Girona for the Game of Thrones lover: the ultimate self-guided tour of Girona GoT filming locations

Girona for the Game of Thrones lover: the ultimate self-guided tour of Girona GoT filming locations

The city of Girona is worth a stop when traveling in Spain, regardless of whether or not you are a Game of Thrones fan. While touring the historic medieval center, be sure to stop at some of Girona’s Game of Thrones filming locations and geek out on the city that stars as Braavos, Oldtown, and Kings Landing. Read on for the ultimate self-guided tour of GoT filming locations in Girona, but beware: major Season 6 spoilers are ahead!

Game of Thrones Girona Tour

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Fun (non GoT-related) fact: the red bridge pictured was designed by Gustave Eiffel just before he designed the Eiffel Tower.

Start where most tourists begin their tour of Girona: from the tourist information point next to the public parking. Cross the Rio Onyar via the Pont de Sant Feliu, which will take you to the beautiful Sant Feliu church.

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Begin your trip crossing the bridge seen here, which leads you to Sant Feliu. Behind it you can see the larger cathedral, which is used as the Sept of Baelor.

It’s not in Game of Thrones (that I know of, but it’s worth a stop . . . and not because Mark Zuckerburg ate at the River Cafe at the bottom of the steps). Admire the beautiful Baroque facade before taking a left down Carrer de la Barca (next to the River Cafe), which will lead you to Carrer del Bellaire at the first intersection: make a right onto this street and admire the beautiful bridges across the dry creek bed before taking the steps down to Carrer del Riu Galligant, known in GoT speak as Oldtown.

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Filming locations are on both your left and right. Get ready! Dum-dum-dum-dum . . .

Scene 1: Sant Pere Galligants (Oldtown)

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Maester-in-training Samwell makes an appearance here in a scene where Girona stars as Oldtown.

Samwell, Gilly, and Sam Jr. hesitantly approach the front desk of the Maesters’ citadel, which is actually Benedictine monastery Sant Pere de Galligants. This Romanesque 11th century building is now home to an Archaeology Museum that is worth a visit: the large building makes you feel as small as Sam and Gilly seem when approaching the Maester’s desk.

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The beautiful monastery can be viewed from nearly 360 degrees, and some of the coolest architecture is in the back, which is also a garden area.

After visiting the monastery, walk around the back to the peaceful garden and pond area. Take the bridge from the garden and cross the dry creek bed, climbing the stairs to enter Plaza del Jurats, which is where the theater scenes with Arya were filmed.

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Note how the “river” is in fact just a dry riverbed that they CGI’d the water into.

Scene 2: Plaza del Jurats/Arya and theater scenes

You will recognize Plaza del Jurats as the location of the (very meta) theater production that Arya watches, where the actors play out the scenes of the lives of her family members and the Lannisters.

Behind this camera is a wall with stairs: take these up to a small garden area with a better view.

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The area is often used for productions IRL. Pretty cool!
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Split screen of the production and the plaza, for funsies.

Walk through the gate to the left of the building (which, you may notice, was covered by green wooden doors in GoT), and head on to your next location, the Arabic Baths. After exiting Plaza del Jurats, take the immediate left stairs.

Scene 3: Arya and The Waif chase scene

Several times in Season 6, there are market scenes in Braavos: these were all filmed here. To your right are the Banys Arabes (Arabic Baths), which are worth a visit for any tourist. Inside are the baths that Arya stumbled upon during her chase scene with The Waif.

Outside of the Arabic Baths is the street where the market scenes were filmed, and the cobblestone streets and stone walls make it easy to imagine the scene. Head down this street, Carrer de Ferran el Catolic, as it wraps around to Via Augusta. Take a left to head to Scene 4. We are entering Kings Landing!

Scene 4: Queen Margaery’s Atonement; Sept of Baelor

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Yeah, it’s still standing.

