What does Season 5 of Game of Thrones have in store?
We can tell you that according to HBO the much anticipated new season was shot in 5 countries on 151 sets over the course of 240 days!
We take a look at the best, courtesy of Conde Nast Traveller.
The beautiful Southern most part of Spain was a frequent location for Game of Thrones this season. The most memorable of all of them has to be The Alcázar of Seville, the beautiful royal palace at the center of the city. Though the palace is Seville’s biggest tourist attraction, the cast and crew got permission to shut half of it down to film crucial scenes set in Dorne, the southernmost part of the kingdom of Westeros and the home of fiery, vengeful, Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal).
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About an hour east of Seville is the small historic town of Osuna which opened up its bullring to host a gladiator-style scene where Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) settles a score with Meereen slave masters. It was said to take 12 days to shoot this one scene—practically a blockbuster film’s schedule.
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Roman bridge of Córdoba, Spain
The Roman bridge of Córdoba, northeast of Seville, was shut down for shooting and show runners confirmed that the historic Andalusian city, home to a number of 16th-century palaces converted into hotels, is standing in for Volantis, one of the oldest Free Cities in this slave-trading realm.
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Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Game of Thrones returns to Dubrovnik, the stand-in for King’s Landing since season two. This year a new Baratheon king sits on the Iron Throne (again), and Cersei Lannister is scheming against a new foe (again): a religious zealot named the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), who’s trying to help the poor and disenfranchised of Flea Bottom, the slums of King’s Landing.
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Kaštel Gomilica, Croatia
A few hours along the Dalmatian coast is the seaside city of Kaštel Gomilica, which was born around a single “kastel” in the early 16th century. Now, it doubles as Braavos, where young Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is heading for an education in assassin-ry.
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Titanic Studios, Belfast, Northern Ireland
“Belfast remains the heart of the show,” they say in the Game of Thrones Season 5: A Day in the Life” short ; if that’s the case, Titanic Studios is the beating heart. The warehouse studio is adjacent to Titanic museum, and within the same port where the Titanic itself was built. The studio is home to the sets for Meereen this season.
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Magheramorne Quarry, County Atrim, Nothern Ireland
This season, Magheramorne will welcome a newly constructed fishing village north of the Wall—where the Wildlings live, zombie-like White Walkers roam, and all rules and loyalties are forgotten. The “game of thrones” doesn’t apply up here.
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*Condé Nast Traveller, April 2015