Top 7 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Malta
Game of Thrones became so much popular these past few years. It has invaded if not all the countries in the world but almost all countries. Everyone knows who’s Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen who is Khaleesi, The Mother of Dragons, The Unburnt Breaker of Chains, and Queen of the Andals.
Who wouldn’t know about the Stark girls Arya and Sansa, and of course, Brandon Stark (Bran) Let’s not forget the Lannisters Jaime and his twin sister Cersei? And of course “The Imp” Tyrion Lannister.
Lastly, Everyone knows that Winter is Coming!
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Game of Thrones series has influenced many people not to mention conventions like cosplay and other related stuff. It is now the number one topic of all ages!
Since the last season of the series would release soon let’s give you some of these beautiful locations where Game of Thrones filmed.
These Top 7 Places are the ones who should at least see when you pay a visit to this fascinating country Malta.
Going to Malta was my first time, and it indeed became very special to me. After visiting all the places where Game of Thrones filmed, I decided to share with you all the secret passage to achieve your goal as a GOT fan.
Therefore, I chose the Top 7 places that are easy and accessible to see or visit throughout your stay in this country. These are accessible via public transportation or by car.
Top 7 Mdina Gate (King’s Landing Gate)
Season 1 of Game of Thrones Kings Landing plays a big part. This where all the hatreds and rivalry started to unleashed. Part 3 of Episode 1 “Lord Snow” Catelyn Stark and Ser Rodrik ride into King’s Landing to investigate the attack on Bran.
Remember when someone tried to kill Bran while he was still recovering? Bran’s mother Cate was there she grabbed that dagger from the assassin luckily their dog saved them.
There isn’t much of difference between the Series and in real life. Kings Landing Gate is the Mdina Gate entrance to the city.
At this very place is where Lady Stark arrived and stopped by guards. As she thought no one is aware of her arrival in Kings Landing. However, she didn’t know that Little Finger or Lord Petyr Baelish is aware of all her plans.
It’s the same place where Ned Stark and Lady Cate bid goodbye to each other since Cate needs to go back to the North and find more evidence against the Lannisters.
If you like to read more about my tour in Mdina, you can visit my post: Mdina Malta, Medieval Town “Silent City”
Top 6 Pjazza Mesquita (Littlefinger’s Brothel)
Littlefinger’s or Lord Baelish’s Brothel is no other than the Pjazza Mesquita a small square in Mdina. After Lord Baelish guards interrupted Lady Cate, she brought them into his Brothel a safe place where no one would suspect that a Lady would stay.
Lord Baelish shows Ned Stark to his Brothel to see Catelyn who had snuck into the city.
Little Finger’s Brothel is the same place where Jaime Lannister attacked Ned Stark and his men after knowing that his little brother Lord Tyrion captured by Ned’s wife Catelyn.
It was a heartache when Ned Stark fought fare with Jaime but stabbed by one of Jaime soldiers on his knee.
Getting to Pjazza Mesquita was pretty hard. I have to turn many times and cross a bunch of narrow streets to find it. Luckily I have a tip to give, the easiest way to get to Pjazza Mesquita is to type on your google map the restaurant which can find it that square. It’s the Don Mesquita Restaurant.
Top 5 San Anton Palace (Red Keep Hallway)
San Anton Palace played a big part in Game of Thrones Season 1. It covers some of the places like the Red Keep Stables, Red Keep Hallway, and Red Keep Gardens.
I know you watched Part 2 of the First Episode, this place is where the Starks arrive at the Red Keep. There was also a scene where Ned is walking through the keep when a messenger informs him that the small council is meeting.
The scene where Varys and Littlefinger inform Ned that the Gold Cloaks are under his control.
There is a secret garden in Anton Palace which actually used to film the Red Keep Gardens. It’s the scene where Ned and Littlefinger discuss the actions of the former Hand right before his death.
Unfortunately, during my visit to San Anton Palace the garden was inaccessible to the public.
