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! 

Game of Thrones

Game of thrones

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.

Malta Map

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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) 

Mdina

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.

Gate of Mdina

There isn’t much of difference between the Series and in real life. Kings Landing Gate is the Mdina Gate entrance to the city.

entrance of gate

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.

Lady Cath

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 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.

Brothel 1

Brothel

Brothel 2

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.

Littlefinger's Brothel

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

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.

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.

Red Keep

The scene where Varys and Littlefinger inform Ned that the Gold Cloaks are under his control.

red keep garden

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)

Red Keep Hallway

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.

St. dominic

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.

St. dominic scene

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.

st domi

st dominic attack

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)

Fort Ricasoli

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

fort gate

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)

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.

 Fort St Angelo

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.

fort angelo

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) 

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.

azure window

Dwejra Bay

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.

Dwejra Bay

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

Melhabs Valley photo

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.


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Top 7 Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Malta

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59 Responses

  1. Brittany says:

    Cool post! I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. Crazy I know. But it’s cool to see the real-life set.

    • Alexine says:

      Thanks, Brittany, It’s rare to find someone who haven’t watch GOT yet. In fact you’re the first one I knew (haha) may be it’s time for you to watch it!

  2. Arunima Dey says:

    I was in Malta for my honeymoon, one of the very few places were I did not travel alone haha. And I kid you not, the Azure Window collapsed literally the day before we were suppose to head to Gozo. We were already in Malta when it collapsed and still missed it. What luck.

    • Alexine says:

      Wow! that’s really nice to know that you were there for your honeymoon. I’m a bit sad to know that Azure Window collapsed but yeah that’s what nature is it’s always been unpredictable.

  3. Laurence says:

    For real? I envy you, you were able to see this places. I really love GOT and hoping to someday visit the settings they film the series. Didn’t know they have some in Malta. Definitely will take note of this. Thanks!

    • Alexine says:

      Thanks, Laurence, I really hope you can visit these GOT film set places. Anyways, there’s a lot more places to go there’s in Croatia, Spain, Morroco, etc., they are all on my list to visit.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t know why but I love visiting movie filming locations! It’s like you have this connection to that place and then you get to see it in real life- so cool!

    • Alexine says:

      I agree with you Elizabeth, it’s imaginable to be here. I was only watching it on TV and now I’m on the real life film set. The feeling is unexplanable!

  5. I love this! When I went to Croatia last year, I toured every filming spot I could. Malta is definitely on my list now!

    • Alexine says:

      Oh that’s really great to hear Nina, I’d love to visit Croatia too. I know it’s bigger in Croatia there’s more places to visit. I’ll surely visit them all!

  6. crystal says:

    This is AWESOME! I love learning about different filming locations. They spend so much on each episode to make it a hit, but these site locations look like they’d take so much time to develop for the set. You should definitely post more pictures

    • Alexine says:

      Thanks, Crystal, I’d love to post more photos! it wa a blast to visit here I got hundreds of photos (haha) absorbing that feeling of exitement it’s just unbelievable.

  7. alison says:

    Oh now I have to go back and re-watch all of the seasons after reading this. What fun. I love that show and think a visit to Malta is in order to go see all the places it was filmed.

    • Alexine says:

      Haha Alison, I can feel you. I’m also re-watching it all over again it’s my 3rd time (lol) But this time I’m looking and understanding the details and dialogue I think it’s really fun. What episode are you now?

  8. Umang says:

    Awesome! I am a huge fan of GOT and it was exciting to see the real places behind those amazing shots. I’m surely excited about their final season coming soon, hope to see those new locations on this blog as well.

    • Alexine says:

      Wow! that’s awesome to hear. I’m a huge fan here as well! I’m so excited for the last season too. Have you visited Malta or other countries like Ireland, Croatia or Spain for GOT filming locations?

  9. My fan girl self is really happy to know these places! I plan to make an itinerary for a GOT-related travel in the future and this is really helpful! Thank you! <3

  10. How cool is this!?! Love how you worked in the show stills w/ your real life photo – that helped connect the dots! This is a really cool to know and must have been fun to visit!

  11. Wow you really went to all these places? They look straight out of Game of thrones. Well actually they are! so surreal!

  12. Thanks for sharing! I love watching Game of Thrones and would love to see some of the locations. I’ve already visited Girona in Spain (that city is absolutely gorgeous!) but I would love to visit Malta as well.

