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Screen stars: destinations that steal the spotlight

11/04/2019

Have you ever watched a film and felt just as captivated by the setting as you did by the performances? These iconic destinations – all of which can be visited on a P&O Cruises holiday – have featured in iconic films and series, and now, they’re ready for their turn in the spotlight.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik played a starring role as the fictional city of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones

In honour of the final series of Game of Thrones, we bring you six stunning filming destinations from the show that you can explore in real life. Whether you’re a super fan or a casual viewer, read on to find out more about the captivating locations featured in the show.

 

Game of Thrones (2011-present)

Various locations

 

Dubrovnik

With its beautiful harbour and medieval walls, Dubrovnik is heaven for history buffs – and perfect for a starring role as the fictional city of King’s Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms.

Shore experience: Game of Thrones Walking Tour 

 

Seville

Seville is famed for flamenco, tapas and incredible architecture, and now it can add its status as a Game of Thrones filming location to that list: the Alcázar palace served as the Palace of Dorne in season five.

Shore experience: Sights of Seville tour. 

 

Split 

Split  is a mix of fascinating history and modern life, all in a spectacular setting overlooking the Dalmatian coast. Game of Thrones fans will know recognise it from season four, when it was transformed into the city of Meereen.

Shore experience: Game of Thrones 

 

Malta

Combine Malta’s  8,000 years of history with a surreal landscape and it’s not hard to see why it served as the setting for King’s Landing in the first season of Game of Thrones – especially the town of Mdina.

Shore experience: Mdina On Your Own 

 

Belfast

Northern Ireland has been a key filming location for every season of Game of Thrones. Much of the series has been filmed at Belfast’s Titanic Studios, and the country’s atmospheric forests, rugged coastline and craggy castles have starred in many an outdoor scene.

Shore experiences: Game of Thrones – Winterfell; Game of Thrones and Medieval Banquet

 

Akureyri

Iceland’s landscape can best be described as ‘otherworldly’ – a magical terrain of glaciers, lakes, lava fields, waterfalls and geothermal lagoons. The country’s dramatic setting created the environment for many scenes from Game of Thrones’ third season.

Shore experience: Game of Thrones ‘Beyond the Wall’ shore experience

Alcázar palace

Add this Game of Thrones filming location to your list: the Alcázar palace in Seville

Far from the tales of love, religion, murder and mystery that Game of Thrones brings its fans, a whole other world of cinematic exploration awaits. Order a martini – shaken, not stirred – and try your luck in the Casino de Monte-Carlo or live like the locals and take in the city sights and sounds with a passeggiata through the streets of Rome. There’s something for everyone with these seven spectacular places – made famous by films you know and love.

 

The Painted Veil (2006)

Li River near Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China

 

Based on the 1925 novel by W. Somerset Maugham about a British doctor and his unfaithful wife moving to a remote area of China to help fight an outbreak of cholera, John Curran’s 2006 film The Painted Veil features breathtakingly inspiring scenery. Wanting to find an authentic and distinctive Chinese location, film scouts covered nearly 5,000 miles all over the country looking for an area that had an ancient town in close proximity to a river and mountains, settling on Guangxi Province in Southern China. Sail the dreamy Li River on a three-night overland shore excursion on cruises to Shanghai (rejoining your ship in Hong Kong).

Shore experience to Guilin and the Li River: Guilin, Wall & Beijing Overland – Double

 

GoldenEye (1995)

Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco

 

The legendary Monte Carlo Casino was built in 1863 and with its impressive facade and luxurious location in the principality of Monaco – the second smallest country in the world after the Vatican – it has starred in many blockbuster hits, including two Bond films. The glamour and opulence provided the backdrop for Pierce Brosnan’s Bond and Famke Janssen’s Xenia Onatopp to play a game of baccarat in GoldenEye, and guests can get a taste of the luxury on cruises to Monte Carlo.

Shore experience with an external visit to Monte Carlo Casino: Highlights of Monaco

 

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

Central Park, New York, USA

 

New York’s vibrant green heartland is one of the most filmed locations in the world. Established in 1857, Central Park’s 843 acres are brimming with attractions that many an avid film-watcher will recognise. The pastoral wonderland provides the backdrop to Rob Reiner’s 1989 American rom-com classic When Harry Met Sally, one of the most quintessential Central Park love stories of all time.

Shore experience to Central Park: A Walk Around Central Park 

 

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal), Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

 

Jaipur plays a central role in John Madden’s comedy drama about a group of British pensioners who move to a retirement hotel in India, with many of the city’s landmarks featuring in this big-screen hit. Madden chose to film in Rajasthan due to the city’s wealth of rich colours, the chaotic buzz and the heady mix of agricultural and modern life. Visit Jaipur on a five-night overland shore excursion on cruises to Colombo (rejoining your ship in Dubai).

Shore experience to Jaipur: The Taj Mahal – Double 

 

Roman Holiday (1953)

Various locations, Rome, Italy

 

Audrey Hepburn may have won an Academy Award for her role in the romantic classic Roman Holiday, but the city of Rome itself proved just as captivating on the big screen. Hepburn and Gregory Peck took audiences on a whirlwind tour of many of the city’s key sights, from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.

Shore experience to see Rome’s key sights: Roam around Rome 

 

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

Various locations, Cephalonia, Greece


Set in the Second World War, when Italian forces occupied the Ionian islands, the relationship between Italian officer Antonio Corelli (Nicholas Cage) and defiant local islander Pelagia (Penelope Cruz) plays out on the island of Cephalonia. A host of locations – Myrtos Beach, Mount Ainos, Agios Fanentes and Dikhalia village – are clearly recognisable. The village of Sami, meanwhile, was recreated to resemble the Venetianèsque village of Argostoli, which was largely destroyed during an earthquake in 1953.

Shore experience to Sami: Natural Wonders of Cephalonia 

 

Pirates of the Caribbean (2003, 2006 & 2007)

St Vincent & the Grenadines


With its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and lush interior, St Vincent and the Grenadines was the quintessential backdrop for the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. Retrace the steps of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and co by swashbuckling your way around spots such as Bequia, Wallilabou Bay and Black

Point, all of which will be recognisable to fans of the popular Disney franchise.

Shore experience to Wallilabou Bay: St Vincent Schooner 

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