Game of Thrones is one of the most spectacular shows on TV, and its producers have travelled the cast and crew to incredible locations around the world to bring Westeros to life. Now hard-core fans are visiting these locations in droves.
One of these location is the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe on the Northern coast of Spain, known to fans as Dragonstone.
At the end of season six, we saw Daenerys begin her journey across the narrow sea to Dragonstone – the ancestral seat of House Targaryen – to take up residence in its castle and enact her plan to sit on the Iron Throne.
The Mother of Dragons arrives in Dragonstone on the first episode of season seven, and fans saw her dramatically walk up its long, winding staircase with her advisors before saying to them, “Shall we begin?”
In real life, the steps lead up to a monastery that was originally built in the 9th century. However, it’s been rebuilt a number of times since then. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe can be translated to “Castle Rock”, which is totally appropriate.
This is how much its visitor numbers have dramatically increased thanks to Game of Thrones…