presented with a white walker.  
 
 
Almería
 

Photo: mathes/Depositphotos
 
The Alcazaba fortress in Almería doubled for scenes in the Water Gardens, the private retreat to House Martell, rulers of Dorne. 

And the coastal city was also chosen as a location for scenes in the outskirts of Meereen,  largest and northernmost of the cities in Bay of Dragons/ex Slaver’s Bay.

Filming also took place in the Tabernas desert, just north of Almeria, for scenes in the Dothraki Sea. 

Valencia

Peniscola

Photo: tizianella/Depositphotos

Scenes from the first episode of Season Six were shot in Peniscola, the stunning medieval fortified hillside town overlooking the Mediterranean.  Fans can spot Paseo de Ronda, Plaza Santa María and the Ramp of Felipe II, as the location for scenes in the city of Meereen. 

And by the time you have finished exploring all the sites of the Games of Thrones locations in season 1 to 8 , the prequel will most likely be finished – some scenes will also be filmed on location in Spain.

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