Dragonstone in Spain: Where Game of Thrones Season 7 was filmed

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From Dragonstone in Spain to Jon Snow’s Icelandic bolthole: Where season 7 of Game of Thrones was filmed (and what that might hint about the plot going forward)

Game of Thrones fans were once again on the edge of their seat following Sunday’s latest episode. 

And with the action-packed new season comes a whole line-up of breath-taking new locations.

Production has jumped around since the filming of the first season, with Ireland, Iceland, Malta and Croatia serving as some of the main settings in the past.

Since filming commenced for season seven in August 2016 and ended in February 2017, the studio has been based in Belfast, but plenty of the key locations were moved to Spain – both its coast and around some of its ancient monuments.

So what do these new destinations tell us about the unfolding plot? Well, it looks like Spain’s Castillo de Almodovar might serve as the setting for a major battle in Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell; and it seems likely that the Ruins of Italica in Seville will host some epic dragon action in Kings Landing in the coming episodes.

Here, we presents the grand and beautiful new film locations for the HBO hit’s latest season – and they’re all places you can visit in real life yourself. 

Itzurun Beach, Spain (Dragonstone)

Big moment: The first episode of season one saw Daenerys Targaryen return to the island of Dragonstone, her birthplace, which sits at the entrance to Blackwater Bay, just off the mainland of Westeros

Big moment: The first episode of season one saw Daenerys Targaryen return to the island of Dragonstone, her birthplace, which sits at the entrance to Blackwater Bay, just off the mainland of Westeros

Dramatic: The craggy beach she is seen landing on was filmed here at Itzurun Beach, next to the Spanish seaside town of Zumaia, Guipuzcoa

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain (Dragonstone)

Filming here at the Spanish islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe took place in October, and serves as the large and winding staircase that leads up to the Dragonstone castle

It was here that Daenerys took her place at the throne

Iceland’s Black Sand Beach

Earlier this year, Kit Harington was spotted filming scenes here at Black Sand Beach near the town of Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland - but for what part of the story?

According to the well-informed site Fansided, his presence here lines up with the expectation that Jon Snow will head north of the Wall and this could serve as a layover, perhaps Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, a seaside castle operated by the Night’s Watch

Castillo de Almodovar, Andalusia, Spain (Highgarden)

The ancient Medieval Castillo de Almodovar in Spain's Cordoba province towers over the town of Almodóvar del Río near the river Guadalquivir, and is the region's best preserved castle

Based on the presence of key actors and countless extras during filming, this castle almost certainly represents parts of Highgarden, the seat of House Tyrell which Lady Olenna (pictured) rules, and where a conflict is anticipated to unfold

Seville Royal Dockyards, Andalusia, Spain (Dragonpit)

Seville has already served as a filming location for the Water Gardens of Dorne in previous seasons, but filming here resumed once again last year here at the Seville Royal Dockyards, a 13th century medieval shipyard

It will in some way be used as a setting in the upcoming Dragonpit scenes - fictional ruins in King's Landing where a major showdown will take place - and where both Lady Brienne of Tarth is slated to appear

Lord Tyrion has also been presented here in promos

The lion's share of the Dragonpit scenes, however, will take place here at the ruins of Italica in Santiponce, Seville, a Roman-age amphitheatre which was closed to the public during filming

The Dragonpit is a cavernous facility, now abandoned, that used to function as a home for dragons in King's Landing back when the Targaryens had the Iron Throne, and it seems entirely possible that Daenerys may re-open it

 

Magheramorne Quarry (The Wall)

It served as one of the very first opening scenes in season one, and The Wall is all that separates the White Walkers from the rest of civilization in the South

Significantly less impressive without all the ice and the CGI effects, the abandoned Magheramorne Quarry, in Northern Ireland's County Antrim, is used for filming scenes involving Castle Black and the Wall 

Stangford Castle, Ireland (Winterfell)

Winterfell, house of Stark, has triumphantly changed hands from the Boltons back to its rightful owners and is now headed up by Sansa 

It is filmed at Stangford Castle Ward Estate and the Castle Ward tower in Northern Ireland's County Down,

The surrounding Tollymore Forest Park, seen here, is where the Starks first adopted their direwolves

 Caceres, Spain (King’s Landing)

Much of King's Landing has been filmed in Croatia's Dubrovnik thus far, but new scenes were filmed here at Plaza de Santa Maria in the Spanish town of Caceres in Extremadura in December

The Castle of Trujillo, Spain (Casterly Rock)

The Castle of Trujillo will also feature in the seventh season, almost certainly as the setting for Casterly Rock, the Lannisters’ western stronghold. Filming took place here in November 2016, and Lannister flags were seen flying from its turrets

Los Barruecos Natural Park, Spain

This national park was set aside for 'large water scenes', according to Skyscanner, with a cast of 500 extras and 100 horses present for filming, so we can only suspect a great battle is slated to take place here

 

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