The pinnacle scenes of Season 6 happen here, at the main Girona Cathedral. As you approach the cathedral from Via Augusta, you pass under a large archway: this is the same archway Jamie Lannister and his troops, including House Tyrell, marched under to prevent Margaery’s atonement. Swoon.

Walk up the steps (all nearly 90 of them!) and thank your stars you’re not riding up them in a horse (how cool was that?). From the top, notice how the green screens and CGI allowed for the addition of the ocean. Technology!

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Of course, the church is also the Great Sept of Baelor, and the pinnacle of the last episode of Season 6.

Sigh. I guess they won’t be filming Season 7 in Girona after all.

The cathedral is worth a visit: if you’d like to see its impressive nave, you can buy tickets to the left of the entrance (if you’re facing the beautiful doors and facade). If not, head to your right for some more photos and for Scene 5, Arya as a blind beggar and the first fight scene with The Waif.

Scene 5: Arya’s blind training with The Waif

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After walking to the side of the Cathedral, you will notice that you have three options: walk down the steep street, walk to your right and slightly up for the upper part of historic Girona, or go through an archway and ascend steps that take you behind the Cathedral. Take this last route to Bisbe Cartaña, near the Jardins de la Francesa.

Heading up the stairs, this street will wrap around the Cathedral, which allows for a beautiful and close-up view of the church’s architecture. It will also take you to the first scene of Season 6 with Arya, where she is begging and is then approached by The Waif for fight training.

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Another split screen shot, because I’m that much of a nerd that I found the exact steps where she was sitting.

From here, we have to make it to the final stops: beautiful Sant Domenec via Carrer Sant Llorenc. To do so, head back the way you came: down the steps to the Girona Cathedral, all the way back to the beginning of the church steps. From here, while facing the cathedral, Via Augusta will be to your left and another street, Carrer de la Forca, will be to your right. Take this street.

Scene 6: Carrer Sant Llorenc

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One look at the narrow, stone street’s archway and steps and it makes sense why this was used for some of the Arya and The Waif chase scenes: it’s a GoT director’s dream. Stop here for some pics and be sure to head up it as well: it’s actually quite a long street! From here head back to Carrer de la Forca, where you were.

Carrer de la Forca is a great place to do some souvenir shopping, if you’re into this sort of thing. (I love the pottery and ceramic shops along it!) Shopping or not, continue down this street until you get to our final stop, Pujada de Sant Domenec.

Scene 7: The steps of Sant Domenec

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Pictured here are the steps during 2016’s Flower Festival, which seemed very GoT appropriate. Any other day of the year, you can grab a meal at the restaurant located just to the left. 

The narrow stone stairs leading up to Pujada Sant Domenec’s gorgeous convent doors was one of my favorite places in Girona long before it was the market scene with Arya and The Waif. The beautiful stairs were the location for the scene where Arya jumps out the window and lands in the middle of the market, knocking over an orange cart.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments. I could geek out on this stuff all day.

Stay in Girona

The best thing about staying in Girona? Exploring the medieval city at night, when the streets are deserted and you feel as if you have the entire medieval center to yourself! We love Girona so much that we bought a vacation home there: check out our adorable, completely renovated and modern top-floor, two-bedroom Air BnB in the historic center. Its beautiful views of the Sant Feliu cathedral are pretty magical, and so is waking up to the peeling of church bells and the view of the steeples peaking through the skylights. Mention this article when you book the apartment and you will receive a 15% discount on the total price of the booking. 

37 thoughts on “Girona for the Game of Thrones lover: the ultimate self-guided tour of Girona GoT filming locations

  1. Honeslty- thank you so much for this! I had your article open all day while I indulged my geekiness around girona!
    Your directions were so clear and the route so well planned- you were a godsend!
    Really can’t thank you enough- my day in girona was amazing!

    1. Danielle I’m so glad you enjoyed Girona and that my guide was helpful! It’s an incredible city, isn’t it? Thank you for taking the time to comment about the tour and that you enjoyed it: looks like I’m not the only one who enjoys geeking out on GoT! 🙂

  2. “Not all heros wear capes.”
    Thanks Amanda. The guided tours are so expensive and I really want to surprise a friend who is the biggest GOT fan without paying almost $200 for both of us. I’ll be sure to update you afterwards. Thanks again!!!

