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Game of Thrones locations breaks to give fans their own epic holiday

Mirror logo Mirror 13/03/2017 Nigel Thompson

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">Rugged Iceland is place to be to look out for Wildlings and White Walkers</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Rugged Iceland is place to be to look out for Wildlings and White Walkers Iron mighty Game of Thrones will soon be back on our screens.

And as well as lashings of violence, naughty words, nudity, general mayhem, intrigue and fiery dragons, the telly titan has also introduced us to many worldly wonders.

Many of the spectacular locations featured on the show aren't just a product of green screen. The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are in fact shot only a matter of hours from the UK - and make ideal holiday destinations for Thrones fans (plus those who think Stannis is a stairlift).

Amidst the devastating news of the collapse of Malta's iconic 'Azure Window' - a famous Game of Thrones landmark - Mirror Travel has compiled a round-up of great deals at epic locations that can still be explored.

Ideal for those interested in a trip Beyond the Wall, across the Narrow Sea, or for anyone who reckons the only way is Essos...

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">A natural wonder like no other that's also home to top Game of Throne's moments.&nbsp;</span>Credits: Moment RF © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc A natural wonder like no other that's also home to top Game of Throne's moments. Credits: Moment RF 40,000 pieces of interlocking volcanic rock columns make up the area of Giant's Causeway - the result of an ancient volcanic eruption in the days of yore, whose ominous mood is only complemented by the crashing waves of the coastline.

The vast area is home to numerous memorable Game of Throne's moments, so make sure to book out a whole day to squeeze in all the sights.

Visit the caves of Cushenden where Red priestess Melisandre gave birth to her Shadow Assassin baby, then head over to Ballycastle, where Varys was born as a slave in the Free Cities, and then make your way to one of Northern Ireland's most photographed locations.

The mystical archway of intertwined trees that is Dark Hedges Road is a natural phenomenon, plus the fearful spot where Arya Stark dressed up as a boy to escape from King's Landing.

Aït Benhaddou, Morocco

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">Game of Thrones is a big fan of a slave city... and Essaouira is no exception</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Game of Thrones is a big fan of a slave city... and Essaouira is no exception Essaouira on Morocco's West Coast has made a great backdrop for plenty of TV and cinema gold, which is hardly unsurprising considering that the French-inspired fortress port looks straight out of a fantasy novel.

Game of Thrones fans will recognise the scenery as the dilapidated Astapor, home to the Eunuch slave soldiers known as the Unsullied, where Daenerys is almost assassinated.

You can see the land in all its peaceful, natural glory, rather than behind the drama of the famous Siege of Astapor.

Just make sure you don't fall victim to the horrific bloody flux...

Dubrovnik, Croatia

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">Beautiful Dubrovnik was used for King&rsquo;s Landing and Purple Wedding</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Beautiful Dubrovnik was used for King’s Landing and Purple Wedding The filming site for King’s Landing, this gorgeous city is the backdrop to the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s the site of betrayals, a beheading, the fateful Purple Wedding when King Joffrey’s drink is poisoned and his uncle Tyrion is accused of being the assassin, and Cersei’s very public humiliation by the High Sparrow.

Dubrovnik should be at the top of any GoT fan’s wine goblet list. It is a Unesco world heritage site and renowned for its historic port and walled old town. It also boasts elegant Baroque churches and aristocratic palaces.

Despite being one of the more expensive parts of Croatia to visit, you can get a great deal if you plan your trip around the quieter months of May and June or September and October.

Almeria, Spain

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">Game of Thrones fans can follow in their favourites' footsteps</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Game of Thrones fans can follow in their favourites' footsteps Revealed as one of the new locations for GoT’s fifth and sixth series, the versatile province of Almeria is in south-eastern Spain and was used for scenes in the cities of Meereen and Dorne and the Dothraki Sea (not a sea of course, a vast steppe).

It’s no stranger to blockbusters anyway. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade were shot in its rugged landscape.

The Costa de Almeria boasts more than 60 miles of untainted coastline, with hidden coves and soft sandy beaches. In Roquetas de Mar, there are beachside cafes and plenty of water sport activities, but venture a little further afield and you’ll find empty stretches.

The best time of year is July and August, though for the best prices avoid school holidays. And Dothraki horsemen.

Seville, Spain

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">It was in Seville where Jorah saved Daenerys (before she flew off on her dragon obvs)</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc It was in Seville where Jorah saved Daenerys (before she flew off on her dragon obvs) The GoT producers clearly like Spain. Featured in the fifth series, Seville is the flamboyant Andalusian capital and home to the Moors’ serene Royal Alcazar, one of the country’s most beautiful royal palaces which doubles as Dorne’s palace.

One of the most dramatic scenes of the fifth series – Meereen’s gladiatorial games in Daznak’s Pit which saw Jorah save Daenerys, and Drogon the dragon swoop down to attack the Sons of the Harpy – was filmed an hour outside Seville in the little whitewashed Andalusian town of Osuna. Around 550 extras piled in for the shoot.

The Royal Alcazar has around 700 visitors a day, so plan ahead and visit early for a more tranquil experience.

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">Architecture in the Royal Alcazar of Seville</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Architecture in the Royal Alcazar of Seville The cast stayed at the iconic Alfonso XIII hotel during filming in Seville – a place favoured by Hollywood’s elite and renowned for its baroque-style courtyard, decorative brickwork and wrought-iron features. There is no truth in the rumour the hotel bar has a Harpy hour...

Reykjavik, Iceland

<span style="color:#2c2c2c;font-family:'Open Sans', sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:bold;background-color:#f1f1f1;">Visit Icelandic site where Jon Snow and Ygritte romanced</span> © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Visit Icelandic site where Jon Snow and Ygritte romanced Iceland is where the Wall and ‘north of the Wall’ were filmed. You want Wildlings and White Walkers? This is the place.

It’s an essential part of the GoT pilgrimage and, since the series’ inception in 2011, Icelandic guides have been taking travellers based in capital Reykjavik on tours of the region to see locations such as the cave where Jon Snow and Ygritte had their first romantic encounter and where Samwell Tarly and Lord Commander Mormont were attacked by those pesky undead.

While visiting in the winter is a magical (and chilly) experience, the brief summer gives you access to the untouched parts of Iceland.

However, spring and autumn are the seasons to aim for if you want to enjoy less hostile weather at more reasonable prices.

It’s a haven for sightseers and nature lovers, and there is a tour for everyone – from walking to whale watching and volcanoes. Many can be booked in advance and some even include overnight camping. But check the weather. Prepare for anything. Dragonglass at the ready...

In pictures: where exactly was Malta's Azure Window seen in Game of Thrones?

In pictures: where exactly was Malta's Azure Window seen in Game of Thrones?

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