If you've always wanted to travel by motorhome to all the Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon filming locations in Spain, this is the route for you.
Along the way you will discover magical places such as the island of Dragonstone, the desert that Daenarys crosses with the Dothraki, the battle arenas and the new locations from House of the Dragon. The two HBO productions, inspired by George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, were often filmed in Spain.
While House of the Dragon has so far been filmed mainly in two locations in Spain, the sequel Game of Thrones is set in different regions of the peninsula. For this reason, we have divided the route into two parts so that you can travel all or part of it.
In the first part you will see the castle where Jon Snow was born, the town of Meereen, the town of Braavos, the castle of the Tarly family and the island of Dragonstone. In the second part you will discover the Martell Gardens, the town of Dorne, Highgarden and an amphitheatre where a truce was agreed but never kept.
Type of route: Themed route
Theme: Literature, Fantasy, TV series, Game of Thrones, House of the Dragon
Start/finish: Campillo de Dueñas / Bermeo - Cáceres / Almería
Length: 1,396 km - 1,067 km
States/Provinces: Guadalajara, Castellón, Gerona, Navarra, Guipúzcoa, Vizcaya, Cáceres, Andalusia
Holiday regions: Bermeo, Zumaia, Navarre, Canet de Mar, Girona, Peñíscola, Campillo de Dueñas, Cáceres, Trujillo, Santiponce, Seville, Osuna, Almodóvar del Río, La Calahorra, Almería, El Chorrillo, Cabo de Gata
Our first thematic stop on the route from House of the Dragon is the Castle of Zafra in Guadalajara.
This imposing 12th century rock castle is the birthplace of Jon Snow in the tenth episode of the sixth season. In the series it is known as the Tower of Joy and the episodes filmed here reveal Jon and Ned Stark's past.
If you want to visit this castle, which is part of Spain's historical heritage, you can find a parking space here. And if you want to get to know the area better, you can join the Camino del Cid route, which will certainly not disappoint.
On the way to Castellón, we'll stop in the walled town of Peñíscola, which appears in several scenes in the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
When Tyrion and Varys talk about the civil wars in Mereen, they pass through the following areas of Peñíscola:
Continuing on to Canet de Mar, the third thematic stop is the Santa Florentina Castle.
When Arya is stabbed by the Waif and walks wounded through the streets of Braavos, she is actually only 98 kilometres from Barcelona, in Girona.
This city has an enviable historic centre. The beautiful cathedral has the widest Gothic nave in the world, and you will recognise it because in the series it is the Great Sept of Baelor. When you arrive, you can park here and visit all the locations where Arya's scenes were filmed in Braavos.
Many scenes were filmed in Girona, including the following locations:
Not forgetting the old library that Sam visited in the monastery of San Pedro de Galligans. And the play in which Arya watches the actress she is supposed to kill was filmed in Plaça dels Jurats.
The next stop on the route is the Bardenas Reales in Navarre. In the series, it is the desert where Daenerys appears with the Dothraki. If you want to be impressed by the alien landscapes, you should go to the town of Arguedas, and if you want to spend the night under the stars, you can do so here.
From Navarre we continue to Guipuzkoa, more precisely to Itzurun beach in Zumaia. This beach is characterised by spectacular cliffs that contain sedimentary folds millions of years old, a phenomenon known as flysch. Fossils of prehistoric animals are preserved in this type of sedimentation.
The panoramic view overwhelms all who visit.... no wonder the ancestral home of the Targaryens is here. The scene where Jon Snow goes ashore at Dragonstone to visit the Mother of Dragons was even filmed on this beach. Not far away you can visit Santiago beach, which offers calm waves and golden sand.
Continue to Bermeo, where you will find the famous steps of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. When you get there, you will notice that instead of the castle where Daenerys resides, there is a hermitage of great historical value. We recommend parking in Mikel Deuna Bidea street in Bermeo and taking bus line A3517 to get to the staircase.