    1. Ahahahaha Lola you crack me up! You are so very welcome. I look forward to hearing how your tour went! My brother just proposed to his girlfriend on the steps this week: that’s what happens when you’re in Girona and are a huge GoT fan! 🙂 Hope you had the most fabulous time!

  3. Thank you so much for this list with the embedded youtube clips!! Perfect recap of all the scenes & description of the route & names before I went and ventured it myself. Best GOT run down!

  4. Thank Youfor posting this!! I followed it easily!!! I am supper geeked for the start of the new season! How many people can they they have bee to Kings landing! Me!!!

  5. Thank you for this very well laid out tour! Your directions were very easy to follow and we had an amazing time geeking out about game of thrones!! (It’s also an amazingly beautiful city!) thanks again

  6. Thank you for all your detailed directions! Based on your info and a few other GOT enthusiasts’ posts I made my own GOT walking tour today! Please note that the stairs referred to in your last paragraph lead to the doorway at St Marti. The stairs are part of Pda. San Domenec, not be confused with the stairs of the church of San Domenec. Thank you!

  7. Thanks so much for this – we went to Girona today and used your guide, saving loads of money on a guided tour. It was so easy to follow and we loved seeing all the locations! What an incredibly beautiful city. We’ll be back for sure.

  8. Thank you so much for putting this together and for sharing a little bit of this lovely city with us all. It saved me a good deal of money on a guided tour, and it was so cool to have pictures and videos to compare against the actual sites in Girona!!

  9. Thanks a lot for posting this awesome article.

    I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones. I’ve been watching it since it came.

    My favourite character is Missandei. I really liked your
    article and will share this on my Twitter.

    Thanks a lot for a great post.

  10. Me and my family are going to Spain two weeks from now. Thankfully I was able to come across your post and thought that this would be a great side trip for the family since my dad is an avid GOT fan. I know for sure that he would be really happy. I’ll just keep it to myself for a while so as not to spoil the surprise.

    1. Awesome! What a cool surprise for your dad! If you’re staying in Barcelona, Girona is an easy day trip: less than 40 minutes by train from the Barcelona Sants station. I hope you enjoy every moment in Spain!

  11. Hi Amanda, we’ve visited Girona before but were unaware of it’s link with GoT.
    We had a blast yesterday following your guide and enjoying seeing the city in a different light.
    I wrote a post on our day out in our travel blog (www.lambiestravels.com) and linked to your post (hope you don’t mind).
    Thanks so much for a great post.

  12. Thank you so much for this. I am going to Barcelona with my sons tomorrow and with tickets for the match already purchased the official GOT tours were beyond my budget.
    Now we can get ourselves to Girona on the train and follow your wondrful guide.
    X

  13. Thank you for this post – We visited Barcelona last week, and because of this post we decided to visit Girona on the last day of our trip since we are huge GOT-fans. We had the most wonderful day in lovely Girona, and the self-guided tour is so easy to follow. Our two girls, aged 10 and 6, had no problem keeping up, and they enjoyed our little family adventure thoroughly. 🙂

    Bonus info: The entire tour is only 1,5 km. 🙂

  14. Dear Amanda,
    Me and my wife would remain ever grateful to you for this blog. It was fantastic we thought. We were pretty late to Game of Thrones and started watching only a month before Season 7 would be aired. But we managed to binge watch all 7 seasons within a span of three months. This goes on to show how much we fell in love with the series. When we were visiting Barcelona for Christmas we found out that Girona has some iconic shooting sights from season 6, so we started looking for hints online and possible tours. When I came across this blog, my search stopped. The way you described the route, with episode snippets in them and photographs of what to find, makes it one of the best blogs in existence. We loved Girona, Game of Thrones or not. But we could plan our day trip in the best possible way because of you. We visited Girona, Braavos, Kings’ Landing and Oldtown all in one day thanks to your detailed synopsis. The next best thing to Game of Thrones should be this blog of yours. Many thanks yet again. If you have more blogs on other GOT shooting sites, would love to follow them.

