cusslynest blog travel blog croatia vacation beaches holidays in europe spain florida naples dubrovnik granada alicante valencia san sebastian zaragoza madrid barcelona travel guides

Game of Thrones Spain Roadtrip

Game of Thrones Spain. GOT and Spain. Sounds like it does not go together? Sunny Spanish culture and Game of Thrones winter and wars may seem like an odd combination but is nevertheless true.

 Ever wanted to find yourself at Dragonstone or visit Dorne, the Water Palace of Sunspear? We already set you up for a guided visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the majority of scenes for the King’s Landing is set. Want to explore the realities of the Seven Kingdoms and wander around Game of Thrones Season 7 shooting locations? Ee prepared a 7-day tour to Spain for you. Now, you will be able to visit all filming locations in just 1 week. So, let’s start from here!

Days 1 and 2. Game of Thrones Spain: Visit Seville 

There is no wonder directors chose to shoot series in Seville – it is one of Spain’s most beautiful and historically rich cities, with architecture ranging from the Gothic cathedral to Mudéjar (Moorish) palaces to churches in baroque style. If you have no time, then visit at least María Luisa Park and Plaza de España – these two wonders tell the story of Andalusian capital throughout the centuries.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Royal Alcazar of Seville, Game of Thrones Spain Dorne

Series are set in the very centre of Sevilla, the Royal Alcazar of Seville. To shoot here, the film crew had to get special permission to close half of the palace for the time being, which is not an easy task, as the palace is the tourist hotspot and the general policy is against movie shooting here.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Game of Thrones (film still)

However, the Dorne scenes were shot here, capturing the summers of royal Martell family. Before you go to Seville, watch Season 5 starting Episode #2 showing the Water Garden. From there on, you can see almost every corner of the Dornish Palace. From Ambassador’s Hall where Jamie Lannister, Doran Martell and Ellaria Sand are resting on the royal couches, to the Golden Ceilings which Jamie Lannister passes. You can also climb down to the Moorish Baths of the Alcazar where Myrcella Lannister was killed by Ellaria and Sand Snakes.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Game of Thrones (film still)

Open from 9.30 am to 5 pm daily, the palace is the top attraction for tourists. We suggest you go there in the early hours to have enough time and skip the crowds taking over the palace from noon.

Look up more information on the museum website.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Italica,Game of Thrones Spain Dragonpit

Just outside Seville, in the ancient amphitheatre ruins with some columns and beautiful floor mosaics dating back to Roman times in Iberia, the production of Game of Thrones season 7 and season 8 is set. In series, you can recognize the amphitheatre as a King’s Landing Dragonpit. Once served to 25,000 spectators, this indeed a must-visit for all GOT fans, especially if you want to take a short break from the tourist crowds in Sevilla.

How to get here?

Get on a bus from Sevilla Villanueva Serena to Santipoce. The ticket costs 10,34€ – you can buy it from the company website or get on the bus.

Day 2. Visit Osuna and Castillo de Almodóvar del Río

To continue the exploration of the Game of Thrones filming locations, go to Osuna and Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, which you will recognize as Daznak’s Pit and Highgarden.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Osuna, Daznak’s Pit

About an hour ride from Seville lies Osuna, a small but extremely beautiful historic town. In the series, the bullring hosts a scene where Daenerys settles a score with Meereen slave masters in the Dance of Dragons.

You will be able not only to visit the scene where the crew spent 12 days to shoot the scene, requiring hundreds of re-shoots but also immerse yourself in Spanish bullfighting tradition, brought to Spain by Moors. On feast days, Moors would kill the bulls riding on horseback. Modern-day Matador style bullfighting, though, came around only in the 18th century. Contrary to popular belief, the tradition is not banned entirely but has lost its popularity with 93% of youngsters being against.

Game of Thrones (film still)

How to get here?

Take a train to Almeria from Sevilla Santa Justa to Osuna. The train runs every hour and costs Є11.50. We suggest planning the early arrival, so you can take your time in Osuna and make it to Highgarden shooting location the same day.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Game of Thrones (film still)

Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, Highgarden

The 8th-century medieval castle serving as Highgarden in series will disarm you with its magnificent sights. First screened in season 7, the castle hill finds itself under Lannister rule.

Just as in series you can see it from far away – the castle hill stands out in the landscape, as it is the only hill in miles. There is an easy and scenic trail, and you can climb the towers to see the views.

Game of Thrones (film still)

We recommend to come here either by bus or – if you rent a car – then parking space is limited and will cost you Є 9.00. The castle is open on weekends from 11 am to 8 pm, but beware the weekdays – the Spanish siesta takes place from 2.30 om to 4 pm, and the castle is open to visitors only in mornings and evenings.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Day 3. Visit Game of Thrones Spain Los Barruecos

The nature reserve Los Barruecos is located just near Caceres, 3-hour drive away from Madrid. The Loot Train attack was shot here. As for series, you can recall how for the first time Daenerys released her dragon against the Lannisters.

To get from Highgarden here, we suggest you to go on BlaBla car and get a ride-share through Merida. Or, you can skip the public transport hassle and head straight to Castillo de Zafra via Madrid.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Days 4 – 5. Long stop in Madrid and Castillo de Zafra

Either coming from Caceres or Cordoba,  there is no way to avoid Madrid, the capital of Spain, on your way to Castillo de Zafra where Tower of Joy appearing first in Season 6 is located. Located between Madrid and Barcelona, the Tower of Joy homes Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark after their secret wedding. It was also a birthplace of Jon Snow.

