After nine long years and eight seasons, HBO’s fantasy drama- Game of thrones came to an end. GoT left an indelible mark on fans and audiences despite its finale end which created a massive stir among fans.
While many are still recovering from the aftermath of the show’s finale, and some are reliving the loss by re-watching the whole of it, here is another way to cope with the loss of an era that began with George R.R.Martin’s book anthology titled Songs of Ice and Fire.
Fans can relive their favourite Game of Thrones moments by travelling to the places the show was shot in. Amidst them are Croatia, Spain, Scotland and Iceland. Plan your summer holiday to any of these places and re-live and enjoy the reel for real.
Follow in the footsteps of your favorite characters and take in the magical scenery of such locales and stay in gorgeous holiday homes to relive your fandom.
Croatia’s beautiful and historic capital of Dubrovnik is home too much of the magic on the already cult classic. The city’s capital, home to the royal family and endless scenes of political intrigue are famously filmed in Dubrovnik. The city, found in southern Croatia, is known for its historical Old Town, preserved from the 16th century. A walk through the main street through Old Town, the Stradun, will give you an opportunity to do both some site-seeing and shopping, all in one day.
Where to Stay: The Rooms Klarisa Palace is located right in the heart of the Old Town district, with just a short walk to the Stradun and other historic sites. This accommodation is 200m from the Walls of Dubrovnik, 100m from Franciscan Monastery Dubrovnik. However medieval this accommodation may look, WiFi is enabled around all corners of this property.
Another famous filming location of the biggest TV series of the decade, Seville is famous for its beautiful architecture and flamenco dancing, as well as the Gothic Seville Cathedral, which is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb.
Where to Stay: Hotel Casa 1800 is great for a luxurious weekend away for two. The rooftop pool and terrace overlooking a stunning view of the historic town, and the staff will have you feeling like royalty. Enjoy hotel amenities such as a rooftop terrace, swimming pool, comfortable hand-crafted furniture, halls with neutral tones, chandeliers, and balconies with views to help you experience Seville’s architectural heritage.
This is where the fantastical adventures began and where the wolf-bannered house was first introduced, back in season one. You ought to visit Argyll and head to the Castle of Doune to embrace the northerner in you. Argyll is also home to several other castles one can explore to fulfil their wanderlust.
Where to Stay: Doune B&B provides travellers and tourists with an experience of Doune, with the castle being a mere 700m from the stay and Deanston Distillery located a little more than a kilometer away. This accommodation is a good option should you want to be temporary neighbours with the Starks.
Feeling adventurous? Head north of the wall to Thingvellir, Iceland. The national park is home to the famous Northern Lights and beautiful scenery, perfect for an escape to the north. Diehard fans can plan a trip and see the iconic Iceland mountains blanketed in snow for the full atmospheric experience.
Where to Stay: Kerbyggð Luxury House and Cottage is just a short hike away from Kerið, a famous volcanic crater lake with views so stunning they just might take your breath away. This calls for a good hike, which can be arranged by the hotel staff. Great Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park are other sites one can go visit.
Osuna is home to the Plaza De Toros De Osuna and is another beautiful location used for filming of the epic saga. A historical city located in the south of Spain, Osuna is perfect for a romantic horseback ride along the countryside. The breathtaking fighting pit made famous by the show can be visited any day of the week.
Where to Stay: Another majestic Sevillian located property, Hacienda la Morena’s picturesque surroundings and spectacular outdoor patio could easily make guests feel as though they’ve discovered paradise. The moorish resemblance is found in every room with friezesls and bright archways. The vicinity is perfect for horse riding, and nature trails.
Astapor (or in real life terms, Essaouira), Morocco
This destination was where one of the show’s most revolutionary Queens freed an army of trained, skilled slaves. The filming of this scene was in Essaouira, an ancient walled city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Take a stroll along the waterfront and you might recognize the city walls where in the show, dragons flew over the city.
Where to Stay: Riad Baladin offers tourists with a rooftop terrace with a sea view, a garden and even the choice of surfing recreation. Each room in this Riad has a patio view of the surrounding area.
Pay a visit magical Girona, Spain, made famous on TV saga as the money capital. Girona runs along the River Onyar and is celebrated for its beautiful medieval architecture Spend a sunny day by the Old Quarters and take a sunset stroll around the gardens lining the Passeig Arqueològic.
Where to stay: Hotel Victoria is a family-run hotel with an overarching view of the Tossa de Mar Beach. The rooms have a modern touch, being sun-proofed and equipped with HD flat-screen TVs and well furbished bathrooms.
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