From Iceland’s sweeping glaciers and snow-covered lava fields to Croatia’s imposing sea fortresses and golden sand beaches, the list of Game of Thrones filming locations already reads like a roll call of the world’s most spectacular destinations. Since the fantasy-drama series first took off in 2011, Game of Thrones tours have proved a popular way for fans to discover the real-life locations around the globe, and with seasons five and six, another top destination has made the cut—Seville in Southern Spain.
The biggest plot-line for the show's fifth season was the introduction of Dorne, the southernmost realm of the Seven Kingdoms, and the hot, dusty climes and rugged mountains of Spain's Andalucía make a memorable backdrop. In Seville, travelers can visit the grand Alcázar, one of Europe’s oldest castles, which doubles up as the Water Gardens of Dorne, home to House Martell. With its unique Moorish design and magnificent gardens, the UNESCO-listed royal castle is a suitably ostentatious home for the notorious Red Viper (Prince Oberyn), where viewers are introduced to his brother, Prince Doran, and his illegitimate daughters, the Sand Snakes.
Seville’s historic Plaza de Toros bullring also stood in for the fictional Daznak’s Pit in Meereen, while the 16th-century La Colegiata church, Seville University and the nearby stone quarries of Osuna can also be seen on screen.