1. San Juan de Gaztelugatze – Bermeo, Basque Country
Connected to the mainland by a winding double-arch stone bridge, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe cuts an imposing figure. The islet is topped by an ancient hermitage and surrounded by churning seas – it’s easy to see why HBO scouts picked this particular spot. At this stage the scenes are a point of speculation, but what we do know is that filming took place in October last year, as the Councillor for Tourism reports the Game of Thrones cast “needed a winter environment”… surprise, surprise!
2. Beach of Itzurun – Zumaia, Basque Country
The spectacular Basque coastline is tipped to be a filming site for one of the seventh season’s major game changers – it looks like Daenery Targaryen’s kickass fleet might be taking advantage of Itzurun beach! Located just across a tiny fishing harbour, the Itzurun coastline unfolds in a dramatic spectacle of jagged flysch cliffs and rolling surf. As it turns out, the beach is a hotspot for surfers as well as the Mother of Dragons.
Another Basque coastal location HBO has pegged for Game of Thrones filming? A secluded beach called Playa Muriola, yet again a favourite amongst surfers in Barrika.
3. Reales Atarazanas de Sevilla – Seville, Andalusia
Seville is no stranger to Game of Thrones, having already served as a filming location for the Water Gardens of Dorne in seasons past. HBO returns to the Andalusian capital city to film scenes at Reales Atarazanas de Sevilla, a 13th century medieval shipyard otherwise known as Seville Royal Dockyards. While the exact details are unclear, keep an eye out for the shipyard’s catacomb-like interior when Game of Thrones premieres in July.
4. Ruins of Italica – Seville, Andalusia
If you think the ruins of Italica in Santiponce, Seville look like something out of a Game of Thrones combat scene… well, you’d be right! This Roman-age amphitheater has probably seen plenty of gladiators in its day, and its tradition of sword wielding violence will be revitalised in 2017 in GoT’s seventh season. The well preserved circular stone seating and vast surrounds will now play host to some highly anticipated seventh season battle gore.
5. Castle of Almodóvar del Río – Cordoba, Andalusia
Castillo de Almodovar is an iconic marker of the Cordoba province, towering over the town along the banks of the Guadalquivir – river cruise, anyone? It’s one of the best preserved castles in Andalusia, with architecture that harkens back to the Middle Ages. Sounds like the prime destination for one who’s lording it over the masses… and rumour has it that Game of Thrones will be using this hilltop castle as Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell.
6. Cáceres, Extremadura
The town of Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City over thirty years ago due to its unique blend of Roman, Moorish, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Fast forward to 2017 and Cáceres has been graced with another, rather different honour – not one, but three features in the coming season of Game of Thrones!
The Old Town of Cáceres is hinted to be the real life version of King’s Landing. Boasting cobbled stairways, sparse stone walls and olive tree gardens tucked under the shadow of the city’s battlements, it is the land that time forgot. The Castle of Trujillo will also feature in the seventh season, being the main suspect for Casterly Rock. What with its Arab flourishes and horseshoe arches, the fortified palace is clearly the perfect fit.
7. Los Barruecos Natural Park – Cáceres, Extremadura
The Los Barruecos Natural Park marks the third time Cáceres features in Game of Thrones. The national park was set aside for “large water scenes” with a cast of 500 extras and 100 horses, so we can only suspect a great battle is slated to take place on these grounds. This comes as no surprise, as the peneplain is dotted with lakes and gargantuan granite boulders – the ideal setting for the ambush at Malpartida.