Now that season 7 is over for Game of Thrones, I’m even more dragon-obsessed and a little (ok, a lot) depressed that we have a 2 year wait before season 8. Many of the episodes this season have filled me with so many different feelings, that I still haven’t finished processing them all. As always, Game of Thrones takes us to some of the most gorgeous filming locations and this season was no exception. My favorites, though, were where we saw Daenerys’ magnificent dragons in action. Of all of the Game of Thrones season 7 filming locations, these 3 spots in Spain are at the top of my list.
Game of Thrones Season 7 Filming Locations
Dragonstone – San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain
I’m not going to lie, but I definitely cried when Dany got to Dragonstone. It was a hugely emotional moment. This is her ancestral home and where she was born, and witnessing her finally see this place with her own eyes was quite moving. Gaztelugatxe, which means “castle rock” is an islet on the coast of Biscay in the municipality of Basque Country in Spain. Although we won’t find the CGI castle complete with a throne to rival the Iron, there is a hermitage dedicated to John the Baptist at the top of the island and a man-made bridge connecting it to the mainland. According to legend, you are supposed to climb up the steps to the church and ring the bell 3 times and make a wish, which will come true AND you’ll be free of evil spirits. Maybe Jon should’ve tried this to be rid of the undead.
Dragonstone Beach – Itzuran Beach, Zumaia, Spain
The beach where Daenerys and crew land is called Itzurun Beach in Zumaia, Basque Country (Spain). Her entry point to Westeros was as spectacular as ever. This is one of two beaches in this town and is situated amongst one of the coolest rock formations ever making up the longest set of continuous rock strata in the world, known as the Flysch.
The Dragonpit – Amphitheater, Italica, Spain
The Dragonpit is a beautiful, but sad place. Royal dragons of the past were kept within this domed pit and were said to have never grown to the same size of dragons that were allowed to fly freely. During the Dance of the Dragons, a mob came and killed the four chained dragons and when one tried to fly away, she flew into the ceiling, where it collapsed and left the Dragonpit in ruins. Eventually, these magnificent creatures died out, leaving little use for the Dragonpit. Although not a happy place for Dragons, I loved seeing Drogon stiring up dust in Cersei’s face as he made his landing. The amphitheater is a Roman ruin located in Italica, Spain and seated about 25,000 spectators.
What was your favorite of all of the Game of Thrones season 7 filming locations?