You can read on my post about The Famous Malta Gardens – San Anton Palace
Top 4 St. Dominic Monastery (Red Keep Garden)
Some of the Red Keep Garden scenes also filmed at St. Dominic Monastery. It’s a Monastery in Rabat which is not very popular at all before Game of Thrones was out.
Unlike other places that I’ve visited in Malta, this was the only one that has no tourist to compete. I was all alone taking my time and photos of this astonishing place.
Discovering from the Genealogy book about Joffrey Baratheon. He went to talk and warn Cersei that she has to go away and bring her children with her before he reveals the truth to Robert Baratheon the King.
But despite of Ned’s allegations to Cersei. Cersei insisted and triumphantly killed the King.
There’s the scene where a messenger informs Ned that Joffrey and Cersei requested his presence.
Getting to Dominican St. Dominic Monastery would be very easy if you have a car. The only problem would be the parking. It would take you some minutes to find are free space especially in front of the Church.
Top 3 Fort Ricasoli (Kings Landing Gate)
The first scene of Episode 1 Part 3 when the Starks (Ned, Sansa, and Arya) arrived in Kings Landing Gate it was Fort Ricasoli’s Gate. It appeared again on the scene when Arya Stark came back to the Kings Landing Gate after sneaking out to a secret passage in the Red Keep.
She heard about Lord Varys and Illyrio Mopatis’ conversation the Dothraki and her Father.
Fort Ricasoli’s view is excellent to see as I’m in Valletta for a day I told myself that I would visit this place. But it wasn’t possible to go here because of not enough time. So I just watched the Fort from the Lower Barrakka Gardens.
Top 2 Fort St Angelo (Red Keep Dungeon)
Continuing the part where Arya Stark went to chase a cat. It was from her Teacher (master sword-fighter) Syrio Forel’s assignment given to her. She chased the cat until the Red Keep Dungeon and saw those enormous dragon skeletons.
Thus, the Red Keep scene where she overhears Lord Varys and Illyrio Mopatis’ conversation is in this Fort.
Aside from Fort Ricasoli, Fort St. Angelo is equally stunning to its neighboring Fort. That’s why I chose it to be on the Top 7 Places. It has this magical allure that makes it very distinctive.
You can visit St. Angelo’s and experience the colorful history of the Fort and its role in the shaping of Maltese national identity. There are various architectural styles employed within this national monument, including staggering examples of artillery.
Top 1 Azure Window (Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s Wedding)
Gozo’s pride the Azure Window also featured in Game of Thrones. It could be seen behind Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding in episode 1 of Season 1.
Azure Window 30-meter-high rock formation surrounded by an unusual, alien-like stone, punctured with small pools of turquoise water. It has one of the highest numbers of tourist visitors every year.
Sadly, last March 2017 the Azure Window sea arch collapsed due to amid heavy storms. When I visited this year, this was its current state.
Dwejra Bay rocks seen as the background of Drogo and Daenerys. They have received 3 dragon eggs as a wedding gift from Illyrio Mopatis. It was also the moment where Jorah introduced in the series.
Apparently, there were some rumors that because of some scenes were taken in Dwejra Bay, Maltese authorities were not pleased and eventually contributed to the show’s eventual move.
And there you have it Ladies and Gentlemen my Top 7 Game of Thrones Film Set Locations in Malta.
Which one is your favorite? Let me know!
Bonus Information for GOT Fans
The photo above is Mtahleb Cliffs it’s the location where the Dothraki camped for a while after Khal Drogo collapses in episode 1 Part 9 entitled Baelor.
It is also the same place where Daenerys enters the funeral pyre and emerges with her dragons in episode 1 Part 10 Fire and Blood
My partner and I drove until Mtahleb Cliffs for about 30 minutes from Valletta. The road was a rough, steep going down to the cliffs since we followed the map and we stumbled in Mtahleb Valley where the view was exceptional.
You can visit the location by car. it requires you to walk as well so if you’re planning to visit Mtahleb Cliffs bring your proper shoes and don’t forget your camera.
Top 7 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Malta