Film Tourism in Spain
National and foreign travellers alike agree that one of the most interesting aspects of cultural tourism is to be able to immerse oneself into the filming locations and settings used in the most legendary films. Undoubtedly, this is something Spain has an extensive experience in, owing to films like Doctor Zhivago, Indiana Jones or The Bourne Ultimatum, as well as plenty of movies belonging to the Western genre and Spanish productions, which the country can proudly include in its résumé. The variety in genres and production countries is very extensive. Additionally, the whole of the Spanish territory has been visited by great directors, actors and filming teams, leaving Spain forever immortalised on camera. Today, we would like to invite you to take a small tour throughout some of these productions. Before you is a golden opportunity to book a hotel in the centre of Madrid or in Granada, in order to follow the steps of the greatest film stars.
Madrid: great place for cultural tourism
When we speak about film sets, the capital city of Spain has a lot of stories to tell us in that respect. The Kio Towers in Madrid, for example, starred in The Day of the Beast film, directed by Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia. In this film, this construction is considered to be the doors of hell. It also appears in Torrente 3: The Protector, where it’s destroyed as a consequence of a plane crash.
It’s hard to imagine Gran Vía empty, but this is how it appears in the Open You Eyes film, directed by Alejandro Amenábar, and it’s remembered as one of the most memorable scenes in the film. Eduardo Noriega’s character -the star of the story- is surprised by the desert this usually crowded arterial street of the capital city of Spain has become.
As for international cinema and the action genre, Madrid can boast having been one of the filming locations for The Bourne Ultimatum. The story unfolds in the streets of the Paseo de la Castellana, the Atocha railway station, the viaduct of the Bailén street, the Santa Cruz square or the Miguel Ángel street.
Andalucía: a very eventful cinematic route
It’s not in vain the Council of Tourism, Commerce and Sports of Andalucía considered the creation of the Great Cinematic Route, together with Andalucía Film Commission, in support of cultural tourism. It is a fact that this region of Spain has an extensive experience in this particular area. Almería is extremely well-known for possessing the ideal settings for the Western genre, having welcomed a total number of 163 films which premiered in theatres all around the world. This place saw the filming of Lawrence of Arabia, Once Upon a Time in the West, Seven Guns from Texas, I’ll Kill Him and Return Alone, Treasure Island, and A Fistful of Dollars.
Additionally, other films and TV series were filmed in Almería, namely Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, James Bond: Never Say Never Again; or, more recently, an episode of the legendary British TV series Doctor Who.
Another legendary motion picture that has been filmed in the Andalusian territory is the cinematic classic Doctor Zhivago. In this adaptation of the literary piece under the same name some of the settings can be identified with Granada, or to be more precise, the comarca of the Marquesado de Zenete. These settings evoked the vastness of the Ural Mountains.
Ayna: for lovers of the most classic Spanish cinema
If you’re looking to give your cultural tourism trip a typically Spanish tinge of a few decades ago, you can visit the municipality of Ayna, in Albacete. This place saw the filming of the production Amanece que no es poco (alternatively called Dawn Breaks, Which is No Small Thing in the English speaking countries), which is considered to be a cult movie. In this charming city, visitors will be able to see one of the settings chosen for the film, and even speak to some of the cast members, for the very inhabitants of this town were invited to participate in the filming. If you stay in a hotel in Albacete, you will be able to visit this picturesque municipality.
This is just a small sample of all the movies that have been filmed here. Spain boasts numerous charming cities you can get immersed into in order to live an unforgettable cultural experience.