The nearest town we recommend visiting is Barrika, which has also made Muriola beach available for filming. In this area you can do many activities, such as a boat trip for whale watching, a visit to the beach of Aritzatxu and Bakio, a surfing course or a walk along the coast of Barrika.
If you are a true lover of northern Spain, you cannot miss our Camino del Norte by motorhome.
We start the second route in the town of Trujillo, where you will recognise many of the locations from Game of Thrones and its sequel House of the Dragon.
Parking is available at the Trujillo RV park, and the historic centre is a 10-minute walk away. In the main square you will find the statue of Pizarro, which was replaced by a dragon statue in House of the Dragon. Other shots were filmed in places like the Silk Road, the Alberca and the Casa Museo de la Coria. The famous Altojardín Fortress from Game of Thrones was also filmed nearby, at Trujillo Castle.
We continue this fantastic tour through the historic centre of the city of Cáceres. When Euron arrives at King's Landing in Season 7, he crosses the Arco de la Estrella in Cáceres. The Plaza de Santa María and the Tower of the Storks also appear in the series.
Half an hour's drive away is the natural monument of Los Barruecos, where Daenerys and her dragon reduced the Lannister camp to rubble in the episode Spoils of War.
The route continues to Santiponce, a small town that holds an enormous treasure: the ruins of Italica. A unique historical testimony of the Roman city, the cradle of great emperors such as Trajan and Hadrian, founded in 206 BC. Although the amphitheatre of Italica had a capacity of 25,000 spectators in its heyday, it is used as a backdrop for the ruins of the Dragon Well in Game of Thrones, where Daenerys negotiates a truce with Cersei and asks for her cooperation in the fight against the White Walkers.
The best thing about Santiponce is that it is also part of the Silver Route. So if you're already here and want to change your route and head to Asturias, don't miss our Via de la Plata.
We are moving in the direction of Seville. To park near the centre, we recommend this location. In this vibrant city, you can visit numerous tapas bars and monuments, including the Royal Alcazar of Seville, the fictional residence of the Martell family in Game of Thrones, whose beautiful gardens and some rooms served as a backdrop.
There is a lot to see in Seville. If you don't know it, spend a few days there and then continue on the A92 to head for our next destination, Osuna, an ancient city with many palaces and Renaissance buildings. Osuna's bullring was used as the setting for the filming of the episode Dance of the Dragons. This small Sevillian town has an impressive historical and cultural heritage. We recommend you visit the Osuna Museum, the Convent of the Incarnation and the Coto de Canteras. You will find parking spaces here.
And now we will visit one of the most beautiful castles in Spain, continuing our journey to the Almodóvar Castle, home to two different kingdoms in Game of Thrones.
Most of the fortress became Highgarden, while the dungeons were used to recreate Casterly Rock. Today, Cordovan Castle offers guided tours and other activities such as medieval lunches and medieval combat training.
As we approach the end of our route, we pass the castle of Calahorra. This fortress was inherited by Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar y Mendoza and was originally built as a gift for his young wife. Situated on a hill overlooking the entire marquisate of Cenete, the castle is also one of the Spanish settings for House of the Dragon.
If you want to get away from it all for a few days in the countryside, 40 minutes from the castle we recommend a visit to the Alpujarras campsite, located in the mountains.
From here, head to the Alcazaba of Almeria, an exceptional location for any production set in the Middle Ages. In Game of Thrones, its landscapes were used as a backdrop for the idyllic Dorne. However, it must be said that some parts of Dorne were filmed in Seville and others in this place.
And now we have reached the last stage of the route. From the Alcazaba of Almeria, we continue to a tower that you will surely recognize....
When Daenerys drives the Lords out of Mereen in season six, her dragon rests on a huge tower on a hilltop. This is the tower of Mesa Roldán in Cabo de Gata, built in 1766 and declared a heritage site.
The panoramic view from the tower is breathtaking and the surroundings are perfect for spending a few days surrounded by nature, as the Cabo de Gata National Park is known for its golden sandy coves and crystal clear waters.
For the northbound route and more information on the Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon RV route attractions, please see our Explorer Map.