Do people even watch movies, or keep up to date with the normal TV stations, anymore? #AskingForAFriend.
The majority of us have delved into the addictive world of series- (I don’t use the word ‘addictive’ very lightly-but, you know, when you’re driving a little faster, just to get home to turn into a couch potato and get your Game of Thrones fix, then that word is more than fitting). There’s just something so thrilling about immersing yourself in a completely different world, where everything plays out so flawlessly, and the backdrops have you feeling like you’ve been teleported to another planet, sometimes. It leaves you feeling nostalgic for a place you haven’t even been, like a boutique guesthouse in Cape Town or a secret garden villa.
So, wouldn’t it be awesome to visit the exact place that your favourite series was filmed? I’m pretty sure at some point, no matter what series you watch, you’ve admired the exquisite backdrops of some of the scenes and have perhaps wondered where on earth that is. And, even if you haven’t, I’m quite sure you’d be more than happy to stand where the likes of Jon Snow stood! Don’t fool yourself, buddy!
We’ve made a list of the main filming locations of the most popular series, of 2017, and what we can say, is; these filmmakers really know how to choose insane spots!
GAME OF THRONES
Belfast, Northern Island
Belfast is a dreamy, picturesque city, and is the capital of Northern Island. Although the heart of Belfast is a bustling city, rich in visually striking architecture and modern infrastructure; plush, green landscapes lay just around the corner. Take a 40-minute car drive from the city to the countryside of County Down and immerse yourself in the explicit, raw beauty. This was the main location for the entire TV series, and you can’t blame them for choosing this incredible location; it looks like something out of a movie-I mean, series. To make Belfast even more fascinating; it was the birthplace of the Titanic, and one can even visit the Titanic Museum!
Dubrovnik is a charismatic, charming city, found in the South of Croatia. It is located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, which adds that special touch to an already exquisite place. With its
medieval stone walls and gothic architecture, built in the 16th Century, it’s no wonder the Director’s of Game of Thrones chose this location for the ‘King’s Landing.’ Other than the awesome restaurants, and beach days that await you, you’ll be able to visit the actual Kings Landing. I mean, do you really need any more convincing?
You may not have considered Iceland for your next trip, but we’ve got all the reasons why you should. Volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, isolated landscapes and lava fields, make up the ‘usual’ topography in this incredible corner of the planet. The glaciers of Snæfellsjökull represented the ‘Fist of the First Men’ in GOT, and the hot springs (which is a MAJOR tourist attraction) was the location for Jon Snow and Ygritte’s sex scene!
Iceland is also rich in history, as this was the settlement for the Vikings, in the late 9th Century.
Although Suits wants everyone to think it was predominantly shot in NYC, they, in fact, shot most of the series in Toronto, Canada, and just dressed it up to look like New York (this is why I have trust issues). Toronto is a fantastic city, although not half as vibey as a Braai in Cape Town or party in New York. Visit Bay Adelaide West, a 51 story skyscraper, if you’re eager to see the building that serves as the offices of Pearson Specter Litt, otherwise spend your days waltzing around the city centre, or boating around Harbourfront.
New York City
Honestly, who wouldn’t want to visit The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the all-encompassing, New York City?! It’s a city so electric, vibey, well-marketed, and is a complete and utter sensory overload. There’s just so much to do-until all hours of the night if you’re a real night owl. When you’re not watching Suits, you could take a stroll through Central Park, or visit iconic landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. You could visit epic restaurants and shop until you pass out-why wouldn’t you want to do that?! What makes it even better is that it was the backdrop to some of the first scenes in our much-loved series, Suits. Yes, Harvey Specter has trotted about on those streets. Ahh, butterflies.
Columbia is fast becoming a leading tourist destination, in South America. The diversity of its landscapes is what attracts travellers, from all across the globe. From the enchanting jungle to majestic mountain ranges, and the crystal clear waters (similar to that of Lake Garda) of the Caribbean, it’s one place that should definitely sit right up there on your travel list. As we know, most of Pablo Escobar’s questionable antics were carried out on this soil, which makes it that much more interesting. One can even visit his old home, nestled in Puerto Triunfo, just outside of Medellin.
Fish Valley, Utah
Ever thought of visiting the wild wild west, where you can roam free, in peace and tranquility, away from the city buzz? The dramatic landscapes of Fish Valley, Utah was the chosen location for the incredible sci-fi series, Westworld, and it should be your chosen location, for your next desert trip! Open plains that go on for miles, unusually shaped rock formations and desert-like terrain, make this place a delightful, hidden gem.