Game of Thrones Season 5 Film Locations in Spain

In search of killer Game of Thrones Season 5 film locations, we’ve invited guest travel blogger and international travel photographer, Noel Morata to share with us his first hand experience in Spain. 

Game of Thrones Season 5 Film locations Alcazar in Seville

Photo by Noel Morata the Alcazar in Seville

Game of Thrones Film Locations in Spain

The Alcazar in Seville is simply stunning! With all its magnificent pavilions, palace interiors, courtyards, outdoor gardens, all the best artisans and craftsmen around Spain and even Europe were hired to build this elaborate Spanish Alcazar (palace). The palace is huge and lavish in its interior and exterior spaces and there is an endless supply of water features, fountains and statue displays. So many details, elaborate crafting and mathematical prowess were incorporated into building that it is no wonder why GoT chose this location to embody Dorne.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Film locations Alcazar in Seville

Game of Thrones Season 5 Film locations Alcazar in Seville

The Castell de Santa Florentina is located in the region of Catalonia, in a town known as Canet de Mar. This castle is known to Game of Thrones addicts as Horn Hill and the current home of Samwell Tarly. The castle was constructed in the11th century, but was expanded during the 14th. Ferrer de Canet was an adviser to the Aragon’s king during the time period, as well as a noble knight, and he was responsible for adding fortifications that were designed to keep the castle safe from pirate attacks.

spain, game of thrones locations, Pati de Santa Florentina Photo by Jordi Domènech i Arnau, All CC

Episode three of the sixth season is when viewers received their first glimpse of the Tower of Joy. Known as Castle of Zafra, it is perched atop a sandstone outcropin Guadalajara. With an altitude of 1,400 meters, this castle is one of the most unique sights that a visitor will ever lay eyes on. It’s simply a must-see for all the fans!

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Bardenas Reales Badlands to dedicated Game of Thrones viewers will look like the Dothraki Sea. In reality, this location is actually a Spanish national park, in addition to an Unesco Biosphere Reserve. What most viewers do not know is that the area contains the largest military zone in all of Western Europe. Fighter planes that travel at a rate that breaks the sound barrier can often be seen overhead. While this place can certainly be summed up as a badland, it is the furthest thing from a desert. Fields of gorse, rosemary and thyme can be found in this region, as well as wild orchids. The location may appear desolate to those of us who see it on HBO, but there is a great deal of natural beauty, simply waiting to be discovered by curious visitors!

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From the Editor – Christa Thompson, The Fairytale Traveler

For die hard fans and wanderlusters, the Game of Thrones Season 5 Film Locations are a must see if you’re in Spain. A very special thank you to Noel Morata; Photographer, writer, multi-media artist, and travel blogger at Travel Photo Discovery. You can visit his photography website as well. His stock images, personal projects and fine art photography can be found here and his Hawaii related imagery, culture and lifestyle photos can be found here.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Film locations Alcazar in Seville

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As Game of Thrones continues to rise in popularity and has become one of the television’s most consistently popular drama series, Spain has seen a noticeable spike in the number of tourists who are curious to find out more about where these episodes are filmed. It’s not even difficult to visit them, since you can save a lot on the airfare and hotels if you make good use coupons available at There are other great deals to enjoy as well, so you can get everything you need before your journey in Kohl’s or other popular shops and spend less than ever. So, the only thing left for you to do is pack a bag, and visit these great places!







About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day.

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3 Comments on this post

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  3. Actually the writer has the history of Alcazar completely incorrect. It was not modeled in the Moorish style, it is in fact a Moorish palace to begin with. Alcazar was initially built by the Almohad dynasty, the most intricate inscriptions and arabesques are from the Moorish Islamic period.

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