6 epic Game of Thrones locations for holiday ideas

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The new series of Game of Thrones has begun and we're super duper excited. Check out 6 of the most awe-inspiring set locations for perfect vacay inspiration.

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Game of Thrones is back with a new season and what better way to celebrate than with a little look at where the enchanting world is filmed.

From the peat bogs and barren landscapes of Northern Ireland to the exotic and wild ports of Morocco, the GoT sets span far and wide.

Take a look at our stunning top six places to give you some holiday inspiration.

Mdina, Malta


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The King's Landing, Westeros and Seven Kingdoms scenes have all been created using a number of existing beauty spots with this same awesome backdrop.

The medieval walled town of Mdina is the ideal place for all those battles and love scenes alike.

Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland


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The stunning yet eery Mourne Mountains, in south-east Northern Ireland, were used to portray areas of Vaes Dothrak, home of the Dothraki.

The mountains have been linked with iconic literature in the past, including inspiring C.S. Lewis to write one of the best children's books of all time,The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Fort Lovrijenac, Croatia


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Fort Lovrijenac is an impressive fortress nestled on rocks just outside the old town of Dubrovnik, featuring impenetrable, 12 metre high walls.

For the purposes of Game of Thrones, the fort was filled in to be the set for the Red Keep castle, and all the interior scenes were all shot in a studio in Belfast.

Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland


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Where better for the chilly, desolate expanses north of The Wall than the frosty landscapes of Iceland?

The Frostfangs and the Fist of the First Men were shot on the Svinafellsjokull glacier in Vatnajokull National Park.

Essaouira, Morocco


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The beauty Daenerys Targaryen wiles away most of her time in the exotic port, home to the GoT's of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen.

For the purposes of the show, Morocco's charming little seaside town Essaouira was the perfect fit for the power hungry dragon queen.

Ballintoy Harbour, Northern Ireland


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Ballintoy is a teeny tiny fishing village at the North Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland.

It was put firmly on the map when it was chosen to represent the port of Pyke, on the Iron Islands. So much so that they now have their own GoT themed tour. Go them.

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