8 emblemating filming locations in Spain

Culturally, Spain is a very rich country, in terms of history, gastronomy and landscapes. These attract millions of tourists every year, as well as producers and directors. If you’re a fan of the silver screen, you’ll probably recognize some of the filming locations when you visit Spain. Here are 8 emblematic filming locations in Spain.

Plaza Espana in Seville

We can’t begin this ranking without mentioning one of Spain’s most mythical squares. The plaza espana, renowned for its beauty, has caught the eye of many film directors, including George Lucas, who claims to have fallen in love with the square. If you’re a science fiction fan, you’ll have recognized it straight away: it’s the location used to represent the planet Naboo in Epidode II, Attack of the Clones of the Star Wars saga. Renowned for its romanticism, there couldn’t have been a more perfect place to represent Anakin and Padme’s romance.            

Girona

Many locations in Spain were used to film the hit series Game of Thrones. The main ones are, of course, Girona, which represents King’s Landing as well as Braavos in the series, and the Real Alcazar, which was used for the kingdom of Dorne. These locations have been carefully chosen to fit in perfectly with the series’ universe.

Atocha station, Madrid

The station has hosted a number of film productions, including Hollywood’s The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Other iconic Madrid landmarks such as Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Cibeles also feature in this film.

Cadix

More recently, the latest James Bond film, ‘No time to die’, has its opening scene shot in Cadiz, more precisely on its beach. The city was chosen for its similarities with Havana, where the film’s story is supposed to take place. The opening beach scene takes place on the sumptuous Caleta beach.

Tenerife

This Canary Island was the setting for many of the chases in the 6th film in the Fast and Furious saga. The scene in which Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, Brian O’Connor and Dom Toretto in the series, drive side by side took place on the TF 445 road that runs along the cliff between Buenavista del Norte and Punta de Teno.

Tabernas Desert, Almeria

This location has been used as a backdrop for numerous films. It can be seen in such famous films as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, starring Harisson Ford. In the 60s and 70s, it was also a popular location for Western films.

Bardenas Reales, Navarra

The world is not enough’ from the cult James Bond saga has some scenes shot in the incredible Bardenas Reales natural park. Scenes from Game of Thrones have also taken place here, especially at the start of the series with Daenerys.

Sagrada Familia

This world-famous basilica can also be seen on the big screen. In Woody Allen’s film ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, the basilica is the setting for a scene with Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. Other famous Barcelona landmarks, such as Parc Güell, can also be seen in the film.

In conclusion, Spain’s diverse landscape has served as the backdrop for countless iconic films, offering travelers the opportunity to step into their favorite cinematic moments. From the sun-drenched beach of Cadix to the Atocha station, each location tells its own story, inviting visitors to explore the magic of cinema in Spain.

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