Game of Thrones (GoT) first went to Spain in season 5 when Dorne was first introduced. The medieval Islamic palaces of Spain were said to be what inspired R.R. when he was imagining Dorne. In Season 6, most of the filming by the southern unit (read: warm locations) shifted to Spain, and there was huge excitement among fans when Los Siete Reinos, a Spanish fan website, managed to identify the Castillo de Zafra in Campillo de Dueñas as the location of the Tower of Joy. Such is the frenzy associated with the travails for the iron throne. Naturally, when sleuths let slip that Spain is going to feature even more prominently in season 7, Spanish throners were ecstatic. And if you’re even remotely interested in one of the most popular TV shows of all time, you should be, too. Spain, after all, is a fantastic country to travel to, even without the GoT angle. Also, since filming usually takes place in relatively unknown locations, it is a great way to tread off the beaten path on your next holiday. An added advantage is that one visit from the GoT crew guarantees that tourist facilities around these places improve dramatically.
So, this year, forget about Malta and Morrocco, Ireland and Iceland, and concentrate on Spain. Just Season 7 alone will give you more than enough reason to.
quit medical school to pursue his passion for writing. A well-heeled traveller, intrepid birder and wildlife enthusiast, he is currently working on a memoir of the 15 years he spent with "the dog who didn't know better".
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