- "House of the Dragon" takes "Game of Thrones" fans back to the fictional continent of Westeros.
- In real life, filming took place across Europe on beaches and medieval towns open to the public.
- From King's Landing to Blackwater Bay, here's how George R.R. Martin's world compares to the filming locations.
High Tide is the home of Lord Corlys Velaryon and his wife, Princess Rhaenys. King Viserys and his royal court visited the dramatic setting most recently in episode seven for a funeral.
The origin of St. Michael's Mount blends history and mythology. According to the UK National Trust, the rocky island was first mentioned all the way back in 495AD. There are reportedly tales about how seafarers were drawn to it by mermaids.
Myths aside, the mount is only accessible via an ancient causeway at low tide, and stands today as part of the seaside town of Marazion, a popular destination for beachgoers and those keen to discover its rich history.
But in the world of "House of the Dragon," it doubles as Blackwater Bay, Condé Nast Traveler reports. The bay is the primary stronghold of House Velaryon. Like the Targaryens, the Velaryon family traces its roots back to the ruined city of Valyria in Essos.
This was where the Velaryon army and Daemon Targaryen held their war camp.
According to House Beautiful, filming for a scene depicting House Velaryon camps took place in Kynance Cove, Cornwall.
If you plan to visit to enjoy the cove's beaches in the summer, you won't be running into any Westerosi soldiers but rather plenty of beachgoers — it's a popular seaside spot, according to the National Trust.
The surrounding sea is turquoise blue, and the sand is white, so it's no wonder the website advises anyone visiting to arrive early so as to avoid any disappointment in finding parking, which is a 40-minute walk from the cove.
This was the scene where Craghas Drahar was shown nailing prisoners to contraptions that would make them drown when the tide came in. In the meantime, crabs feasted on the still-alive soldiers' flesh.
It's difficult to think that what looks like an idyllic English beach has been turned into the Stepstones — an inhospitable collection of islands — in "House of the Dragon."
As reported by the Radio Times, the fictional islands known as the Stepstones are found between the Narrow Sea, waters separating Westeros and Essos, and the Summer Sea. While conditions on the islands aren't livable, the group of islands still play an important role as they are right in the middle of a trade route between Westeros and the Free Cities.
This was one of the courtyards that Princess Rhaenyra's carriage crossed. The setting included what looks like a large dragon statue made from "dragonglass" (AKA obsidian).
While shots of King's Landing in most seasons of "Game of Thrones" were filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia, "House of the Dragon" used Cáceres, Spain as the primary location, Condé Nast Traveler reports.
But those who saw the opening shots of episode one of "House of the Dragon" will know that the red-tiled rooftops and winding medieval roads perfectly reimagine King's Landing much like it was depicted in the original show.
In reality, the old town of Cáceres, an UNESCO World Heritage site, has a rich history of its own. According to UNESCO, it was ruled by "powerful rival factions" between the 14th and 16th centuries and was the site of battles between the Moors and Christians.
This scene came early in the first season, when King Viserys was offered the young Laena as a future wife.
In the second episode of "House of the Dragon," Princess Rhaenys, Lord Corlys Velaryon, and other members of the Small Council try to persuade King Viserys Targaryen to marry his second cousin, 12-year-old Lady Laena Velaryon.
There is a scene later in the episode where Viserys and Laena are shown somewhat awkwardly getting to know each other while on a walk through beautiful, manicured gardens with views of the sea surrounding Kings Landing.
Filming took place in the Gardens of Santa Clotilde in Lloret de Mar, Spain. And that seascape might actually be real. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the botanic gardens — available to visit for 6 euros, or around $5.97 — overlook the Balearic Sea.
Daemon and Laena had taken up residence across the Narrow Sea, in a city called Pentos. The castle they were living in belonged to a lord who hired them to fight with their dragons.
Filming of Pentos took place in a rather picturesque town in Granada, home to a well-preserved Italian renaissance castle with roots dating back to 1509, according to the tourism website.
It's also a national monument now under private ownership, but anyone can put in a request to visit.
New episodes of "House of the Dragon" air Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. For more, read our essential guide to all the Targaryen kids on "House of the Dragon."