Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, Game Of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on TV right now. I have never watched a TV show that was so epic; crazy battles, deep, well-developed characters, exotic locations fantastic scripts, the list goes on.
I understand that not everyone is a fan of GOT. There are those who find the rampant sex disgusting, the insatiable appetite for world domination disturbing and the medieval violence, with all its blood, guts and gore hard to stomach.
I, however, am not one of those people.
For those people, I put together a detailed 3 Days Malta Itinerary. Although it will still include some the Game of Thrones filming locations, GOT is not the focus.
That being said if you’re as big a fan as I am then you know that one of the most attractive features is its locations.
Cue the G.O.T. opening theme music
…for my Game of Thrones Malta Locations
The Game of Thrones shooting locations spans several countries including; Spain, Morocco, Ireland, Iceland and Croatia for starters, and of course here in Malta. Probably, like most people, I’m ashamed to say I never really thought about Malta as a destination until season one of the Game of Thrones. So while in Malta, I wanted to surround my senses with the exact spots where the series produced some of its most memorable scenes.
Gozo & The Azure Window
Out of all Game of Thrones Malta Locations, The island of Gozo with the Azure Window is one of the most memorable. The island of Gozo is located on the Mediterranean sea and forms a part of the Maltese peninsula.
However, due to extreme weather, on 8 March 2017 (about 6 months after I was there writing this), The Azure Window collapsed and was lost to the sea.
The Azure Window, also known as the Dwejra Window was a limestone arch on the island of Gozo. The natural arch is 28-meter-tall arch was used for the epic Drogo and Daenerys marriage scene. During filming, it looked entirely different as the producers used a mesh covered in sand to create a desert-like effect.
Valletta is the capital city of Malta and home to a few of the locations used in Game Of Thrones. Aside from various King’s Landing scenes Valletta’s 17th century Fort Ricasoli was used to represent the Red Keep
The location has also been used for several other TV shows as well as popular movies like Gladiators, Troy and Assassin’s Creed. When the site is not in use for filming, it is open for tourists to visit. You can hire a “dghajsa” (modernized water taxi), to travel through the city in style.
In close competition with the Azure Window, one of my absolute favourite Game of Thrones Malta locations is Mdina. Before Valletta, it was once the first capital of Malta, and it’s the most beautiful location.
The Silent City, with its medieval walls, plazas, sandy stone buildings, and horse-pulled carriages are sure to awaken memories of King’s Landing.
This is probably because it was used as King’s Landing in season one before the Lannister’s packed up and sailed over to Croatia’s Dubrovnik and set up shop for season two.
Manikata is a small village in the northwestern part of Malta. On its outskirts are some remnants that were featured as the series Lhazareen village, the place where Khal Drogo was poisoned and eventually died.
Other than that there is not much more to see in this location. In fact, it’s quite a trek to even get there so this is reserved for the die-hard fans.
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