Travel back in time to medieval United Kingdom and Spain in the prequel series to the smash HBO hit, House of the Dragon.
HBO’s House of the Dragon chronicles the power struggle for a seat on the Iron Throne, 127 years before the birth of Daenerys Targaryen. Everyone wants their chance to rule, and with the House Targaryen succession so uncertain, the House of the Dragon’s walls are filled to the brim with tension, distrust, and betrayals. Follow King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine,) as he navigates the inner and outer turmoil spreading throughout King’s Landing.
City of Caceres
The City of Caceres within Spain features once again as King’s Landing in House of the Dragon. Appearing in season seven of Game of Thrones, the City of Caceres belongs in the Gothic Age. With cobbled streets and 15th century architecture, it’s no wonder that Caceres is fit for the king. Explore the streets, avoiding the City Watch, helmed by King Viserys I Targaryen’s brother Prince Daemon (Matt Smith).
St. Michael’s Mount
Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and the King Viserys voyage to House Velaryon in Blackwater Bay, which is located in the United Kingdom on what is known as St. Michael’s Mount. According to its website, St Micheal’s Mount is “ancient and rugged” as well as “a treasure island of myths and legends.” With rolling hills and beautiful waters, you too can feel as powerful as two kings meeting on ancestral land.
Holywell Bay Beach
Holywell Bay Beach appears in episode seven of the prequel titled “Driftmark.” In this scene, Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Daemon finally give into their desires after Leana Velaryon’s funeral. Although it may be poorly showcased in the episode, the beach is quite breathtaking. Holywell Bay Beach in Cornwall is filled with golden sand, plenty of dunes, caves, and grottos to explore. The trip will definitely capture the heart of any adventurer.
Castillo de la Calahorra
The Castillo de la Calahorra is home for House Targaryen in House of the Dragon. Located in Granada, Spain, this castle is used repeatedly throughout the later episodes by Prince Daemon. This castle is fitting for the ruthless Prince Daemon, as during the Spanish Conquest, it served as a prison. This aesthetic quickly becomes very similar to Prince Daemon, with a charming and warm exterior, but when one is brave enough to enter, they are surrounded by ghosts who will not stop clinging to their regrets.
The Vale of Arryn is a stretch of hills ruled by House Arryn. In the series, the Vale is “Protected and surrounded by the Mountains of the Moon, isolated from the rest of Westeros making accessible only during warmer seasons,” according to a Game of Thrones website. Luckily for our modern-day visitor, Castleton, the backdrop for the Vale, is easily venturable. Its website states that Castleton is “a popular tourist village in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park.” This village doubles as a walking center for anyone who wishes to embark on a trek, either here or beyond.
Kynance Cove is just a few miles west of St. Michael’s Mount. This lovely beach serves as a Velaryon camp in House of the Dragon. According to its website, Kynance Cove is “probably the most photographed and painted location in Cornwall.” With its white sand beach, the dark red and green serpentine rock, it is easily imagined as a secret camp, hidden away from sight, but ready to unleash its power at any given moment.
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