After our beautiful trip to Seville (blogpost here), I was going to write about our day in Dorne in a paragraph in the blog itself but I don’t really think it would have done it justice. Instead I decided to give it a blog of its own because frankly it’s damn well worth it.
As you will well know if you’re reading this, Dorne is the home to House Martell in Game of Thrones. One of my favourite and most dangerous Houses and sure to play an interesting hand in Season 7. Let’s all take a moment of pause for Oberan……*squelch*.
Their home in Dorne is perhaps the most magnificent of all the kingdoms. Beautiful Moroccan-esque gardens, water fountains and lush greenery surrounds Ellaria and her Sandsnake daughters. Fun fact – The Strand Beach in Portstewart is also a filming location for Dorne (blogpost from our tour of Northern Ireland filming locations here.)
So where is this filmed I hear you cry? Well the answer is Seville in Spain with most of the shots filmed in Real Alcazar. In the heart of the city, you will find the palace that the King of Spain still inhabits in the Winter months. It is the oldest Royal Palace still in use in Europe and was registered in 1987 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
I’m not sure I can find the right words to do it justice so I’ve included as many photos as I can but it’s not hard to see why the Game of Thrones scouts chose this as a filming location. It’s simply breathtaking.
I found myself walking round and round in circles, amazed at the architecture, the grandness and also the intricacy of the grounds and palace. I doubt the team had to do much to dress it up – just add actors.
There is a walkway in the terrace that provides the best views and you can also walk around the gardens, ponds and orchards of orange trees – not to mention the meandering peacocks. You can easily spend a full day here so make time during your stay. Entry is €9 per adult and is open daily. I thoroughly recommend you bring a bottle of water and a camera.