Where was Game of Thrones Season 6 filmed?

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No doubt this is one of the best TV shows of all the time. Season after season, GoT showed new and wonderful filming locations. In this report we are focusing on the top season 6 locations where Game of Thrones was filmed.

Northern Ireland continued serving as the camp base for this complex production. Spain and especially Catalonia picked up the slack of Croatia, that for the first time since the beginning of the series, was not used as set for King's Landing anymore.

In Spain you can find arid lands and deserts like in Morocco (used in season 3), a country that once more was dropped from the showrunners plan. The same for Iceland (featured in seasons 2 and 3) and Malta (1). Also you can find the season 3 Game of Thrones filming locations here following this link. Just in case if you haven't watched the series yet, this post is spoiler-free:

Filming Locations in Spain

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The steps of the cathedral in the magnificent city of Girona were used as the exteriors for the Great Sept of Baelor in King's Landing. Image by Dr Zoidberg


Great Sept Girona
This image is a combination of found locations and CGI. The top of the cathedral has been cut, to host the temple's dome and towers in its place. Also many Season 3 Westworld filming locations were filmed near the city, in the beautiful town of Besalu. Image courtesy of HBO


Scene in Girona
The scenes of the theater group representing a play were shot in Jurats square, where the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men made a cameo acting as musicians. The hall of the library of the city of Oldtown was shot on location in the abbey of Sant Pere de Galligants, at the other side of the bridge. Image courtesy of HBO


Girona as Braavos
Many more places in Girona served as the dark city of Braavos like the Pujada de Sant Domènec (pictured), and other narrow streets of the medieval city. Image by Thierry llansades


Ayra in Braavos
Ayra fighting in Braavos, with the Gothic apse of the cathedral of Girona in the background.
Image courtesy of HBO


Horn Hill Castle
The 11th-century Santa Florentina Castle in Canet de Mar is a superb mix of Gothic and Modernist architecture. It is doubling as Horn Hill, the seat of House Tarly, where Sam's family comes from.
Image by Castell de Santa Florentina


Bardenas Reales
The semi-desert landscape of Bardenas Reales badlands near Tudela (navarre), is the perfect setting for the Dothraki Sea, the arid vast steppe where the horse-mounted warriors live. Image by Xabi


Tower of Joy
The impressive silhouette of Zafra Castle in Guadalajara as the Tower of Joy.
Image by Borjaanimal


The shoot in Peniscola
The HBO production shot on location in the coastal fortified village of Peniscola, topped by a castle built by the Knights Templar. Image by Vaquero Francis


The city of Meereen
All the filming spots in Peniscola served as Meereen, the city conquered by Daenerys Targaryen in Slaver's Bay.
Image courtesy of HBO


Where is Game of Thrones set
A new set representing Vaes Dothrak (the only city in the Dothraki Sea), was built in the natural park of Sierra de Alhamilla, near the village of Pechina (Almería). Image by David Luque


Dothraki Sea
Also in Almeria province, shooting took place in the watchtower pictured called Mesa Roldán (as Meereen), on the Tabernas Desert (Dothraki Sea) and in the labyrinth of caves known as Sorbas Gypsum Karst near Cabo de Gata. Image by J.M Martin Quesada and HBO


Volantis bridge
The Roman bridge of Córdoba is doubling as the Long Bridge of the free city of Volantis.
Image by Fjmc65


Where is Dorne filmed
The Water Gardens in Sunspear, capital of Dorne, were filmed in two separate locations; The image pictured consist of the palace of the Alcazar of Seville on the left side, but the right side with the people and the pond belongs to the fortified citadel of the Alcazaba in Almería. Many are also wondering where Warrior Nun is filmed: The Netflix series was shot in the Baths of Lady María de Padilla, situated beneath this awesome historical complex.

Locations in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones set
Game of Thrones is headquartered at the Titanic Studios in Belfast. Pictured, the new set in the small village of Corbet that served as Riverrun, (the former seat of House Tully). Image by Jamcall


Castle Black set
Part of the plot in Castle Black is set at the abandoned Magheramorne quarry, where even a functional elevator was built. After George R. R. Martin visited the place, he said that "It’s a pretty spectacular, yet miserable location [...] the actors in the mood of being at the end of the world". Image courtesy of HBO


Winterfell set
Another key location is the detailed Winterfell set in the little village of Moneyglass.
Image courtesy of HBO


Samwell Tarly arriving to Oldtown and the library
Some more filming locations in Northern Ireland, according to the Game of Thrones Wikia are: Garron Point, the Magilligan peninsula, the ruins of Shane's Castle, Carncastle, Aghanloo Wood, the grounds at Saintfield (where a major battle takes place)... Image courtesy of HBO


Carnlough Harbour
...Carnlough Harbour as a canal in Bravos (pictured), Ballintoy port returning as Pyke, the coast near Glenarm, the disused quarry in Knocklayd Mountain nearby in Ballycastle, and Murlough Bay. Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon) is starring in 1917, the new one-shot acclaimed Sam Mendes film. You can find the filming locations and all the info about how was it filmed in our Filming Locations Guide: Where was 1917 filmed?
Image by Jerry Dohnal

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For further information, there are plenty of interesting books like the best seller The World of Ice & Fire from George R. R. Martin, including 170 pages with the history of Westeros and the lands beyond. To go behind the scenes we recommend you the two parts of Inside HBO's Game of Thrones filled with a lot of unpublished set photos, visual effects art, costume designs and much more about the TV production. Also there is a nice fully illustrated guide to the key Noble Houses of Westeros: Seasons 1-5 and the beautifully composed Pop-Up Guide to Westeros. Finally here is a link to the essential 5-book boxed Set from the Song of Ice and Fire series and to the so far most complete Blu-ray edition (Seasons 1 to 5):

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2 comments

  1. Hi, the picture of the Alcazar in Seville is digitally altered: it consists of two seperate locations. On the left side of the picture you can see the Alcazar in Seville, where most of the Water Garden scenes were filmed. On the right side, with the people and the pond, is the Alcazaba in Almeria. The two locations were filmed seperately and merged together.

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