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Travel Croatia: What’s Hot in September 2019

Travel Croatia: What’s Hot in September 2019

Activities & Adventure 3 MINS READ

Croatia, believe it or not, is one of the most sought-after destinations in September and October 2019. Contrary to Slovenia and North Macedonia travel destinations, Croatia offers blue waters and pristine beaches, all of which draw travellers to Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik to visit Game of Thrones filming locations and eat and drink Balkan food like kings. Want to explore what’s new and hot in Croatia to tell your family and friends? We composed this top list by what visitors are excited about on Instagram, what they Google, and what our avid travel ambassadors suggest us seeing this month.

Game of Thrones – Travel Croatia: What’s New?

Game of Thrones Cruise Ship 2020

While we still have to wait for Game of Thrones Season 8 to see what the new shooting locations are, there are new and exciting opportunities offered to GOT fans visiting Croatia in 2020.
The cruise ship Adriatic Sun sets the way around the most iconic GOT shooting locations around the island for 7 nights. From the yacht with private balconies you can oversee King’ s Landing, Qarth, Braavos and the Westeros Riverland. Limited to 38 passengers only, this will be one-of-a-kind-experience, and with $1.895 you can live like a king straight from GOT, with breakfast, lunch, plenty of cocktails and guided tours included. What not to forget? Make sure to taste the rakija or Croatia wine, whichever sort of tipsy you want to get. And do not worry about anything – the transportation from and to the airport is included as well!

Game of Thrones Museum in Split – New Opening 2019

After visiting Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Klis GOT filming locations you may think you’ve run out of things to do in Croatia as a Game of Thrones fan. This is, however, now solved with the newly opened GOT-themed Split museum opened in May 2019. Located close to Diocletian’s cellars, the new museum compromises 300 m2 interior space. The private museum owned by Luka Galic will transform you in space and time with all your senses. The black walls and scents of cedar and jasmine, together with over 100 exhibits ranging from dragon heads to swords of Valerian steel and life-sized Jon Snow and Tyron brings you into the mystical world of Seven Kingdoms. Located at Bosanska ulica 9 and open daily between 9AM and 10PM, the GOT museum will be a great addition to those for whom series are close to the heart.

Travel Croatia on Budget – Uber in Croatia | New Uber Boat Services

Uber for a cheaper and more reliable transportation service (unless you rent a car via Nova Rent a car or use Sixt, but the reviews are not that inspiring) is available in Dubrovnik and we highly advise it! Although Uber is nothing new to Croatia, you can now enjoy the pioneering Uber Boat service. It costs around 2,600 kuna (about $416, or $52 per person) to take 8-seat boat from Hvar to Split. For a budget option, we recommend trying ferry ticket priced at $16.

Travel Croatia on Budget – Bolt (formerly Taxify) in Croatia

Bolt, the Estonian transportation sharing service company is now expanding to Croatian coastal towns. Split and Dubrovnik are now easier to navigate with a local driver, also pushing the prices once dictated by Uber slightly down.
What new did you discover on your Croatia trip in August 2019?

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Must-See Game of Thrones Locations in Spain

Must-See Game of Thrones Locations in Spain

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August 18, 2019/in EuropeSpain

 Ever wanted to find yourself at Dragonstone Castle or visiting Dorne, the Water Palace of Sunspear? We already set you up for a guided visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the majority of scenes for King’s Landing is set. But if you want to explore the real-life locations of the Seven Kingdoms and wander around other Game of Thrones Season 7 shooting locations, then look no further, as we’ve gathered this 7-day tour of Spain Game of Thrones locations for you. Now you will be able to visit all the incredible filming locations in just one week. So, let’s get started!

Days 1 and 2: Visit Seville 

It’s clear why the directors chose to shoot some of this series in Seville – it is one of Spain’s most beautiful and historically rich cities, with architecture ranging from the Gothic cathedral and Mudéjar (Moorish) palaces to churches in baroque style. If you don’t have a lot of time, then at least visit María Luisa Park and Plaza de España – these two wonders tell the story of the Andalusian capital throughout the centuries.

Game of Thrones (film still)

Royal Alcazar of Seville, Game of Thrones Spain, Dorne

This part of the series is set in the very center 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.

However, the Dorne scenes were shot here, capturing the summers of the royal Martell family. Before you go to Seville, watch Season 5, 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 real-life Golden Ceilings which Jamie Lannister walks under. You can also climb down to the Moorish Baths of the Alcazar, where Myrcella Lannister was killed by Ellaria and Sand Snakes.

Open from 9:30 am to 5 pm daily, the palace is a top attraction for tourists. We suggest you go there in the early hours to have enough time to explore everything and skip the crowds taking over the palace starting at 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 amphitheater ruins featuring Roman columns and beautiful floor mosaics dating back to Roman times in Iberia, the production of Game of Thrones season 7 and season 8 was set. In the series, you can recognize the amphitheater as the King’s Landing Dragonpit. Once used to hold over 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 your explorations where the filming of Game of Thrones occurred, 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 not only be able to visit the scene where the crew spent 12 days shooting the scene (requiring hundreds of re-shoots), but you’ll also be able to immerse yourself in the Spanish bullfighting tradition, brought to Spain by the Moors hundreds of years ago. Traditionally on feast days, Moors would kill the bulls while 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 young adults opposing the practice.

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 the 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 the set of Highgarden in the series will astound you with its magnificent sights. First screened in season 7, the castle hill finds itself under Lannister rule.

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

Game of Thrones (film still)

We recommend to come here either by bus or – if you rent a car – then know that parking space is limited and will cost you Є9.00. 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 the 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, a 3-hour drive away from Madrid, where Game of Thrones filmed the Loot Train Attack. You can recall how, in this scene, Daenerys released her dragon against the Lannisters for the first time.

To get from Highgarden to here, we suggest you go by 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. Longstop 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 the Tower of Joy which first appeared in Season 6 is located. Located between Madrid and Barcelona, the Tower of Joy houses Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark after their secret wedding. It was also the birthplace of Jon Snow.

The Zafra Castle – Bastion of Molina Manor is a magnificent 12th-century building and became one of the strongest castles in the kingdom by the 16th century. Originally an Arab fortress, the castle is only open to visitation from the 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 Zaragoza, we encourage you to share a ride on BlaBlaCar to Zaragoza and visit its beautiful city center, and then ride to the Bardenas Reales. By car, it takes around 1 hour to get to the breathtaking landscape. After seeing the soaring canyons, sandstone cliffs, and rocky outcrops, it is clear why the film crew chose the location to shoot the Dothraki Sea. The Spanish badlands made from clay, chalk, and sandstone have been molded by water and wind for centuries, turning the landscape into an otherwordly location for some scenes from Season 6.

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Basque country: food culture and beautiful locations

Basque country: food culture and beautiful locations

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Basque Country food and locations photo
Photo by Falstaf
Basque Country food and locations photo
Photo by Josu Orbe

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?


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