Kings Landing, Braavos and Oldtown – If these places ring a bell for you then you will definitely want to take the one day trip to Girona in Game of Thrones edition.
Girona Province, the region of Catalonia, is a place with a great historical and cultural heritage. The old town stands on a hill along the east shore of the river Onyar where you can see eleven bridges that are in the line with colorfully painted buildings, beautifully reflecting in the water.
That is why some of the most beautiful buildings and architectural details from the old city center of Girona was filming locations of the sixth season of Game of Thrones hit series. Many streets were filmed as places in Braavos and King’s Landing, and the interior of the monastery in Girona was used as the Citadel in Oldtown.
3 best-rated GOT tours
Giving the fact that Girona is located only 30-minutes away from Barcelona, a lot of tourist agencies offers Game of Thrones tours from Barcelona to Girona. That is why we are bringing you the list of the 3 best-rated tours for different types of budgets.
Duration: 8 hours Price: 99€ More info
This tour is not the cheapest one but it has a 5-star rating and some great comments.
With this tour, you will have enough time to visit all filming locations and the great thing is that you will have a chance to feast like Robert Baratheon on an included Mediterranean lunch.
Duration: 6 hours Price: 55€ More info
Giving the fact that this tour includes 6 hours of exploring the city, Civitatis tour is one of the cheapest ones. It has the 8.8-star rating because it does not include a lot of activities but it offers a very informative walking tour of Girona.
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Duration: 2.5 hours Price: 40€ More info
Girona Experience is a small company that provides you the guide with a 5-star rating. Their quick tour to Girona gives you only 2.5 of exploring the city. Still, you will have enough time to take some shots from the Game of Thrones on the actual shooting location, learn the history of Girona and see many of its sights.
The list of the best GOT sites in Girona
We believe that each of the previously mentioned tours is excellent and nothing can be as good as a high rated and informative tour guide. Still, for those who prefer to take a trip by themselves and explore the city alone, we made a list of the most popular and iconic locations in Girona that were filming locations in the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
Take a look at the best historical heritages in Girona and use them as your personal guide into how Girona became King’s Landing!
You can begin your GOT tour by placing yourself in the shoes of a character from the House Lannister, the richest and most powerful family in Westeros. Walking by the streets of Girona you will see where Casterly Rock was filmed. A powerful rocky headland with a thousand-year-old habitation and fortification overlooking the sea. On the other hand, if you are a fan of House of Starks and their seat in Winterfell, you can imagine the homeland of the ancient House of First Men while discovering some of the hidden corners of the city.
Cathedral of Girona – Great Sept of Baelor The first and most iconic site that you must visit is the Cathedral of Girona in the Plaça de la Cathedral. Girona’s Cathedral was built between the 11th and 18th centuries with a gothic-style nave that is the widest of that kind. The sculptures of Twelve Apostles are magnificent and 91 stone steps are also worth seeing.
If you approach the cathedral from Via Augusta, you will pass under a large archway where Jamie Lannister and his troops marched to prevent Margaery’s atonement. Great Sept of Baelor is the place where Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark were married and where the marriage ceremony of King Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell took place. When Joffrey was poisoned at his own wedding, his funeral was held at the Great Sept of Baelor, and after Tywin Lannister assassination by his son Tyrion, his funeral was also held there. Lords and ladies from all over the Seven Kingdoms were lined on these steps waiting to give their respects.
Sant Pere de Galligants – Maesters’ citadel
Sant Pere de Galligants is Romanesque 11th-century monastery that is home to an Archaeology Museum of Catalonia. It can be seen from nearly 360 degrees, but some of the most interesting architecture is placed in the garden area, in the back of the building.
The Monastery appears in season 6 of Game of Thrones as the Citadel in Oldtown, the greatest center of learning in the world. Here is where Samwell Tarly, accompanied by Gilly and little Sam, approached to the front desk of the Maesters’ citadel where he wanted to train as a Maester, a learned man wise in history, science, and medicine.
The Arab baths – Bisbe Cartaña
After seeing the Cathedral, you can go through archway steps that take you behind the Cathedral. Take this route to Bisbe Cartaña, near the Jardins de la Francesa.
Here is where you will see Girona’s Arab Baths that was built in the style of the Muslim baths and date all the way back to the 12th century. They were the perfect setting for a famous scene of fight training between Arya and the Waif in the Free City of Braavos. The Waif was an acolyte of the Faceless Men serving in the House of Black and White in Braavos who played The Game of Faces with Arya so he could prove that she is worthy of becoming a Faceless Men.
The steps of Sant Domenec The steps of Sant Domenec are narrow stone stairs leading up to Pujada Sant Domenec’s convent doors. These steps were the place where the market scene with Arya and The Waif was filmed. You will recall the scene when Arya jumps out the window and lands in the middle of the market, knocking over an orange cart.
Now you know the best locations in Girona city filmed in the Game of Thrones hit series so you can compare them with the real spots while exploring city’s own landmarks, discovering its architecture, modern influences, and local food. If the temperature will be high enough, you can try a 'King’s Hand' ice cream, a Game of Thrones-inspired ice cream flavor, invented by locals! One more thing – bring walking shoes because you will have a lot of steers to climb!
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