While armchair fans of cult HBO series Game Of Thrones are preparing themselves for an epic fifth season of magic and murder in the comfort of their sofas, hardcore aficionados are making their way to Northern Ireland and Croatia to experience the stunning set locations firsthand.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire novels”, Game Of Thrones follows the rivalry and discontent between several noble families on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos.
The ambitious series is shot in a number of locations around Europe and North Africa, including Northern Ireland, Spain, Malta and Croatia. Creative forces behind the show deliberately scouted spectacular landscapes and historic ruins, in order to avoid using computer generated images.
Northern Ireland, home of iconic locations such as the Haunted Forest, Winterfell, and Dragonstone, is welcoming more Game Of Thrones pilgrims each year and reports suggest the tourism sector has received a boost since the hit show went to air around the globe.
In Split, Croatia, several tour companies are vying for the Game Of Thrones market, offering tours to the 1700-year-old Diocletian’s Palace, home of Daenarys’ throne room.
The upcoming season was filmed primarily in Northern Ireland and Croatia with other scenes taking place in the Spanish cities of Seville and Córdoba.
Season five of Game of Thrones begins April 12, 2015.