    • Alexine says:

      Heya, me too! I have been to Girona but by that time I wasn’t watching GOT yet and now I realized when I watch last few seasons I told myself “Hey,I was there in the exact same location”

  13. There are two reasons I love this article. 1, I am a massive Game of Thrones nerd. 2, I am going to Malta next month! So I am taking note of everything in this, and can’t wait to visit these spots myself 😀

  14. Not a GOT fan but loved the locations. They are grand and beautiful.

    It’s sad to know that the iconic sea arch fell into the sea but still, I’d love to visit the Azure Window in Malta. The sea cliffs still look mesmerizing.

    • Alexine says:

      Thank you Anjali, really appreciate that. Yeah so sad that Azure Window is now just a the remains but still the Dwejra Bay is so beautiful and charming!

  15. Woah, looks like all game of thrones fans are going to crazy at these locations! Great post.

  16. Yukti says:

    I loved all 7 games of thrones locations in Malta. Pjazza Mesquita is beautiful with lovely green doors. Azure window is really stunning with natural rock formations.

  17. Renata says:

    I didn’t know they were filming in Malta, too. I’ve just been to Dubrovnik where it is the big thing. I’ve watched a short episode only after I’ve seen the places in Dubrovnik, though…

    • Alexine says:

      Hey Renata, if you watch the very first episodes of Game of Thrones which was really the episode where I fell in love with GOT’s story and I researched a bit and yeah found it!

  18. Love love this! I’ve been to the “Kings Landing” in Croatia. Also fun fact, I arrived late at night in Dubrovnik and my phone died that my hotel service couldn’t contact me. A local who was the first guy I saw helped me, called the hotel whose owner happened to be his best friend, set up a meeting place where they could pick me again, and I waited. Next morning I found out that the waiting place was the Kings Landing itself. And the funniest thing? The guy who helped me owned the tour agency that toured Sansa and Arya Starks. They got pictures!

    • Alexine says:

      Thank you Christine, I’m planning to visit Croatia soon hopefully, this year. Your experience is amazing! I can’t wait to visit Kings Landing!

  19. I absolutely loved all the comparison photos you threw into this for people like myself who don’t watch the game of thrones. These places look and sound pretty amazing!

  20. Rhiannon says:

    Great post! You know my feelings about Game of Thrones already 😉 I visited Malta last January but only for 3 days so didn’t really have time to scout out too many filming locations, which sucks! I did visit Mdina but honestly had NO idea it featured so prominently in the series. I need to go back, now!!!

    • Alexine says:

      Hi Rhiannon, that’s a bit unfortunate, it happened to me as well. I visited Gerona not knowing that season 7 was film there I was devastated I was even on the actual filming location I just saw it when I started watching GOT this year. I would love to go back just to trace all those places haha.

  21. As a massive Game of Thrones fan this was so fun to read!!

  22. Ryan Kretch says:

    YES! Was in Malta this summer, but somehow missed that GOT was taped there haha. Have to go back and retrace these roots now.

  23. Paul says:

    I love going to film location when I travel somewhere, it’s such a fun thing to do. As a massive GOT fan I would love to visit some of these places, thanks for collection them all with such useful information.

  24. NitasHa says:

    I am not much of a GOT fan. However I know how much this means to people who follow this series. Will definitely share it with them. I really can’t decide if Malta has become famous because of Game of thrones or GOT because of the beautiful locations of Malta. Nevertheless, it looks so inviting and worth visiting. Thanks for sharing Lexie.

    • Alexine says:

      Thank you Nitasha, I think Malta is an interesting country to visit even before Game of Thrones came but it sure did became more famous it’s like the same of Croatia.

  25. Claire says:

    I am dying to go to Malta! It looks so amazing and I am a GOT fan so clearly have to visit soon!

  26. Malta is on my bucketlist. I love how you have related it to Games of Thrones. I never thought about it till I saw all this.

  27. Diana says:

    I love game of thrones this is too cool because I have always wanted to go to Malta. It’s top ten on my next travel plans& I am also very excited to see the new season and see whether we will have revisits to these same locations!

  28. Charlotte says:

    Very nice pictures and insights on Game of Thrones!

  29. SuBhaSun says:

    Wow! Incredible post. I am a huge fan of GOT. Loved these locations. How amazing visit them all personally and get the feel of the biggest hit show?

  30. Anna Martin says:

    What a fabulous post. I just finished Binge watching through to Season 7! Love it!. I’m feeling the need to visit Malta!

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