Game of Thrones Locations Create a Surge of Interest in Spanish Destinations
If you’ve been glued to the TV with season 6 of Game of Thrones, we bet you’d love to find out where your favourite scenes were filmed! According to Trip Advisor, filming locations in Spain have experienced an influx of traveller interest, keen to get a ‘real life’ glimpse of the dramatic locations.
From castles to natural wonders, let’s take a look at where you can have your own Game of Thrones adventure.
Campillo de Duenas
The Castle of Zafra is the drawcard for interest in the village of Campillo de Duenas, located in the province of Guadalajara. Its role in Game of Thrones is the Tower of Joy, where a young Ned Stark and Howland Reed fought Ser Arthur Dayne.
The castle was originally built in the 11th century by the Moors and is now privately owned. The good news is, you can still view the imposing fortress with permission from the Sanz family, who are the private owners.
The Castle of Zafra is the number one tourist attraction in the area and Trip Advisor suggests the cheapest time to travel is in November, with the average price for nightly Campillo de Duenas accommodation at £38.
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Follow in the footsteps of Arya Stark, in the historic walled city of Girona. With cathedrals, churches and winding alleys, the backdrop for Braavos is cheapest in November, with average Girona hotel prices at £62.
As a university hub, Girona is home to edgy art galleries, trendy cafes and fashionable boutiques, set in the restored buildings of the Old Town. Stroll through the medieval alleys and discover the fascinating Museum of Jewish History.
Visit the city’s most celebrated structure, the Gothic cathedral on the Plaza de la Catedral, which has the widest Gothic nave in the world. This is also the spot to stop for lunch at a café, to admire the scenery while you dine. As night falls, hit Rambla de la Llibertat, for a look at Girona’s social heart.
The Alcazaba of Almeria was used to film scenes for the peninsula of Dorne and the medieval fortress is worth discovering. The 10th century citadel is second only in size to Granada’s Alhambra and you can explore its towers, rooms, squares and courtyards.
With the sunny climate of Andalusia, Almeria city offers lovely beaches and sweeping views of the sea. You’ll find a maze of winding alleys, tapas bars, bustling cafes, trendy shops and tree-lined streets.
Be sure to visit the Barrio de la Chanca, in the old town, with colourful dwellings partly built into the rocks of the hillside, and jump on the tourist train to see the city sights. The cheapest time to visit is October, with average Almeria accommodation prices at £71 a night.
Seville has long attracted tourists with its fairy-tale architecture, the Guadalquivir River, mysterious alleyways and fantastic dining scene. It’s a walker’s paradise, with the historic centre offering the cathedral, Plaza Nueva and the Alcazar royal palace – the backdrop for the House Martell’s private Water Gardens residence, in Game of Thrones.
Browse through ceramics in the Triana neighbourhood, buy the city’s famous bitter oranges at local markets, stroll around stunning gardens and take a horse and carriage ride. As night falls, there’s endless opportunities to indulge in tapas, sangria, churros and vibrant nightlife in bars and clubs.
Trip Advisor suggests visiting in August for the cheapest overnight Seville accommodation prices, at around £52. November is also a great month to visit, with cheap flights available.
Bardenas Reales Natural Park / Tudela
The incredibly unique landscape of Bardenas Reales Natural Park makes for a spectacular battle scene backdrop. The semi-desert landscape has been carved into canyons and plateaus by the water and wind, creating marvellous shapes out of clay, sandstone and chalk.
The area explains the increased interest in the city of Tudela, on the banks of the Ebro. Visit the cathedral of Santa Maria, the chapel of Santa Ana, the Docese Museum and the Plaza de los Fueros. The cheapest time to visit is in November, with the average price of Tudela hotels on Trip Advisor, costing £56 per night.
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Now you’re ready to plan your own Game of Thrones adventure!