  15. Hi Amanda and all that have responded!

    Getting ready to head to Barcelona in June and will be stopping in Girona for a day trip.
    We are 2 adults, 2 seniors (68ish…) and 2 kids (3 and 6). Do you think the walk would be okay?

    Do you think that we will miss the “Knowledge” from a guided tour?

    Thinking of doing it on our own since we can spend as much free time as we want and eat where we want.

    any opinions if traveling from Barcelona and back to easy and relatively cheap?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi, Victor! How exciting that you are all heading to Girona. You will have a great time!

      The walk will probably be fine: medieval Girona slopes up gently from the river, and there are several ways that you can walk up ramps to get to the main cathedral. Looking at Sant Feliu (the first church you see when you cross the river from the Pont de Sant Feliu), take a right. Walk down the only street you can walk down (Carrer dels Calderers) and you will come to a ramp (Pujada de Sant Feliu) that will take you up and around to the main cathedral. That’s the easiest walk to it.

      It’s once you get to the main cathedral that you’ll either have to walk up ALL of the steps or take the ramp to the right (if you’re facing the cathedral). This will also take you up the top of the steps (without having to walk any).

      I think the guided tours are an excellent way to get to know the city’s history, which is rich and fascinating. (They don’t call it the “City of A Thousand Sieges” for nothing!) We booked a tour through the city of Girona tourism office and it was well worth it: it’s next to the parking lots with the buses, on the “new” side of the river. If you take the bridge that leads you to Sant Feliu, you will see the Information Point before you get on the bridge (Pont de Sant Feliu).

      Getting to Girona from Barcelona is cheap and takes less than an hour. Take the train from Barcelona Sants station, which is hub easily accessed by many metro lines. You’ll want the regional trains, not the metro: at the station, they can assist you with the tickets. There is a train that leaves almost every hour; ticket costs vary depending on the time of day but can cost less than 11 euros. The ride is lovely and quick! From the Girona train station, you can either walk or take a cab to the old town: a good place to have them drop you off is right where the Information Center is (and where my little tour begins). There are plenty of places for the cab driver to drop you off since it’s where all of the buses are, next to parking lots.

      A few things, since you’re traveling with children:

      – Across the street from the parking lot/information center is a HUGE park. It’s a beautiful place for the kids to run and it’s shaded. It’s a lovely stroll! And if you’re walking away from the old town, with the tree-lined walkway on your right, on your left will be a park with ponds and ducks and geese. The children would probably love it.

      – You can also walk along the city walls, but you have to walk up stairs at many points and there are places that aren’t so safe. I’d probably skip this, especially in June when it’s so hot and there’s a stretch that’s not shaded.

      – The streets are, in many places, very large cobblestones. Be careful and wear comfortable shoes.

      – Check out Plaça Independencia, just across the river from the old town, to eat. The kids can run around and it’s almost all pedestrian. Avoid the strip of more touristy restaurants on the old town’s strip, Rambla de la Llibertat.

      – There’s a carousel near the market, should the kids wanted to ride one. With the river and the old town on your left, walk along the street that runs parallel to the water and you’ll come to it before the market (Mercat del Lleo).

      I recommend not going on Sunday or Monday because many things are closed.

      If you have any other questions, let me know. Safe travels and enjoy!

  16. Thanks for this awesome post! We just did the walk today and it was fantastic! So much better to do it ourselves than to pay for the 80€+ tours that are offered.

  17. I’m going to Girona in a couple of weeks, and this was so helpful!
    I’ve been to other locations in Malta, Iceland and Northern Ireland.
    The places are beautiful on their own, but a little GOT makes it even better!
    Thank you!

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