In part one of two of the Game of Thrones Guide to Travel, we looked into locations and vacations that showcase and feature similar experiences too, Kings landing/Braavos, heading north of the wall, and of Winterfell.

Part two of my adventure to come as close to taking you back in time and reality, to Westeros and Essos as I possibly can, we travel to Astapor and the Water Gardens of Dorne. Which bring us to Morocco and Spain, where I’m sure you won’t see any dragons or meet the unsullied, but you will be gauranteed to not only be taken through time, but you’ll also see some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


One of the three great city-states of Slaver’s Bay, ancient Astapor is home of the infamous Unsullied. Its moniker ‘the Red City’ is well deserved given that every structure in the city is all constructed of the same red brick. It makes sense then that the real life colourful fishing town of Essaouira, Morocco stands in for this fictional slave-trading city. Dating back all the way to Orson Welles’ Othello, Essaouira’s historic medina has been a hot commodity for Hollywood producers looking for an out-of-this-world filming location. Fans who travel on Busabout, offering independent travellers a freestyle form of travel with its unique hop-on hop-off flexible coach network, “Morocco Express” itinerary can get up close and personal with the city that gave Daenerys an army of Unsullied warriors. Here, visitors can explore Essaouira, situated within 15th century Portuguese fortifications, where great beaches and surf beckon. While real life Essaouira doesn’t have any armies for sale, fans can wander through its various souks to buy a carpet or Thuya woodcarving. For those looking to relax, there are plenty of cafés with terraces that are ideal for passing the time – you might even spot the Mother of Dragons if luck is with you.

Busabout’s 5-day “Morocco Express” journey is priced from $930; departing now through to December 2016. Visit or consult your travel agent for more details.



Water Gardens of Dorne



This is an excerpt from the article The Game of Thrones Guide to Travel – Part 2 which originally appeared on