Ever since cinema has existed, Spain has been a coveted land for national and international producers. Spectacular movies starring the most famous actors in the world have been filmed throughout the Spanish territory. We present some locations in Spain where some of the most famous and spectacular movies have been filmed.
In Cantabria, and more specifically in the beautiful Palacio de los Hornillos, Amenábar filmed his movie The Others. Actress Nicole Kidman passed through the corridors and rooms of this late 18th century palace conveying the anguish of her character. Its architectural style would go on to influence the Palacio de la Magdalena, also in Cantabria and also famous for the filming of the Spanish series Gran Hotel.
Although it is hard to recognize, the Plaza de España in Seville was also a setting used in the movie Star Wars. Due to the digitalization of the movie, this fact can escape you but it is seen specifically in the scene in which Anakin Skywalker escorts Padmé Amidala in Naboo. Of course, the architecture of this square is more than worthy of appearing in film!
In addition, the movie Perfume was filmed for the most part in Figueres, Girona and Barcelona. Between the hidden corners and alleyways of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter you will find the Plaza San Felip Neri. This oasis right in the middle of the city stands out due to its tranquility and silence in the core of bustling Barcelona, and perhaps that is why it was selected to shoot the first murder scene in Perfume, in which the redheaded woman appears.
Another of the famous movies of director Alejandro Amenábar, Open Your Eyes, was set principally on Madrid’s Gran Vía. The opening scene, in which actor Eduardo Noriega passes through it when it is completely empty of people and traffic, is truly spectacular. In fact, in no part of that scene did they use any special effects. Amenábar managed to get them to cut all traffic (both motor and human) in this central Madrid street. The Gran Vía has been the setting for many other movies, such as Álex de la Iglesia’s The Day of the Beast.
The Tabernas Desert in Almeria is our most famous setting worldwide. Hundreds of westerns were filmed in this desert, but to give a more current example, we could remind you of the tank chase in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, although in reality there were a great number of movies filmed there.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first part of the famous Millennium trilogy, had its closing scene on the Paseo Marítimo de Pablo Ruiz Picasso, a promenade in the city of Málaga, facing La Malagueta beach.
Our most famous lighthouse is that of the Cap de Barbaria, on the spectacular island of Formentera, thanks to the movie Sex and Lucia. Although it is only for the movie cover, perhaps one of the most recognizable scenes in the film is that of actress Paz Vega getting on a motorbike and riding away from the lighthouse. But the whole island is seen in all of its splendor throughout the movie and is truly spectacular.
A large part of Simbad the Sailor was filmed in Majorca. Among the more recent movies there is Cloud Atlas, the last of the Wachowski Brothers (famous for The Matrix).
Cádiz is known as Little Havana due to the similarities that exist between the two coastal towns, separated by the immense Atlantic. The likeness is such that even for movies made in Hollywood it has served as a setting to depict Cuba. In the James Bond movie Die Another Day you can see that the Malecón port is actually Cadiz’s Castillo de Santa Catalina.
The final movie of the Pedro Almodóvar-Penélope Cruz partnership, Broken Embraces, left La Mancha for warmer lands. It turned out to be the island of Lanzarote which played host to the shooting of part of the movie. You are sure to recognize Guatiza’s cactus garden when you watch the movie!
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