Game of Thrones is quintessentially the most spectacular television series ever made, and its popularity has broken all erstwhile records. The most downloaded series from Internet, #GOT saga has now made travels to its exotic filming locations a new trending story. Travellers are incessantly booking hotels at the reel life Seven Kingdoms. Predominantly shot in Iceland, Spain, Croatia, and Northern Ireland, there have been a ceaseless search for hotels in these places as per the data provided by Trip Advisor.
There has been a dramatic increase of 30%. In fact, the ancient city of Split in Croatia that is known as King’s Landing or Dubrovnik has witnessed a tourist surge of 120%. The famous soup kitchen scene with Cersei Lannister visiting High Sparrow was filmed here. City of Sibenik that serves as Braavos have seen a 60% rise in tourist footfall.
One of the best performers is Serville (Spain) where searches have increased up to 145%. The palatial estates of Alcazar have been transformed into the in the Game of Thrones’ fourth and fifth seasons. Approximately 8000 visitors throng this place every day. Plaza de Toros of Osuna in Spain is the gladiator arena of the fifth season.
Game of Thones has been a boon for Northern Ireland. The most recognisable sites are Dark Hedges and Shillanavogy Valley. Capital city Belfast is searched almost 120% more than ever. These places offer the thrilling landscape that reminds the fans of the saga which keeps them on-the-edge.
The Magheramorne Quarry, County Antrim of Northern Ireland was used to film scenes of Castle Black and the Battle of Black-water. The breathtaking Mourne Mountains provided the scenery for Dany’s entrance into the Dothraki holy land. In addition to that Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland were used to film Winterfell, Castle Black and the Stark family war encampment. The Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple serve as the backdrop for Dragon-stone Castle and Black-water Bay.
Scotland is another favourite destination, where Game of Thrones sequences were shot in 13th century built Lord’s Tower and East Wall of Doune Castle. World Heritage Site Essaouira in Morocco is the place in the series that played the part of Astapor, the slave-trading city where Daenerys freed the Unsullied. Also, Ouarzazate, a town in Morocco was the reel venue for Dany and Khal Drogo’s memorable wedding.
Paradise on earth, Iceland has Europe’s largest ice-caps. Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon was the place for White Walkers. To the excitement of most fans, Skaftafell National Park in Iceland was the setting of Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love story.
Game of Thrones is the most sensational and remarkable television phenomenon happening at present. An extraordinary amount of tourist footfall is quite expected and will be legendary, reaping great profits for these beautiful nations.
Article by Mausam.