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Winter is coming, and sooner than you might think. That's right, the biggest TV event of the year is set to hit the screens soon. But before that, as you may have noticed: #SummerIsHere. And if you're looking to make the most of it, now's the perfect time to immerse yourself in the world of the hit TV series in various locations around Europe. Watch our trailer below, and then find out the top places to go to experience it all.

 County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Dark Hedges. Image by Lindy Buckley via Flickr Creative Commons

The Dark Hedges are near Ballymoney, and are one of Northern Ireland's most iconic historic sights. The avenue of tightly twisted trees was planted in the 18th century and features in the series. You'll also find Ballintoy Harbour less than 15 minutes drive away. Ballintoy is also home to the Carrick-a-Rede cliffs in series two. Further along the coast, to the east, you'll find the Caves of Cushenden, the scenic spot where Melisandre, the Red Woman, gave birth to the sinister shadow creature in Renley's storyline. A lot of the filming also took place in Shane's Castle is a 14th century ruins, found by the shores Lough Neagh.

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland


 Thingvellir National Park's rocky pathways might look familiar. In real life, Thingvellir is one of the key stops on the Golden Circle - the sightseeing tours that take in the best sites in the countryside around Reykjavik. Snæfellsjökull is Europe's largest glacier, but also doubles as the site of the ancient Wildling fort. Just outside Akureyi, Iceland's second largest town, you'll find the Volcanic lake, Mývatn. The surrounding frozen lava field was where the army set up camp in season three.

Mdina and Rabat, Malta


 The neighbouring historic cities of Mdina and Rabat are in the north of Malta. In Mdina, you'll probably recognise the city gates, and Pjazza Mesquita. Rabat's St Dominic Monastery doubled as the Garden of the Red Keep. The city's Verdala Palace also featured, as did the nearby Mtahleb Valley. That's where they filmed the dramatic final shot of the first season.

Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia

Courtesy Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Dubrovnik's Old Town is home to the Forts of Minceta and Bokar, Gradac Park, St Dominic Street and the Pile Gate. Just outside Dubrovnik, you'll find the Tresteno Arboretum, which featured heavily in season 3. And further along the coast, Split has also been featured a lot in the series. In particular, the cellars of the stunning Roman era Diocletian Palace and the nearby Klis Fortressa and Kasterl Gomilica.

Seville, Girona and Cácares, Spain

Alcázar of Seville
Seville's Alacazar palace convincingly played the part of Sunspear, the castle of House Martell. Several spots in the city are also set to feature in season seven, including the amphitheatre of the Roman city of Italica.  Over in Girona, The Cathedral of St Mary of Girona can be spotted in the King's Landing scenes.Sant Pere de Galligants a former abbey, was featured during Arya's fight with the Waif. The nearby Plaça dels Jurats was the site of Sheelba Square. Girona is also within easy driving distance of Barcelona, and along the way you'll find another location. The Castell de Santa Florentina in Canet de Mar. Cácares is UNESCO-listed for its historic buildings, and the Old Town is a mix of Roman, Gothic, Islamic and Renaissance architecture. The city's famous Moorish fort, the Castillo de Trujillo was one of the key locations  in season seven.


Essaouira. Image by Lawrence Murray via Flickr Creative Commons
Morocco doubled as the towns of Astapor and Yunkai. The famous fortified walls of the city of Essaouira were Astapor, where Daenerys liberated the slave army known as the Unsullied. Doubling as Yunkai, you might have already recognised the village of Aït Benhaddou. A particularly fine example of traditional Moroccan architecture, the village - found on the historic trading route between the Sahara and Marrakech - has featured in many films and TV series before. Want to explore a bit more? Our guide to Morocco is here. Find holidays to Morocco

Have we inspired you to take a trip? Let us know where you're going this summer using #SummerIsHere.