March 27, 2015 | DialAFlight
The eagerly-awaited fifth series of ‘Game of Thrones’ begins soon (13 April). The show’s epic scenes of swords and sorcery action are sure to leave viewers thirsty for a real-world taste of the fantasy’s exploits. Why not travel to one of these Thrones’ locations with leading UK tour operator DialAFlight?
Spain, Seville (Water Palaces of Dorne)
A new location for season five, the city of Seville stands in for the hot, dusty, mythical city of Dorne, homeland of the Martell family. Alcázar of Seville, a fortified Moorish castle dating back to the ninth century (and the oldest Royal residence in Europe), has been chosen as the Martells’ home, the Water Gardens of Dorne. Originally built as a Moorish fort, the palace is a heavenly warren of tranquil courtyards, orange groves, ornately-tiled rooms, fountain-filled gardens and intricate arches.
Save 15% on a three-night stay in Seville’s old town at the boutique Hospes Las Casas Del Rey De Baeza (a former Andalucían king’s palace). The price is from £359 pp (two sharing) including accommodation in a Dreamer’s Room, a welcome glass of Manzanilla plus Jamón ibérico, and British Airways flights (Gatwick). Valid for departures from 1 to19 October.
Croatia, Dubrovnik, (King’s Landing)
The historic walled city of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Adriatic coast has been the real-world setting for King’s Landing since season two. The honey-coloured city still features in most episodes and has often been used as the backdrop to scenes of warring clans as noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Fort Lovrijenac, an imposing fortress nestled on rocks, fills in for the Red Keep and the bay just outside its walls was the scene for the naval Battle of Blackwater.
Save 10% on a five-night stay in Dubrovnik’s Old Town at the majestic Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, overlooking the terracotta skyline and glistening Adriatic Sea. The price is from £649 pp (two sharing) including breakfast and flights (Gatwick). Valid for departures from 1 to 26 May.
Morocco, Essaouira (Astapor)
The beguiling city of Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, with its fortified walls, fishing harbour and historic medina, is the setting for the ancient city of Astapor. Although a warrior-trading city in the show, the real-life setting is much more tranquil; the same trade winds that made Essaouira a thriving port in the Middle Ages now instead lure surfers to its windswept beaches.
Enjoy three nights for the price of two in Essaouira at the recently-opened five-star Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, a luxurious resort with an inviting infinity pool, sumptuous spa and impressive Gary Player-designed golf course. The price is from £349 pp (two sharing) including British Airways flights (Gatwick). Valid for departures from 4 May to 19 July.
Season 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’ airs on Sky Atlantic on 13 April at 9pm.
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