Experience Spain and Morocco

Just 8 miles apart, Spain and Morocco may be coastal neighbors, but they're worlds apart -- now's your chance to explore them both.

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We enjoy gazing at the stunning Spanish architecture of Antonio Gaudi's Casa Batllo (pictured) and Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. 960 1280

  

We enjoy sipping a glass of wine and eating thinly sliced jamón serrano, a type of dry-cured Spanish ham. 960 1280

  

We love Spanish actors who've made it to Hollywood, including Javier Bardem and his wife Penelope Cruz. 960 1280

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We can't forget about the Spanish explorers who became the first to discover the Mississippi River (pictured), the Amazon River, Antarctica, Puerto Rico and many other places around the world. 960 1280

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Gazspatcho is a tomato-based, raw-vegetable soup that originated in the southern region of Andalusia, Spain. We love this cool and refreshing summer dish. 960 1280

  

We marvel at the culinary skills of Spanish chef Jose Andres, who owns Café Altantico, Zaytinya, Jaleo, Oyamel and Minibar by Jose Andres. His restaurants serve a variety of delicious cuisines. 960 1280

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Tapas, appetizers or snacks in Spanish cuisine, have become a part of the US dining experience, and it's another tasty reason why we love the Spanish. 960 1280

  

Sangria is a mixture of red wine, sliced fruit, brandy and triple sec. Eating a mid-day meal with a tall glass of sangria encourages a nice siesta. 960 1280

  

Spain has a variety of tasty wines and vineyards, but Priorat, a comarca or county in Catalonia, is one of the best and most beautiful wine districts in Spain. 960 1280

  

It's the fast and furious! Motorsports have become very popular in Spain. The country has hosted 3 Grand Prix motorcycle races. Race-car driving also gained 1,000s of new fans after Fernando Alonso Diaz won the Formula One World Driver's Championship 2 years in a row. 960 1280

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What traveler doesn't dream about relaxing on a beautiful beach in Spain? Paradisiac Beach is located on the coast of Ibiza. 960 1280

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We enjoy topping off a big dinner late at night by ordering the flan, a popular Spanish dessert. 960 1280

  

Spanish-Mexican tenor Placido Domingo is just one of several talented voices that inspire us to sing -- even if it's in the shower. And we can't forget about other famous singers like Jose Carreras, Julio Iglesias, and for the young pop music fans, Enrique Iglesias. 960 1280

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We enjoy visiting opulent castles in Spain, including Alcazar in Segovia (pictured), Palacio Real in Arajuez or Alhambra in Granada. 960 1280

  

We enjoy watching the intense passion between two Flamenco dancers. The dance originated in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia in the 18th century. 960 1280

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Women love fashion designer Manuel 'Manolo' Blahnik Rodriquez and his designer shoes, which have increased in popularity after several guest appearances on the TV show 'Sex in the City.' 960 1280

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We appreciate Pablo Picasso's artwork, as well as other Spanish artists including Salvador Dali, El Greco and Francisco de Goya. And travelers from around the world head to Spain to experience these museums: the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and the Dali Museum in Figueres. 960 1280

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Welcome to King's Landing!

Welcome to King's Landing!

King’s Landing, or as it’s known in real life, Dubrovnik, a Croatian city nested on the shore of the Adriatic Sea. Durbovnik’s stone walls, dramatic cliffs and amazing views make it the perfect seat for the king(s) of Westeros. 960 1280

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Duncan Muggoch, line producer for scenes shot in Spain and Croatia, says it is sometimes hard to film around tourists in Dubrovnik. Sherpas were used to help the production crew haul equipment through the narrow and often steep streets to specific locations throughout the city. Fans will see Croatia in the first few episodes of the fifth season. A soup kitchen scene with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) visiting High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) was filmed in Dubrovnik. 960 1280

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The Alcazar, Seville, Spain

The Alcazar, Seville, Spain

In Seville, the upper levels of the Alcazar are home to the royal family, but the palatial estate’s lush gardens are transformed into the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game of Thrones’ fourth and fifth seasons. The Alcazar’s staircases are so narrow that the production crew had to use cranes to transport equipment up to a few of the palace’s balconies. More than 8,000 visitors converge on the Alcazar each day, making it one of the most-visited attractions in Seville. 960 1280

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Plaza de Toros, Osuna, Spain

Plaza de Toros, Osuna, Spain

Located in southern Spain, the Plaza de Toros is an old bullring and national monument that was transformed into a gladiator arena for a scene in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Producers picked the popular attraction because the arena’s stone structure is similar to those found in Croatia, another place where scenes were filmed for the medieval-era drama. 960 1280

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Magheramorne Quarry, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Magheramorne Quarry, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

While 1 crew was shooting scenes in Spain and Croatia, a second production crew filmed scenes at the quarry in Magheramorne, which is located on the shores of Loch Larne. This small town of 75 residents was transformed into a fishing village called Hardhome. In previous Game of Thrones episodes, the location was also used to film scenes of Castle Black (first season) and the Battle of Blackwater (second season). 960 1280

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Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains provided the scenery for Dany’s entrance into the Dothraki holy land. Of course, the Dothraki fighting horse statues are missing, so you’ll just have to imagine the iconic gate when you visit these breathtaking mountains. 960 1280

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Doune Castle, Scotland

Doune Castle, Scotland

The Lord's Tower and East Wall of Doune Castle in Scotland should look familiar to Game of Thrones fans. Poor little Bran fell (was pushed) out one of its windows in the first season, when he saw something he shouldn’t have. Originally built in the 13th century, Doune Castle features a nature walk through the grounds for visitors. 960 1280

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The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland have played a major role in the Game of Thrones story, serving as the setting for the Kingsroad. But the area that surrounds the Dark Hedges should be a must-see for any fan, since it has been used to film Winterfell, Castle Black and the Stark family war encampment. 960 1280

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Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

If you happen to be rooting for Stannis Baratheon, Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple in Northern Ireland are your spots. Serving as the backdrop for Dragonstone Castle and Blackwater Bay, Downhill Beach was where Melisandre burned the old gods, issuing a new religion for Stannis’ followers. 960 1280

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Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

This historic bastion in Essaouira, Morocco, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also happens to have played the part of Astapor, the slave-trading city where Daenerys freed the Unsullied, including everyone’s favorite: Grey Worm. 960 1280

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Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate, a town in Morocco, is famous for the Atlas Film Corporation Studios, open to tourists for tours of the many sets left from movies like Babel and Kingdom of Heaven. Sets at this Morrocco studio stood in for the Free City of Pentos, and also served as the venue for Dany and Khal Drogo’s memorable wedding. 960 1280

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Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Iceland

At the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in Iceland, the Vatnajokull Ice Cap -- Europe’s largest ice cap -- serves as the ideal setting for the Land Beyond the Wall. Just look out for White Walkers! 960 1280

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Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Skaftafell National Park in Iceland was the setting of Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love story, from Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand’s sneak attack on the Wildlings to the near beheading of our favorite red-head. The park is open year round for GoT devotees or visitors just looking for a glacier hike. 960 1280

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