The Zafra Castle – Bastion of Molina Manor is a magnificent 12th-century building and one of the strongest castles in the kingdom by the 16th century. Originated as an Arab fortress, the castle is only open to visitors from outside.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Days 6 – 7. Stay in Zaragoza and Game of Thrones Spain Bardenas Reales

As the Bastion of Molina Manor is located near to Zaragoza, we encourage you to share a ride on BlaBlaCar to Zaragoza, visiting its beautiful city centre, and then ride to the Bardenas Reales. Going by car, it takes around 1 hour to get to the breathtaking landscape. After seeing the soaring canyons, sandstone cliffs and rocky outcrops, there is no wonder why the film crew chose the location to shoot the Dothraki Sea. The Spanish badlands made from clay, chalk and sandstone have been moulded by water and wind for centuries, and you can see it just like another planet once again on Season 6.

Wish to share the adventure? Pin this on Pinterest!

CuddlyNest Blog by Anna Auza Vacation Rentals All Around the Worls

Brunch en Barcelona #LQQCQ

¿Sabéis lo que es un Brunch? Primero de todo, nos gustaría explicaros el concepto. La palabra Brunch es una mezcla de Breakfast (desayuno) y Lunch (comida) y consiste en una comida que se da generalmente luego del desayuno y antes del almuerzo, aunque también entre el almuerzo y la merienda. Es decir, una comida entre comidas en la que casi todo está permitido.

Es por eso que este sábado mandamos a Jennifer Garcia (nuestra embajadora en Barcelona), a uno de los cafés más emblemáticos de la ciudad condal: Alsur Café. Este café con diferentes locales en la ciudad está poniendo de moda otro concepto: #LQQCQ, es decir, lo que quieras cuando quieras. Porqué, ¿quién no ha soñado con unos churronuts para comer?


¿Y que son los churronuts? Pues como su nombre indica, una mezcla entre donuts y churros, y es que en Alsur Café no dejan de innovar. Con su propio obrador en la ciudad y con un reputado equipo de cocina, estos maestros del brunch no descansan para encontrar la mezcla ideal capaz de deleitar a sus comensales diariamente. Y es que no es fácil ser una de las tendencias en una ciudad como Barcelona. Por eso mandamos a nuestra embajadora CuddlyNest para que experimentara en primera persona el concepto #LQQCQ y os hiciera llegar a todos ese sabor único de los platos preparados con amor.

Por eso, si estáis en Barcelona disfrutando de una de nuestra #CuddlyStay hacerla aún más memorable (si se puede), con una experiencia gastronómica apta para todos los bolsillos y los paladares más exquisitos del mundo. Porque en Cuddlynest intentamos que todo el mundo se sienta como en casa en cualquier lugar, porque queremos que vuestras estancias sean únicas y a medida. Porque lo importante es saber que estés dónde estés hay alguien que se preocupa por tu bienestar.

Pinterest pin:

brunch laces in barcelona where to go 2019

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtlxhJTFHId/

Basque country: food culture and beautiful locations

A bit of history: The Basque Country or Basque Autonomous Community was granted the status of nationality within Spain, attributed by the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The autonomous community is based on the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country, a foundational legal document providing the framework for the development of the Basque people on Spanish soil, although the territory of Navarra was left out and made into a separate autonomous community.

Essential stops

Navarra: Pamplona

The Basque Country is known worldwide for its wines and its gastronomy. If you travel to this part of Spain it is essential that you stop by its bars and restaurants. Here you can find the famous Tapas that are part of the Spanish culture. There is immensity of restaurants and locations where you can taste these magnificent culinary works.

If you pass through Pamplona, take a walk around San Nicolás and Estafeta (famous street for being the route of the bulls during the San Fermines). A must stop is the Asador Katuzarra. Also, if you want to have a coffee with splendid views of the city, go up to the Meson Caballo Blanco. Going out to taste wines on the street is part of the culture of Navarra, its streets are always full of people and good energy (especially on a Saturday night).

 

Guipuzcoa: Zumaia and San Sebastián 

Obligatory stop: Zumaia, a town that will leave you breathless. On the way to San Sebastian, stop for lunch at the Idoia Ardotegia restaurant. Do not leave without tasting the famous and the Tapas they have at the bar. The best thing is that the kitchen does not close. To drop off the food, go to the beach of Zumaia, 5 minutes walk, one of the locations of the famous series of Game of Thrones.

Probably San Sebastián is the best known for its beauty and the Comb of the Wind created by the famous sculptor Chillida. A place where the whole family can enjoy and have a good time even if the weather is not on your side. Recommendation: bring change clothes for the children (or grown children), it is easy to get soaked.

Vizcaya: Bilbao, Mundaka, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Another essential stop of the Basque geography: Bilbao. Stroll through The Seven Streets and go for Tapas in Plaza Nueva. Try the croquetas, the chuletones and do not forget to taste the spectacular pinchos de fua accompanied by a glass of Ramón Bilbao. Obviously, you can not miss the obligatory visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

Mundaka, widely known by surf lovers. In this town the famous left is born, a long wave that has made the Basque Country worldwide popular. If you want to see it with your own eyes, consult the forecasts before, since the ideal conditions are not always available to see it. A perfect spot to watch it is the Hotel El Puerto, with a terrace located to the best views, while you enjoy some jamón serrano and a glass of wine.

A stop that has become even more famous than San Sebastian is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. The explanation is simple, it is the scene of the meeting between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in the Seventh Season of Game of Thrones. Who does not remember that conversation going down the steps of Dragonstone?

 

Enjoyed the article?

Pin this: