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The Most Popular Game Of Thrones TV Show Locations For Fans And Tourists Are In Spain – Olive Press News Spain

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GAME OF THRONES fans are eagerly gearing up for the new prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ which premieres on August 21 in the US and over the following days internationally.

Location shoots happened last year in Spain, with Caceres being used, like in Game of Thrones, for the drama which stars ex-Doctor Who, Matt Smith.

Trujillo Castle In Caceres
DRAGON’ RETURNS TO TRUJILLO, CACERES

The original worldwide hit used stunning international locations and four of the top five most popular for visitors are in Spain.

Pop culture specialists, Zavvi, produced their list of most visited locations by looking at photos posted on social media featuring location hashtags and filtering.

The most visited location is the Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara- also known as the Tower of Joy, which featured in season six of Game of Thrones.

According to Google Trends, Thrones filming locations had a 92% rise in interest in July, with the Castillo de Zafra , seeing a 50% increase in searches.

Morocco’s Essaouira came second followed by Caceres with the old castle doubling up as ‘King’s Landing’.

Four on the list is Itzurun beach at Gipuzkoa in the Basque Country which in season seven showed the landing of Queen Daenerys at Dragonstone.

In fifth place is Peniscola in Castellon Province which became the city of Meereen which was captured by Daenerys.

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Police Investigate Spate Of ‘needle Spike’ Attacks On Women In Clubs Across Spain – Olive Press News Spain

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SPANISH police are investigating a spate of recent attacks across Spain on women who believe they were spiked with needles at nightclubs. 

Police forces across different regions in Spain have noticed a surge in recent reports from women who believe they were drugged and suffered memory loss and who discovered localised bruising indicating that they had been pricked with a needle.

Around 50 cases are being investigated across Spain in a growing trend that has been seen in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

So far, Spanish police have not confirmed any cases of sexual assault or robbery related to the mysterious jabs and evidence of drugs have only been found in one victim, a13-year-old girl in the northern city of Gijon who had the party drug ecstasy in her system.

Local media reported that the girl was rushed to hospital by her parents, who were near her when she felt a prick with something sharp.

A number of such cases were reported during San Fermin festivities in Pamplona, northern Spain, with at least four women seeking help from emergency services because they were dizzy or lost consciousness after feeling a pinprick.

Another 23 cases at least have been reported in Catalunya, while others have been reported in the Canary Islands, the Balearics Islands, the Basque Country and Andalucia.

The latest cases were recorded in Puerto de Santamaria in Cadiz where four women went to the police in the belief that they had been injected with a drug that made them feel dizzy.

One young woman, Miriam Alba, went public with her experience after a night out in Barcelona. “…at a club in Barcelona, I was injected in the thigh. As soon as I realised I ran to the doorman who helped me. Ten minutes after being injected, I collapsed on the sofa feeling unconscious,” she wrote on Twitter.

Hoy en la discoteca arena classic me han pinchado en el muslo. En cuanto me he dado cuenta he ido corriendo al portero de la discoteca, el cual, ayudandome, me ha sentado en un sofá y a los 10 minutos me he desplomado, quedándome semi insconsciente y con una sensación

— Miriam Alba (@miriamalbalopez) July 27, 2022

Spain’s Equality Minster Irene Montero acknowledged the growing problem and said: “In the last few days, there’s been a few reports of women who have been needle spiked in clubs, bars and pubs.”

En los últimos días hemos conocido testimonios de mujeres agredidas mediante sumisión química en bares, pubs y discotecas.

La semana pasada firmamos un convenio con @espana_denoche para que los lugares de ocio nocturno sean también puntos violetas??

— Irene Montero (@IreneMontero) August 1, 2022

Spanish authorities issued guidelines to those who believe they may have been drugged in this way; don’t be alone, tell staff at the bar/nightclub and report it to police by calling 112.

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Alcampo Supermarket Chain Buys 235 Stores And Warehouse From Struggling DIA In Spain – Olive Press News Spain

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FRENCH retailer Auchan says its Spanish subsidiary Alcampo will buy 235 supermarkets and a warehouse from the struggling DIA group

Subject to clearances from competition authorities, the deal should be concluded within weeks with all transfers completed before the summer of 2023.

The stores will be in the northern and central areas of Spain covering the regions of Aragon, Asturias, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Castilla y Leon, Galicia, Madrid and Navarra.

The warehouse will be in Valladolid.

Auchan Retail CEO, Yves Claude, said: “The purchase significantly strengthens our presence in a country of strategic importance for our brand with the ambition of accelerating our growth in Spain.”

DIA says it wants to focus entirely on smaller shops and will reinvest the money from Auchan in a new business model to turnaround its fortunes.

DIA is owned by the LetterOne investment firm, co-founded by Russian oligarch, Mikhail Fridman.

The company, which also operates in Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, reported losses of over €500 million in 2019.

It converted a similar amount of debt in November 2020 into new equity as part of a business transformation plan.

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